Thorsten Flinck has been disqualified from competing in the upcoming second show of Melfest 2020 due to take place on Saturday due to an ongoing investigation where he is “charged criminally with unlawful threat and vandalism”.
In the wake of the Eurovision 2019 results, it seems that that there have been a number of issues with how the jury votes had been delivered. Most notably, and the only one that the EBU has accepted to date, is the results of the Belorussian jury. Other marked mistakes however have been made. This is particularly the case in regards to the Semi Final jury votes and some of the national jurors having voted back to front.
Sweden’s Melfest 2019 continued in Lidkoping this evening! Seven acts competed for the two spots in the final in March and the two spots in the second chance show next week.
The last of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen semi final shows will take place this weekend in the Sparbanken Lidköping Arena in Lidköping. Seven more acts will compete for the two places in the final and the two places in the second chance show which will take place over the next fortnight. Today broadcaster SVT revealed one minute snippets of the seven songs that will take part on Saturday night.
Sweden’s Melfest 2019 continued in Leksand this evening! Seven acts competed for the two spots in the final in March and the two spots in the second chance show the week prior to that.
Sweden’s Melfest 2019 kicked off in Gothenburg this evening! Seven acts competed for the two spots in the final in March and the two spots in the second chance show the week prior to that.
Eric Saade, Sarah Dawn Finer, Marika Carlsson and Kodjo Akolor will host the Swedish Eurovision selection show Melodifestivalen when it returns to our screens in February 2019.
There has been pressure for a number of European nations to withdraw from next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. After Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Contest in Lisbon last week for her song ‘Toy’, she announced ‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’. Although there has yet to be any official announcement from the national broadcaster IPBC or the EBU, many sources point towards Jerusalem as the host city for 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his interest in Jerusalem hosting the Contest and the other main rival city Tel Aviv have stated they have no interest in putting a bid in.
The news is not welcomed by all, and some politicians, political groups and other individuals have expressed their disgust at the recent and historic violence that the Israeli state has carried out on the Palestinian people on the Gaza Strip. In the wake of the Eurovision result, there has been widespread attacks on Palestinians following the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Among those expressing that their nation should boycott the Contest in 2019 in protest are former winner Charlie McGettigan (Ireland) and a petition started by an Icelandic native has garnered almost 20,000 signatures.
The Swedish national broadcaster SVT expanded on their announcement a few weeks ago when they announced further details of the plans for Melodifestivalen 2018.