Watch now: Sweden kicks off Melodifestivalen 2018

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The city of Karlstad is all set to host the first heat of Sweden’s popular selection for Eurovision.

Get ready and enjoy the ride as Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, perhaps the most popular national selection throughout Europe, is about to kick off! The first semi-final takes place in the Löfbergs Arena in Karlstad, located in the province Värmland.

Broadcaster SVT is sure to create a riveting show for the public, presenting the artists on an extravagant and innovative stage. The first line-up of contestants is eager to perform their potential Eurovision 2018 entries.

How to watch

Heat 1 of Melodifestivalen 2018 takes place tonight, 3 February, from 20.00 CET onwards, on:

The show will be presented by David Lindgren and Freddie Svensson.

Tonight’s participants

  1. Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
  2. John Lundvik – My turn
  3. RenaidaAll the feels
  4. Edward BlomLivet på en pinne
  5. Kikki DanielssonOsby Tennessee
  6. KamferdropsSolen lever kvar hos dig
  7. Benjamin IngrossoDance you off

From the seven contestants, the artists that place in first and second will directly place themselves for the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 on 10 March.

The artists that place third and fourth progress to the Andra Chansen, or Second Chance, round on 3 March. The bottom three will be eliminated.

The results from the semi-finals and second chance round will be determined through televoting.

 

Melodifestivalen 2018 schedule

  • 03/02: Semi-final 1 – Karlstad, Löfbergs Arena
  • 10/02: Semi-final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
  • 17/02: Semi-final 3 – Malmö, Malmö Arena
  • 24/02: Semi-final 4 – Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven Center
  • 03/03: Andra chansen (Second chance) – Kristianstad, Kristianstad Arena
  • 10/03: Final – Stockholm, Friends Arena

Robin Bengtsson won Melodifestivalen 2017 and represented Sweden at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

With his entry I can’t go on he reached an honourable 5th place in the Grand Final, receiving 344 points.

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