Eurovision 2022: 41 countries joining the 66th contest in Turin!

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to our screens next May.

Fans of the Contest will welcome back ARMTV from Armenia and RTCG from Montenegro, both taking to the stage for the first time since Tel Aviv in 2019.

It’s also a special year for Norwegian broadcaster NRK as they will be celebrating the selection of their 60th Eurovision entry during the Melodi Grand Prix grand final on Saturday 19 February.

We will also witness the 300th ‘Big Five’ performance – that’s a song from one of either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or United Kingdom.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

‘We are so excited that we once again have over 40 broadcasters competing to win the iconic Eurovision trophy in Turin next May.

The team from Rai are working hard on preparations to welcome all the delegations to a new Host City and ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and state-of-the-art spectacle expected by nearly 200 million viewers.’

On the announcement of the 41 participants, Simona Martorelli and Claudio Fasulo from Italian broadcaster Rai added:

‘After 31 years, Italy is proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest again! As Executive Producers, we are incredibly excited to set up this amazing event and welcome delegations from 41 nations to Turin next year.

Above all, we strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest will allow us to showcase and share the beauty of Italy with a global audience via the elements that unite us all: music and harmony.’

The Italian city of Turin won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, setting Saturday 14 May as the date of the Grand Final, which will be held in PalaOlimpico along with two Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Sweden: The first names of Melodifestivalen 2022!

Aftonbladet today reveals the first artists to take part in Melodifestivalen 2022. This year, it has managed to predict 26 of the 28 names that took part in Sweden’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. So the first two candidates are two veterans of the competition, they are Robin Bengtsson and Liamoo.

Following the announcement of the change of regulations in the upcoming Melodifestivalen, we now have the first names of Sweden’s prospective representatives in the competition.

Robin Benggtson

Robin Bengtsson is now 31 years old. Won the Melodifestivalen τ0 2017 with the song I Can’t Go On, occupying the fifth place in the Eurovision contest. In Melodifestivalen he has competed a total of three times (2016, 2017, 2020)

At Melodifestivalen 2022 he returns with a pop song, in his familiar style. In fact, Aftonbladet states that this is a strong participation, which will bring him back to the final.

Liamoo

Liamoo has won Idol in 2016, while he participated twice in the Melodifestivalen, but so far he has not managed to win.

For his participation in Melodifestivalen 2022 he has collaborated with many songwriters, who have experience in the competition, in order to record his song.

Melodifestivalen 2002 kicks off on February 5 in Malmo, hosted by Oscar Zia.

Sweden was represented this year by Tusse, with the song Voices, occupying the 14th place in the final:

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Source: Aftonbladet

Sweden: End of the “Anda Chansen” heat – an extra semifinal for Melodifestivalen 2022!

We will have a general lifting at the Melodifestivalen, which is now moving into the post-Bjorkman era, as the producer who led the festival in recent decades is now on the other side of the Atlantic, having organized the American Song Contest. One of the biggest changes we will see in Melodifestivalen 2022 is the abolition of the second chance round and the well-known duels that existed in them.

An extra semifinal

In statements to Aftonbladet, the new producer of Melodifestivalen, Anette Brattström, reveals that the Andra Chansen round will no longer be in the program of the competition. There will be a fifth semifinal instead.

In the first four semifinals, the two songs with the most votes will advance directly to the final. The songs that will occupy the third and fourth place will compete in the fifth semifinal, but not with the process of duels, as has happened so far.

In the fifth semifinal, the eight songs will be divided into two groups of four and the two songs that manage to collect the most votes in each group will advance to the final.

Melodifestivalen 2022 kicks off on February 5 in Malmo, hosted by Oscar Zia.

Sweden was represented this year by Tusse, with the song Voices, occupying the 14th place in the final:

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Source: Aftonblatet

Sweden: With a song by Alex P, Darin at Melodifestivalen 2022?

We found an interesting collaboration on social networks. The Greek-born and successful composer and producer Alex P, is in the studio with one of the most commercial artists and a desire of many Swedish eurofans, to represent their country at Eurovision, Darin.

Although Alex P has already successfully represented three countries in the Eurovision Song Contest (Greece, Azerbaijan and Cyprus), with Fuego of course standing out, he has not yet attempted to represent Sweden, the country in which he resides and became initially known. .

With the start date for Melodifestivalen 2022 approaching (August 27) and after the huge commercial success of this year’s Eurovision, it is possible that the song that Alex P and Victor Svensson are preparing for Darin may be a possible participation in Sweden’s national final.

Darin is 34 years old and of Kurdish origin. He started his career at 16, when he took second place in Idol, signing a record deal with Sony BMG. In 2010 she participated in the Melodifestivalen with the ballad You’re Out Of My Life, finishing fourth in the final. He followed a brilliant and successful career, with gold and platinum records, but also with many No. 1 hits. Although he is considered one of the most commercial and successful artists in Sweden, he has not yet attempted to return to the Melodifestivalen, as most of his colleagues are accustomed to. It is considered by many to be Sweden’s golden reserve for the Eurovision Song Contest and not unjustly…

Is Darin the artist Alex P was looking for to compete in the Melodifestivalen?


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Melodifestivalen 2022’s songwriting camp kicks in

Sweden has already started looking for their 2022 Eurovision representative.  Melodivestivalen’s songwriting camp has already kicked in.  However, there are still at least 3 months on the way before we start guessing which acts will participate in the main competition.

Every year Melodifestivalen is one of the most awaited Eurovision national finals for the fans all over Europe.  According to Scandipop the following acts are participating in the songwriting camp for next year’s competition:

  • Dotter
  • Wiktoria
  • Liamoo
  • Efraim Leo
  • Robin Bengtsson
  • Malou Prytz
  • Victor Crone
  • Klara Hammarström
  • Nanne
  • Lillasyster
  • Sebastian Walldén
  • Nadja Holm
  • Julia Viktoria
  • Phelly
  • Neimy
  • Andreas Weise
  • Adrian Maceus

The list has many familiar names for the Eurovision fans including former Melodifestivalen contestants and  two former Eurovision participants.  Nevertheless, we will still have to wait to know which songs will make the cut for Melodifestivalen 2022.  Notwithstanding this, it seems that Sweden is not planning to change their formula for next year’s Melodifestivalen.

With six victories and many top 10s, and top 5s Sweden is one of the most successful countries on the Eurovision Song Contest.  Their last victory to this date took place in Vienna in 2015 with the song Heroes.

Are you excited about Melodifestivalen 2022? 

Source: Scandipop

Sweden: SVT open for Melodifestivalen 2022 submissions, on the 27th of August 2021!

The public broadcaster of Sweden, SVT, called for new submissions for Melodifestivalen 2022, by publishing their latest Instagram post.

MF2022 Call for Submissions

National and International artists, that are interested in participating in the Swedish national selection show, for Eurovision 2022, are expected to make their submissions, starting from the 27th of August, up until the 17th of September 2021, 23:59 CEST, at this link: https://bidrag.melodifestivalen.se/

The 14 entries, out of a total of 28, will be selected, among the competition submissions, by a selection jury, whereas the remaining 14 entries will either be selected by SVT or will get specially invited by the broadcaster.

Melodifestivalen, takes place every year in Sweden in six cities around the country, with the exception of Melodifestivalen 2021 when all 6 shows, 4 semi-final rounds, the second chance round and the final, took place in Stockholm, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A bit more than a month ago, Sweden was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, by Tusse with the song Voices.

Watch his performance of Voices at the Eurovision Finals:

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Sweden: Official Video Clip of Saade’s Every Minute is out!!

The official video clip of Eric Saade’s Every Minute was released earlier today. This is the 4th time Eric Saade takes part in Melodifestivalen, the process through which Sweden choose its representative at Eurovision Song Contest.

Eric Saade with Every Minute is already in the Final of Melodifestivalen 2021 on 13th of March, after his qualification from the 4th Semi-Final.

Below you can watch the official video clip of Every Minute. Will it be uploaded at the official YouTube channel of Eurovision as the 60th Swedish entry? Let us know in the comments below!!

Sweden: “We felt an obligation to record this song” | The Mamas speak exclusively to the Eurovision Buddies!

The Mamas, the female band that would represent Sweden at Eurovision 2020 and are participating in this year’s Melodifestivalen again this year, hoping to win a ticket to the competition again, spoke exclusively in the last Eurovision Buddies interview.

The band members, Ashley Haynes, Loulou Lamotte and Dinah Yonas Manna, explain to Giota and GOS the reasons that led them to re-register for the Melodifestivalen. How their new song, In the Middle, spoke directly to their souls and they hope the same will happen to the listeners.

They do not feel pressure to win. They declared participation like thousands of other artists and all they want to convey with this participation is love.

We did not expect to win last year. Neither in the bets, nor our posts were in the top3. We were shocked!

As for the competition now, it does not scare them. They look forward to hearing the rest of the Melodifestivalen 2021 songs and seeing their interpretations.

You can see their interview below:

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Sweden: Melodifestivalen odds shortly after the announcement of the distribution in the semifinals!

The announcement of the distribution of the artists in the semifinals of Melodifestivalen 2021, as well as the order of their appearance in them, has caused some differences in the bets.

The last place, in the fourth semifinal for Eric Saade, dropped his odds and brought him to the first place, together with Danny Saucedo, who will also appear last, but in the first semifinal. It is common practice for Christer Bjorkman, who decides the order of appearance, to place in the last place of each semifinal, the strongest participations. Tradition wants the last place of the fourth semifinal to always be the big favorite of Melodifestivalen, although last year in this position was Hanna Ferm, who finally took the fourth place in the final.

After Eric Saade and Danny Saucedo, Dotter follows, Tusse and The Mamas close the top five. Charlotte Perrelli is in seventh place.

Danny Saucedo 4.00
Eric Saade 4.00
Dotter 6.50
Tusse 6.50
The Mamas 8.00
Kadiatou 12.00
Charlotte Perrelli 16.00
Paul Rey 18.00
Anton Ewald 21.00
Mustasch 24.00
Frida Green 26.00
Klara Hammarström 36.00
Alvaro Estrella 41.00
Arvingarna 51.00
Efraim Leo 51.00
Elisa Lindström 51.00
Emil Assergård 51.00
Patrik Jean 51.00
Sannex 51.00
Jessica Andersson 61.00
Lovad 61.00
Tess Merkel 61.00
Clara Klingenström 76.00
Lillasyster 86.00
Nathalie Brydolf 86.00
Wahl feat. Sami 100.00
Julia Alfrida 126.00
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos 251.00

Melodifestivalen 2021 starts on February 6 with the First Semifinal and ends with the Grand Final that will take place on March 13. 2021 is the last year that Christer Bjorkman is at the helm of Melodifestivalen. He would very much like to achieve Sweden’s seventh victory and tie Queen Ireland.

Sweden: The favorites at Melodifestivalen 2021 according to the first odds!

Yes, you read that right, the odds for the winner of Melodifestivalen 2021 has already started in Sweden. The betting company Svenska Spel gives the first bettings for victory to the 28 artists that were announced a few hours ago on by SVT.

It is a given that in terms of names, Melodifestivalen 2021 is probably the strongest ever. There are five former winners, as well as many other candidates who have left significant successes in this contest.

Many take it for granted that the victory will be judged between Eric Saade and Danny Saucedo, having a repeat of the Melodifestivalen 2011, when Eric managed to prevail with Popular and then give Sweden a third place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The bets agree with the surrounding atmosphere and have as their favorite the two 30-year-old artists, but giving the lead for the victory this time to Danny Saucedo! Following are the winners of this year’s Melodifestivalen The Mamas, followed by the winner of Pop Idol Tusse and then we meet Dotter and Charlotte Perrelli. The rest of the contestants have much lower odds. In fact, the betting difference between Danny and Eric is quite large.

Odds for Melodifestivalen winner at Svenska Spen, at 20.30 cet, 3/12:

Danny 3,45
Eric 5,50
The Mamas 8,40
Tusse 12,00
Dotter 13,00
Charlotte 17,00
Anton 20,00
Kadiatou 22,00
Paul Rey 22,00
Frida Green 25,00
Arvingarna 25,00
Alvaro 30,00
Emil 30,00
Sannex 40,00
Moustasch 40,00
Efraim 50,00
Patrik 50,00
Nathalie 60,00
Jessica 60,00
Lovad 60,00
Tess 60,00
Elisa 60,00
Lillasyster 75,00
Wahl & Sami 75,00
Klara 75,00
Clara 75,00
Julia 210,00
Eva & Ewa 210,00

Of course, all of the above are too early and reflect the dynamics of these names in the announcement of their candidacy in Melodifestivalen 2021. A lot will change on the way to the final on March 13, but maybe not… However last year, The Mamas were not among the first favorites and yet even with a difference of 1 point, were the ones who were crowned winners in the end!

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