We won’t be seeing any joke entries in Melodifestivalen 2019.
Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed that this year’s edition of Melodifestivalen will feature “no joke entries”. They explained the reason for their decision on their Twitter account:
Happy New Year! The new
#Melfest deal for 2019 = no “joke entries”. The reason = the hosts, of which two are professional comedians. A good change, or would you like more humour in the songs?
They went on to further elaborate their point, explaining that “it’s all about balance and variation from year to year. This year, the humour will mostly be in the jokey interval acts and not in the competing entries”. This was revealed after Christer Björkman stated that there are at least four competing songs that he believes can make top 5 at the Eurovision Song Contest, which you can read more about here.
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
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.
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.