Over 3.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018 on Saturday night in Sweden.
A total of 3,328,000 viewers tuned in to watch the first show in Melodifestivalen 2018 on Saturday night live from Karlstad. 3,303,000 viewers watched the show broadcast live on SVT1, while a further 25,000 viewers watched the sign language broadcast on SVT24. This year is the first time that all of Melodifestivalen will be broadcast with sign language.
The first semi-final was the most watched Melodifestivalen opening show since 2015, with 100,000 more viewers tuning in to the contest compared to 2017. The viewing figures for the first semi-final since 2010 are as follows:
- 2010 – 2,976,000
- 2011 – 3,041,000
- 2012 – 3,371,000
- 2013 – 3,564,000
- 2014 – 3,364,000
- 2015 – 3,383,000
- 2016 – 3,279,000
- 2017 – 3,224,000
- 2018 – 3,328,000
Seven artists took to the stage in Karlstad on Saturday night in the hope of qualifying directly to the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 or going to Andra Chansen, the second chance round held on March 3rd. The results are as follows:
- John Lundvik – “My Turn” (Qualified to the Final)
- Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off” (Qualified to the Final)
- Renaida – “All the Feels” (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
- Sigrid Bernson – “Patrick Swayze” (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
- Edward Blom – “Livet på en pinne” (5th place, DNQ)
- Kamferdrops – “Solen lever kvar hos dig” (6th place, DNQ)
- Kikki Danielsson – “Osby Tennessee” (7th place, DNQ)
Melodifestivalen is being used once again this year to choose Sweden’s next entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. A total of 2772 entries were submitted to Melodifestivalen 2018. Twenty-three artists are making their debut at the contest next year, with fourteen returning artists.
The 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen will be hosted by David Lindgren. He returns this year after hosting the 2017 edition of the contest with Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. David is the third presenter to return as a host for a second consecutive year, the others being Kristian Luuk (2007 and 2008), and Gina Dirawi (2012 and 2013).
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.