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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

Who do you wanna see taking part in Melodifestivalen 2023? Tell us in the comments!

Sweden: Panetoz are back and two more debuts at Melodifestivalen 2023!

Aftonbladet, a while ago revealed three more names of Swedish stars, who according to sources will participate in Melodifestivalen 2023.

The new names

Panetoz

In both 2014 and 2016, they were successful in Melodifestivalen and reached the final with the songs “Efter solsken” and “Håll om mig hårt“. Now the boys of the Panetoz band hope to be at least as successful when they enter the competition for the third time. So according to well-informed sources, they confirm that the group, which scored a huge hit with “Dansa pausa” in 2012, has been awarded one of the coveted spots at Mello 2023.

The rock band “Smash into pieces”

The experienced rock band “Smash into pieces”, formed in 2008 and since then they have released seven studio albums, are making their debut at Melodifestivalen.
They are not completely unfamiliar with the competition, as the band’s guitarist Benjamin Jennebo, in 2020 co-wrote the song “Troubled waters” which was performed by Victor Crone and went directly to the final.

Melanie Wehbe

In 2020, Melanie Wehbe was the co-writer of Mamas’ “Move“, which won in Sweden but due to the pandemic, never had the chance to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. Now Aftonbladet can reveal that Melanie Wehbe is making her debut as a performer in Mello.

Melanie Wehbe has released several singles under her own name, and earlier last autumn, she released her debut EP ‘Bloom’ and has since been featured as a guest on several TV programs including TV4’s ‘News Morning’ and ‘Go’kväll’ ” of SVT.
According to Aftonbladet, in addition to her own participation in the contest, she is also rumored to have written another song that was selected for the contest.

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

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

Who do you wanna see taking part in Melodifestivalen 2023? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

Sweden: Carola returns to Melodifestivalen with a religious song

Carola will compete in the next Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s national final, through which Sweden chooses its entry in every Eurovision Song Contest. If she manages to win, this will be her fourth Eurovision participation!

With a Christian song Carola at Melodifestivalen 2020

According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the 53-year-old singer will now be among the 28 participants at Melodifestivalen 2020, with a song that she herself wrote and has religious content. She is also a member of the Evangelical Church, “World of Life” and has devoted much of her life to the refugee issue. Together with her husband, Norwegian priest Runar Søgaard, they have adopted a girl from Africa whose parents had died.

Aftonbladet reports on the lyrics of the song:

It is written by herself, dedicated to her Christian faith and praises the love for Jesus Christ.

Fans, however, have welcomed the news with mixed emotions, as they believe Carola has closed her circle at Melodifestivalen.

Carola & Melodifestivalen

This will be Carola’s sixth participation in the Melodifestivalen, which she has won three times. In 1983 at the age of just 17 she won with “Främling” and represented Sweden for the first time in Eurovision, taking third place there. In 1991, in Rome with “Fångad av en stormvind”, she took her third victory for her country. Finally, in 2006 Eurovision in Athens she performed “Invincible” and reached the top5 for the third time, specifically in fifth place.

In 2008 she once again tried to find herself on the Eurovision stage, joining Melodifestivalen in a duet with Andreas Johnson, but only reaching the second chance round.