The first participant in Melodifestivalen 2020 will be chosen through the final of P4 Nästa on September 12.
One of the acts that will be competing to represent Sweden in Eurovision 2021 will be chosen on September 12. The final of the radio contest P4 Nästa, will be held on the second Saturday in September, two weeks later than traditionally.
Twenty-five regional selections will be held by P4 stations across Sweden. From the twenty-five winners of regional selections, eight will be selected to go through to a final. The selections kicked off on Wednesday with the final at P4 Skaraborg, with the last selection on July 17 held by P4 Blekinge.
The final of P4 Nästa has since 2013, seen one artist selected by SVT to compete in the next edition of Melodifestivalen. Amanda Aasa was given the wildcard into Melodifestivalen this year and competed with “Late”, she finished 6th in the third semi-final. To date no P4 Nästa wildcard has made it out of the semi-finals.
The artists and songs that have won their regional selections so far are:
The full list of selection dates are as follows:
- May 26 – P4 Uppland
- May 28 – P4 Halland, P4 Jönköping, P4 Västernorrland
- May 28 – P4 Malmöhus, P4 Sörmland
- June 1 – P4 Kalmar
- June 4 – P4 Kristianstad, P4 Örebro
- June 5 – P4 Dalarna, P4 Kronoberg, P4 Stockholm, P4 Värmland, P4 Östergötland, P4 Väst
- June 10 – P4 Göteborg, P4 Norrbotten
- June 12 – P4 Gävleborg, P4 Sjuharad
- June 17 – P4 Västerbotten, P4 Gotland
- June 26 – P4 Västmanland
- July 17 – P4 Blekinge
Image Source: Sveriges Radio / Source: ESC Sverige
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.