Tickets for the Swedish selection better known as Melodifestivalen will go on sale on 25 October. The most anticipated for many national selection will once again tour around Sweden before the grand final on 9 March.
This is the first time since the year 2000 that the final will take place in Friends Arena in Stockholm instead inside Globen arena, which was also the home of the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. The ticket sales for the 2013 Melodifestivalen will kick-off at 9.00 CET. In total 2549 entries were submitted for the Swedish popular selection.
The selection will consist of four heats in which the top two songs from each show will advance to the final. The songs placed third and fourth will go to the second chance show. In the second chance show two more songs will join the already eight qualified songs. In the final the winner will be selected to represent Sweden on its soil on 18 May 2013.
First heat: Karlskrona (Telenor Arena) – 2 February
Second heat: Gothenburg (Scandinavium) – 9 February
Third heat: Skellefteå (Skellefteå Kraft Arena) – 16 February
Fourth heat: (Malmö Arena) – 23 February
Second chance: Karlstad (Löfbergs Lila Arena) – 2 March
Final: Stockholm (Friends arena) – 9 March