The international juries who will determine 50% of the result in the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 next week have been revealed by SVT.
SVT has today revealed the eleven international juries that will determine 50% of the result in the final of Melodifestivalen 2018, next weekend. The juries are
- United Kingdom
Albania, Georgia and Portugal will all be making their first appearance as international juries in Melodifestivalen. Each jury is formed of five individuals who will judge all of the songs that will compete in the final.
The announcement of the eleven international juries means that the Czech Republic, Israel, Malta, Norway and Ukraine will not be giving their views on this years finalists.
Selected to compete in the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 so far are:
- Benjamin Ingrosso
- John Lundvik
- Samir & Viktor
- Martin Almgren
- Jessica Andersson
The final two singers joining the line-up will be determined this Saturday in Andra Chansen. Competing for a place in the final are:
- Sigrid Bernsson
- Mimi Werner
- Olivia Eliasson
- Felix Sandman
The 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen is being hosted by former participant 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).
Melodifestivalen has been used for many years to select the Swedish Eurovision entry. 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 remaining dates of Melodifestivalen 2018 are:
- 03/03/2018 (Second Chance Round): Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
- 10/03/2018 (Grand Final): Friends Arena, Stockholm
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.