Melfest got off to a rocky start with it being reported earlier this week that co-host Charlotte Pirelli had to be pulled from her presenting duties due to an existing contract with a commercial advertiser, against the rules of the Melfest contract stipulations.
Melodifestivalen 2016 is set to kick off this weekend with the first show taking place in Gothenburg on Saturday night from 8pm CET. The show will feature seven competitors and we got a sneak peek at all seven songs earlier today. Read on to listen and vote for your favourite in our poll.
The 2016 Eurovision selections have really kicked it up a gear this weekend with seven selection shows taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Take a look below to find out about each one and where you can watch, (all times are local time):
France have been present at Eurovision from the very beginning and have only missed the contest on two occasions (1974 and 1982). They have fared very well over the years with five wins between 1956 and 1977, however in recent years they have struggled to crack the top ten. Their most iconic win is probably their 1977 entry from Marie Myriam ‘L’oiseau et l’enfant’, but they have also won the contest in 1958 (‘Dors, mon amour’ by André Claveau), 1960 (‘Tom Pillibi’ by Jacqueline Boyer), 1962 (‘Un premier amour’ by Isabelle Aubret) and in 1969 in a four way tie with ‘Un jour, un enfant’ by Frida Boccara.