The acts taking part in Melodifestivalen 2019 will be revealed on November 27th.
Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed on Twitter that the 2019 artist press conference will take place on November 27th. The time is yet to be confirmed, however the event usually takes place in the morning.
November 27th! ????
— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) November 16, 2018
Melodifestivalen, 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
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.
Earlier this month, the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported that two-time finalist Wiktoria, fan favourite Nano, and former winners Arvingarna join FO&O’s Oscar Enestad as hotly tipped names to be revealed in next year’s line up this November.
More recently, Aftonbladet also tipped Margaret, Magnus Carlsson and Ann-Louise Hanson as also entering the competition. Margaret finished seventh in the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 with the song “In My Cabana”. Former Alcazar member Magnus Carlsson last participated in the competition in 2015 with “Möt mig i Gamla stan”.
It was also 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.
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.