Sweden: Tone Sekelius returns, two more debutants add-up to the lineup for Melodifestivalen 2023!

A few moments ago, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet  revealed three more acts, that will be joining the line-up of Melodifestivalen 2023.

Tone Sekelius

Tone Sekelius, after her success this year with her song “My Way“, is keen on joining the show for next year as well, showing that she was not a one hit wonder. According to Aftonbladet sources, the song is really strong and might probably surprise the audience.

Kiana Blanckert

Kiana was born in February 2007 in Australia and moved to Sweden when she was just 2 years old. She will turn 16 just in time next year, to debut at the contest by fulfilling the Melodifestivalen age rules which state the you must turn 16 the latest on the day Sweden competes at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Kiana became known with her participation to the TV4 talent show Talang 2021, where she placed in the top 3. Kiana was fellow contestant at Talang 2021 with another rumoured Melodifestivalen 2023 contestant, Rejhan Bellani.

Rejhan Bellani

Rejhan, also participated last year in Talang, along with Kiana. According to information to Aftonbladet, Rejhan will work together with the artist-songwriter-producer duo Albin Johnsén and Mattias Andréasson, but it is still unclear if they wrote his competition entry. Rejhan is 16 years old, making him and Kiana two of next year’s youngest participants in Melodifestivalen.

The artists that seem to be confirmed for Melodifestivalen 2023

  1. Nordman
  2. Loulou Lamotte
  3. Wiktoria Johansson
  4. Marcus & Martinus
  5. Emil Henrohn
  6. Theoz
  7. Melanie Wehbe
  8. “Smash into pieces”
  9. Panetoz
  10. Tennessee Tears
  11. Elov & Beny
  12. Paul Rey
  13. Maris Sur
  14. Ida-Lova
  15. Victor Crone
  16. Loreen
  17. Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos
  18. Axel Schylström
  19. Laurell Barker
  20. Tone Sekelius
  21. Kiana Blanckert
  22. Rejhan Bellani

Expectedly, SVT will announce the complete the artist lineup for Melodifestivalen 2023 during digital press conferences on November 29 and 30.

The dates of Melodifestivalen 2023

  • Heat 1: Gothenburg – Saturday 4 February 2023 (Scandinavium)
  • Heat 2: Linköping – Saturday 11 February 2023 (Saab Arena)
  • Heat 3: Lidköping – Saturday 18 February 2023 (Sparbanken Arena)
  • Heat 4: Malmö – Saturday 25 February 2023 (Malmö Arena)
  • Semi-final: Örnsköldsvik – Saturday 4 March 2023 (Hägglunds Arena)
  • Final: Stockholm – Satuday 11 March 2023 (Friends Arena)

We remind you that Melodifestivalen 2023 is scheduled to take place between February 4th to March 11th, while SVT has received 2824 songs. The list of participants will be published in November or December and will be hosted by Jesper Rönndahl and Farah Abadi.

Melodifestivalen 2022 was won by Cornelia Jacobs with the song “Hold Me Closer”, representing Sweden in Eurovision 2022 and coming 4th with 438 points.

Source: Aftonbladet

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