Sweden: Changes upcoming for Melodifestivalen 2015

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Melodifestivalen is changing. The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reveals today how SVT, the Swedish broadcaster, plans to change the concept in order to make the Swedish preselection successful again.

Although Melodifestivalen 2014’s winner Sanna Nielsen has managed to reach the third place in this year’s Eurovision final, criticsized presenters, uhappy record labels and about 800,000 less watchers than last year’s Melodifestivalen final made SVT to start an intensive work in order to see how Sweden’s biggest TV show can be renovated so it can get its glory again.

SVT will present the news officially in a press conference after the Swedish national elections tomorrow, but some of the details were revealed already today:

  • The number of TV shows will remain the same as in previous years, thus four semifinals, one second chance round and a final.
  • The number of songs participating in each semifinal will be reduced from 8 to 7.

Furthermore, SVT will probably launch a new app that will work like a button during the semifinals. “The button should be used so people can click on it during a song that they like and the votes that it will generate will be added to the song. This app can also replace the SMS voting, but things aren’t 100% sure”.

The first confirmed artist for Melodifestivalen 2015 is Kalle Johansson who lately won the Swedish competition songwriters and artists, Svensktoppen nästa.

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