SVT have confirmed the running order for Melodifestivalen 2019.
The full running order of the 28 songs that will compete in the 4 semi-finals of the Swedish selection for Eurovision 2019 is as follows:
GÖTEBORG – DELTÄVLING 1
1. Nano – Chasing Rivers
2. High 15 – No Drama
3. Wiktoria – Not With Me
4. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina – Mina bränder
5. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider
6. Mohombi – Hello
7. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes To Ashes
MALMÖ – DELTÄVLING 2
1. Andreas Johnson – Army Of Us
2. Malou Prytz – I Do Me
3. Oscar Enestad – I Love It
4. Jan Malmsjö – Leva livet
5. Vlad Reiser – Nakna i regnet
6. Hanna Ferm & Liamoo – Hold You
7.Margaret – Tempo
LEKSAND – DELTÄVLING 3
1. The Lovers Of Valdaro – Somebody Wants
2. Dolly Style – Habibi
3. Martin Stenmarck – Låt skiten brinna
4. Lina Hedlund – Victorious
5. Omar Rudberg – Om om och om igen
6. Rebecka Karlsson – Who I Am
7. Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Norrsken
LIDKÖPING – DELTÄVLING 4
1. Pagan Fury – Stormbringer
2. Anton Hagman – Känner dig
3. Lisa Ajax – Torn
4. Arvingarna – I Do
5. Bishara – On My Own
6. Ann-Louise Hansson – Kärleken finns kvar
7. John Lundvik – Too Late For Love
The first semi final takes place on Saturday 2 February. The final of the event will take place in the Friends Arena, in Stockholm on March 9th, preceded by the Second Chance round (Andra Chansen) in Nyköping on March 2nd. The winner of the contest will go on to represent Sweden in Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This years line-up 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.
Swedish broadcaster SVT have previously commented on Twitter that there will be “no joke entries” in this years contest, 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”. Christer Björkman, producer of the show, has also 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.
Many strong ballads are said to be competing in Melodifestivalen 2019, including from returning artists Lisa Ajax and Wiktoria.
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.