SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen 2018 participants revealed
One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Eurovision season is Melodifestivalen. It’s consistently popular, watched all over Europe, and even the venues for the semi-finals and finals sell out in record time. Broadcaster SVT always takes it around Sweden, thus generating plenty of interest from Örnsköldvik to Malmö and everywhere in between.
SVT has now revealed the 28 semi-finalists that will compete for the honour of going to sunny Lisbon next May. But who are they? Here’s the big reveal…
… and here’s the in running order (if you weren’t paying attention):
Karlstad – 3 February
Renaida – All the feels
Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance you off
Edward Blom – Livet på en pinne (Life on a stick)
John Lundvik – My turn
Kikki Danielsson – Osby Tennessee
Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
Kamferdrops – Solen lever kvar hos dig (The sun is still alive with you)
Göteborg – 10 February
Ida Redig – Allting som vi sa (Everything as we said)
Jonas Gardell – Det finns en väg (There is a way)
Margaret – In my cabana
Liamoo – Last breath
Samir & Viktor – Shuffla
Mimi Werner – Songburning
Stiko Per Larson – Titta vi flyger (Look, we’re flying)
Malmö – 17 February
Martin Almgren – A bitter lullaby
Dotter – Cry
Moncho – Cuba Libre
Méndez – Everyday
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min dröm (My dream)
Jessica Andersson – Party voice
Barbi Escobar – Stark
Örnsköldvik – 24 February
Felicia Olsson – Break that chain
Felix Sandman – Every single day
Mariette – For you
Rolandz – Fuldans
Emmi Christensson – Icarus
Elias Abbas – Mitt paradis (My paradise)
Olivia – Never learn
You’ll see a few names of note amongst the lucky 28. First is Kikki Danielsson. She performed as a soloist in 1985, finishing third in Gothenburg. Jessica Andersson was one half of Fame, who came fifth in Riga in 2003. Margaret is a Polish singer – popular in Sweden – who finished second in the Polish preselection for the 2016 contest in Stockholm. Samir & Viktor are back again for a third attempt, after previous Melodifestivalen appearances in 2015 and 2016.
As you’ll also see, six songs are in Swedish. Maybe after a non-English song winning in Kyiv, we could see something in Swedish in Lisbon next year.
Who would you like to see win Melodifestivalen? An established artist or someone new? Tell us what you think.
Author: John Stanton
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