Christer Björkman has stated that four of the songs that will be competing in Melodifestivalen 2019 could finish in the top five at Eurovision.
There are five songs in Melodifestivalen 2019 that could take Sweden back in to the top four in May 2019 according to Christer Björkman. Speaking to SVT, he stated that at least four of the songs that will be taking to the stage have the potential for a top five finish in May, something that Sweden has done six times since 2010.
Christer Björkman explained that he is happy with the mix of well known artists and high quality songs explaining;
This year it has not even been an issue, because there have been so many interesting names. It is not every year we have this. Usually the names are available, but then we may not have the right songs. This time, there has been a lot of good music to choose from.
The lineup features many returning artists, including three former Melodifestivalen winners; Anna Bergendahl (2010), Martin Stenmarck (2005) and Arvingarna (1993). Two other former winners, Robin Stjernberg (2013) and Nanne Grönvall (1996, as part of One More Time) are also returning as songwriters for Omar and Arvingarna respectively.
Melodifestivalen will return on Saturday February 2 2019 in Gothenburg with the final, as usual, due to take place in Stockholm’s Friends Arena on Saturday March 9 2019. The full schedule is as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 – Gothenburg – February 2
- Semi-Final 2 – Malmö – February 9
- Semi-Final 3 – Leksand – February 16
- Semi-Final 4 – Lidköping – February 23
- Andra Chansen/Second Chance – Nyköping- March 2
- Final – Stockholm – March 9
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.