Sweden’s Eurovision selection show Melodifestivalen is probably the most anticipated event of the Eurovision selection season. Earlier this month it was announced that the format would remain true to past years with 28 acts competing over four semi finals, a second chance show and a final over six consecutive weeks. This year the shows would start on 4th February, culminating in the grand final held on 11th March.
It was also announced that the shows would be presented by former Melfest competitor David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson alongside presenter Clara Henry. Since then there have been many rumours about which acts would be participating in the 2017 contest, and today these rumours have been put to bed with Swedish broadcaster SVT revealing the 28 acts.
The voting system for Eurovision 2017 could see a potential shake up, following a recent update to the Eurovision Rule Book, allowing the public to have more of a say with a larger weighting for the public televote.
We are gradually being fed the details for the Swedish Eurovision 2017 selection shows Melodifestivalen. Last month we were given the dates and the locations for the six live shows and on Friday, Swedish broadcaster SVT unveiled the three hosts for the contest.
We got our first look at the Eurovision 2016 stage today. Check out the video realisation of this and let us know what you think:
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):
SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster revealed earlier today that the Eurovision hosts for 2016 will be reigning champion Mans Zelmerlow and 2013 host Petra Mede. The announcement didn’t come as much of a shock, as bookies had the duo down as odds on favourite to host the contest since Sweden won in Vienna in May.
Eric Saade progresses to Melodifestivalen Final with ‘Sting’
Tonight the first of the Melodifestivalen heats kicked off with a bang. Hosted by last year’s winner Sanna Nielssen and accompanied by Robin Paulsson, the show opened with the duo singing a parody of Nielssen’s winning song ‘Undo’.
Proceedings quickly moved straight to business with Molly Petersson kicking off the show with ‘I’ll Be Fine’ follwed by the second song ‘Pappa’ by Daniel Gildenlow.