The Swedish Melodifestivalen is for many the most anticipated national final of the year. This year it will be even more in the spotlight, as Sweden will host the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Malmö. Also the Melodifestivalen final will take place in a brand new arena near Stockholm, the Friends Arena in Solna on 9 March 2013. The participating songs in the first two heats will be revealed today at 10.00 CET in a press conference, webcast live on melodifestivalen.se.
The songs and the artists will also be revealed simultanously via the SVT Melodifestivalen Twitter account. The official hashtag to discuss the Swedish national selection rounds is #melfest.
How to watch
The webcast will be on the SVT website
Today SVT will announce the contestants taking part in the first two qualifying heats in Karlskrona (2 February 2013) and Gothenburg (9 February 2013). The remaining contestants will be revealed in another press conference next Monday, 26 November.
Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo were revealed as the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2013 recently.
Watch Loreen perform her new single at the opening gala of the Friends Arena below, the new venue of the Melodifestivalen final: