Aftonbladet has announced three more Swedish star names, that according to sources will participate in Melodifestivalen 2023.
The new names
17-year-old Maria Sur from Ukraine, is expected to participate in Melodifestivalen 2023. She participated in the country’s The Voice when the war started and she was forced to leave her homeland, moving to Sweden.
In Sweden, she continued both her secondary education studies and her dream for pursuing a music career. With Sarah Dawn Finer’s assistance, she made her stage debut at Swedish ground in April during the ”Hela Sverige skramlar för Ukraina” gala, securing a record contract. In June she published her debut single titled ““That’s the way”.
Another young star that is also going to debut at Melodifestivalen, is 18-year-old Ida-Lova.
Ida-Lova debuted when she was 13 years old. In 2022, she published her debut single “Hallå världen kan du stanna?”.
30-year-old Victor Crone is going to return to Melodifestivalen for the third time. In 2015 he managed to progress until the second chance along with Behrang Miri, singing the song “Det rår vi inte för”.
In 2019, represented Estonia with the song “Storm” and finished in 20th place. The great success of his song in Sweden has secured him a solo participation in Melodifestivalen the next year, with the song “Troubled Waters” that managed to finish ninth in the contest’s final.
The artists that have confirmed their participation in Melodifestivalen 2023 so far
- Loulou Lamotte
- Wiktoria Johansson
- Marcus & Martinus
- Emil Henrohn
- Melanie Wehbe
- “Smash into pieces”
- Tennessee Tears
- Elov & Beny
- Paul Rey
- Maris Sur
- Victor Crone
The schedule of Melodifestivalen 2023
- Heat 1: Gothenburg, February 4th 2023 (Scandinavium)
- Heat 2: Linköping, Feburary 11th, 2023 (Saab Arena)
- Heat 3: Lidköping, February 18th, 2023 (Sparbanken Arena)
- Heat 4: Malmö, February 25th, 2023 (Malmö Arena)
- Heat 5: Örnsköldsvik, March 4th, 2023 (Hägglunds Arena)
- Grand Final: Stockholm, March 11th, 2023 (Friends Arena)
We remind you that Melodifestivalen was scheduled to happen from February 4th until March 11th, with the hosts Jesper Rönndahl and Farah Abadi, while SVT has received 2824 songs. The final list of participants will be revealed during November or December.
In Eurovision 2022, Sweden was represented by Melodifestivalen 2022 winner, Cornelia Jacobs, with the song “Hold Me Closer” and finished fourth with 438 points.