Tonight Sweden is going to kick off with this year’s Melodifestivalen. This is the first of six live shows, which do all take place in different cities in Sweden. Gothenburg in Western Sweden is hosting tonight’s long awaited show. Beside of mainly good quality entries the entertaining part of the shows is worth to watch. Other host cities this year will be Malmö, Växjö, Skellefteå, Linköping and the final in Stockholm (actually the Friends Arena in Sollna close to Stockholm).
This pre-selection format has proven as very successful over the past years as it gets a lot of attention in Sweden and the excitement grows from week to week. For singers and composers it’s also important to be part of it. Many songs do become popular and end up in the Swedish charts, not only the winner.
In each of the Semi Finals there will be two songs chosen, which directly qualify for the final and two entries will get a second chance in the second chance show. As previously reported there are big names in this year’s edition: Charlotte Perelli, Ace Wilder, Mariette, Roger Pontare, Robin Bengtson, Krista Siegfrids and Loreen.
Interesting to see is that this year’s very different hosts do all have something in common, the involvement in the Melodifestivalen. The hosts of this year will be Hasse Andersson (one attempt in the Melodifestivalen 2015 “Guid och gröna skogar”), Clara Henry (former backstage host of Melodifestivalen 2014) and David Lindgren (had three attempts in the Melodifestivalen “Shout it out” in 2012, “Skyline” in 2015 and “We are your tomorrow” in 2016).
Tonight in Gothenburg there will be seven contestants:
Boris René – “Her Kiss”
Adrijana – “Amare”
Dinah Nah – “One More Night”
De Vet Du – “Road Trip”
Charlotte Perelli – “Mitt Liv”
Ace Wilder – “Wild Child”
Nano – “Hold On”
You can watch the show on SVTplay at 20:00 CET here
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