The P4 stations in Gävleborg and Sjuharad have selected their acts that will be competing for a place in the final of P4 Nästa 2020.
Friday saw the local finals for P4 Nästa 2020 in Gävleborg and Sjuharad. In each selection five acts competed to be selected by the public and a jury as the local winner in a live selection broadcast on the P4 station.
Julia Pärssinen won the Gävleborg selection with the song ‘Talked in whispers’, the song was written and composed by Torbjörn Åhström and Mikael Gunnerås. Torbjörn previously wrote the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. In Sjuharad the selection was won by Surfing The Orbit with the song ‘Mother Earth‘.
Twenty-one out of the twenty-five P4 stations have selected their acts to date. The nineteen songs selected before the Gävleborg and Sjuharad selections were:
- Skaraborg – Alicja Jern – Friendzone
- Jämtland – Amskøld – Standby
- Uppland – Markus Hakim – Capulet
- Halland – Canvas – Tjugo år
- Jönköping – Henna Lacabanne – Slå hål i mörkret
- Västernorrland – Nina Bring – Nära
- Malmöhus – Hilde & Erik – Som det är
- Sörmland – Linnéa Lindgren – Gå morgon
- Kalmar – Lisa Blixt – Everywhere You Go
- Örebro- Felicia Bell – Målar om
- Kristianstad – Carita Boronska – All along
- Dalarna – Fanny Wedmark – Free
- Kronoborg – Agnes Rehn – Goodbye
- Stockholm – Julia Alfrida – Dark Doom
- Värmland – Northlight – Equally Different
- Östergötland – Julian Lidberg – I need you
- Väst – Human And I – Here And Now
- Norrbotten – The Chickpeas Band – Montreal
- Göteborg – Maja and the Missing Orchestra – The Promiscuous Sally
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 selections still to be held are:
- June 17 – P4 Västerbotten, P4 Gotland
- June 26 – P4 Västmanland
- July 17 – P4 Blekinge
Image Source: Sveriges Radio / Source: P4
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.