The schedule for Sweden’s 2017 Eurovision selection, Melodifestivalen has been unveiled earlier today. As always 28 acts will compete over four semi finals, with two advancing directly to the final from each show and a further two from each will compete again in the Andra Chasen (or second chance) show. The first semi final will kick off on 4th February in Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Stadium, with a show each week thereafter in Malmo, Växjö and Skellefteå. The Second Chance show will be contested in Linköping on 4th March and will culminate in the Final in Stockholm’s Friends Arena the following week.
Melodifestivalen is the annual contest that decides the singer and song for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest and began back in 1959 and has chosen the song that has gone on to win the Eurovision Song Contest six times. This includes ABBA (1974), The Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilssen (1999), Loreen (2012) and most recently Mans Zelmerlow in 2015. Last year’s winner Frans managed fifth place with his song ‘If I Were Sorry’.
The competitors in this year’s selection has yet to be announced but they usually contain several familiar faces; either acts who have competed in Melodifestivalen in the past (Sweden’s 2014 pick Sanna Nielsen competed seven times before she won Melfest), sometimes even previous winners of the contest return for another bite at the cherry (Carola and Eric Saade) and even representatives from other countries such as Elena Paparizou (the winner for Greece 2004) competed in 2015 and last year saw Finnish 2013 representative Krista Siegfirids compete.
We will also have to wait on further announcements in regards to the presenters and a full five months for the songs with all the songs debuting for the first time when they are performed live at each of the individual semi finals.
The full schedule:
Semi-Final 1: Saturday 4th February – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
Semi-Final 2: Saturday 11th February – Malmö, Malmö Arena
Semi-Final 3: Saturday 18th February – Växjö, Vida Arena
Semi-Final 4: Saturday 25th February – Skellefteå, Kraft Arena
Second Chance: Saturday 4th March – Linköping, SAAB Arena
Final: Saturday 11th March – Stockholm, Friends Arena