The first heat of the Swedish national pre-selection took place tonight at the Annexet venue in Stockholm.
Tonight’s host was Christer Björkman, the producer of Melodifestivalen, alongside Lena Philipsson, who represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul, finishing fifth.
Seven artists took part, with two qualifying directly to the final and a further two securing themselves a place in the second chance round.
The results of tonight’s heat are:
- Kadiatou – One Touch – Eliminated in the first round of voting
- Lillasyster – Pretender – Second Chance
- Jessica Andersson – Horizon – 5th Place
- Paul Rey – The Missing Piece – Second Chance
- Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem – Directly qualified to the final
- Nathalie Brydolf – Fingerprints – Eliminated in the first round of voting
- Danny Saucedo – Dandi dansa – Directly qualified to the final
The dates of the remaining Melodifestivalen shows are as follows:
- Second Semi Final – February 13
- Third Semi Final – February 20
- Second Semi Final – February 27
- Andra Chansen (Second Chance) – March 6
- Final – March 13
The winner of the Final on 13th March will go on to represent Sweden at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Image source: TV4
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.