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.
It is just a month and a half since Mans Zelmerlow won Eurovision 2015 with his anthemic song ‘Heroes’. Attention has swiftly turned towards next year’s competition, as the Swedish national broadcaster SVT announced this morning that Stockholm will officially host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Stockholm beat off stiff competition from 2013 host city Malmo, fan-favourite Gothenburg and Linkoping.
The venue for Eurovision 2016 will be the Globe Arena which will play host to Eurovision for the second time, having first hosted the contest back in 2000. Preliminary dates have also been set for the live shows- the Semi-Finals will be held on 10th and 12th May, with the week of concerts culminating in the Grand Final on 14th May 2016. More information about ticket sales are expected in due course, but they are not expected to go on sale until the end of the 2015.