Lidköping who last hosted a Melodifestivalen show in 2014, is approaching the contests producers in hopes of hosting a round in 2019.
The Municipality of Lidköping has submitted a bid to the organisers of Melodifestivalen to host one round of the show in the next three years. Lidköping which has only ever hosted the contest once before in 2014, has set aside 700,000 SEK in funding to assist with the hosting of the competition.
Should the town be successful in its bid to host a Melodifestivalen show, the contest would return to the Sparbanken Lidköping Arena. The arena was opened in 2009 and can host up to 12,500 people.
Since Melodifestivalen began touring across Sweden in 2002 a total of 27 towns and cities have hosted the competition. Lidköping is one of nine towns to have hosted the competition just once.
28 songs will compete in Melodifestivalen. 14 will be selected by a panel from the public submissions process. The other 14 songs will be chosen by SVT directly, these songs are either through invitation or from the public submissions process. As ever the winner of P4 Nästa will be guaranteed one of the spots in the Melodifestivalen line up.
Benjamin Ingrosso represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal last week. At the Grand Final, he placed 7th with 274 points. Sweden recorded their worst result in a televote for a decade finishing 23rd with the public and scoring just 21 points.
Source: ESC Sverige
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.