Sweden’s Melodifestivalen returns this season with another twenty-eight rising star, chart-topping artists and former participants fighting for the right to represent the country in Tel Aviv next May. Earlier this month Aftonbladet reported that two-time finalist Wiktoria, fan favourite Nano, and former winners Arvingarna join the FO&O’s Oscar Enestad as hotly tipped names to be revealed in next year’s line up this November.
Tomorrow, SVT will announce the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2019, which will tour the country over six weeks next Spring. David Lindgren has presented the last two editions of the contest, alone on stage this year and joined by Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson the year before. In 2016 Gina Dirawi hosted the show, joined on stage by a different co-host each week; Petra Mede, Henrik Schyffert, Sarah Dawn Finer, Ola Salo, Peter Jöback and William Spetz.
This year, Aftonbladet is suggesting that comedian Marika Carlsson will be one of several presenters taking the lead at this year’s contest. Marika is one of ten stars that appeared in this year’s tour of Diggiloo.
Renowned for leaks about the contest, Aftonbladet release a list of names each year of artists supposedly confirmed to be participating in the contest – most of which usually end up matching those announced in November’s on stage reveal.
The Swedish national selection process for Eurovision will return on Saturday 2nd February 2019 in Gothenburg with the final, as usual, due to take place in Stockholm’s Friends Arena on Saturday 9th March 2019. The full schedule is as follows:
Deltävling 1 – Gothenburg – February 2nd
Deltävling 2 – Malmö – February 9th
Deltävling 3 – Leksand – February 16th
Deltävling 4 – Lidköping – February 23rd
Andra Chansen/Second chance – Nyköping- March 2nd
Final – Stockholm – March 9th
Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö are all regular stops on the annual Melodifestivalen tour. 2019 will be the fourth time that Leksand has hosted one of the shows, the third time for Nyköping and the second for Lidköping.
It is expected that the 28 competing artists for the competition will be unveiled in November. The Lovers of Valdaro have already been confirmed as the first act in the contest after they claimed a wildcard entry after winning P4 Nästa 2018, a show to find new musical artists in Sweden.
General submissions for the contest opened at the end of August. Artists wishing to compete in the contest had until 17th September to submit their entries to SVT.
It was recently confirmed that Swedish director, writer and Eurovision commentator, Edward af Sillén will return to Melodifestivalen in 2019 as a consultant. Af Sillén was responsible for the script of Eurovision 2016, hosted in Stockholm. His appointment follows a year in which the contest was criticised and suffered its lowest audiences since 2011.
Benjamin Ingrosso represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. 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.