This evening sees the first heat of the legendary Melodifestivalen take place. Tonight will be the starting point of a mammoth 6-week search to determine who will represent Sweden at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on home soil in Stockholm later this year.
How to watch
The show will air at 20:00 CET on the following channels:
- SVT 1
- Live webcast via svt.se
Tonight we will see 6 participants compete in heat 1 to be held in Gothenburg at the legendary Scandinavium. Seven acts were originally proposed to compete in the first heat of the selection, however Anna Book‘s entry Himmel för två was disqualified from the selection after it was confirmed that the entry had originally compete in the 2014 Moldovan national selection. Anna will still perform in tonight’s show as an interval act rather than a participant.
Some names will be familiar with Melodifestivalen veterans such as 2014’s second placed artist Ace Wilder returning to the competition. Fredrik Kempe and Bobby Llunggren have their hands in composing two of the entries in tonight’s selection.
The evening will be hosted by Gina Dirawi and Petra Meade and we will see two contestants qualify direct to the grand final on the 12 March and a further two compete in Andra Chansen scheduled for the 5 March in Halmstad.
Heat 1 participants
- Samir & Viktor – Bada nakna (Swim naked) (Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Anderz Wrethov)
- Pernilla Andersson – Mitt guld (My gold) (Pernilla Andersson, Fredrik Rönnqvist)
- Mimi Werner – Ain’t no good (Mimi Werner, Göran Werner, Marcus Svedin, Jason Saenz)
- Albin Johnsén & Mattias Andréasson – Rik (Rich) (Albin Johnsén, Mattias Andréasson)
- Robin Bengtsson – Constellation prize (Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Mark Hole, Martin Eriksson)
- Ace Wilder – Don’t worry (Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Anton Hård af Segerstad, Ace Wilder)
Melodifestivalen 2016 dates
- 06/02: Heat 1 – Gothenburg
- 13/01: Heat 2 – Malmö
- 07/02: Heat 3 – Norrköping
- 14/02: Heat 4 – Gävle
- 05/03: Andra Chansen – Halmstad
- 12/03: Grand Final – Stockholm
Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest on 6 occasions starting with ABBA in 1974 and more recently this year with Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes.