This long-awaited period of the year for the Swedish and not only fans is back again! As the preparations for the big music event of Sweden, Melodifestivalen are already well and truly underway, the tickets for the 6 events will be available for purchasing from 31 October.
Counting down to Melodifestivalen
As with every year, 6 different cities around Sweden will be home to the event, and as confirmed by the national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), these are Karlstad, Gothenburg, Malmö, Örnsköldsvik, Kristianstad and Sweden’s capital Stockholm.
Melodifestivalen 2018 will consist of 4 Semi-Finals with 7 participants each, 1 Second Chance round with 8 participants, all coming from the semi-finals and the Grand Final with 10 acts, one of which will be flying the Swedish flag at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. The full schedule of the 6-week event is as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 (Deltävling 1): 3 February, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
- Semi-Final 2 (Deltävling 2): 10 February, Scandinavium, Gothenburg
- Semi-Final 3 (Deltävling 3): 17 February, Malmö Arena, Malmö
- Semi-Final 4 (Deltävling 4): 24 February, Fjällräven Center, Örnsköldsvik
- Second Chance (Andra Chansen): 3 March, Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
- Grand Final: 10 March, Friends Arena, Stockholm
SVT has received a record number of 2,771 entries, all wishing to participate in the national competition. The broadcaster is going to reveal the 28 selected artists and song titles in the coming weeks. However, the first act for Melodifestivalen has already been confirmed and it’s the singer Stiko Per Larsson, following his victory in the music contest P4 Nästa in late August.
Tickets will be sold not only for the live shows, but also for the dress rehersals (Genrep) and the morning dress rehearsals (Matinegenrep). The site livenation.co.uk is going to provide availability in booking at the end of the month.
This year’s Melodifestivalen was won by the young and famous Swedish singer Robin Bengtsson, after an exciting voting procedure. Robin won the competition with his pop entry I can’t go on, after coming 1st with the international juries and 3rd with the televoting.
Once more, Sweden presented an impressive show at Eurovision, with Robin singing and dancing on a moving treadmill, accompanied by 4 dancers and backing vocalists. They finally came 5th on the scoreboard, achieving their 4th Top 5 placing in a row.