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Eurovision 2024: Demonstrations against Israel’s participation authorized!

Eden Golan will perform in the Second Semifinal next May 9, in Malmö Arena.  At the same time, a demonstration against Israel’s participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö.

The organization Stop Israel is planning this demonstration.  They have obtained permission from the police to organize two different protest demonstrations.  The first one will take place at Stortorget on May 9 at 3 p.m.   A second protest will take place on the day of the Grand Final on May 11 regardless of whether Israel makes it to the final or not.  The program includes a speech, followed by music before the march departs to Slottsparken.  According to organizer Pia Jacobsen, they are expecting at least between 10,000 and 20,000 people to show up to protest.

The demonstration ends with artists such as Mikael Wiehe, General Knas, Kofia, and others performing on a stage in Slottsparken.

“It is absurd and outrageous that Israel is singing while the bombs are falling. Russia was excluded from participating in the ESC following the
invasion of Ukraine. Excluding Israel is now self-evident” Stop Israel

Sweden Strengthens Security Measures Amid Eurovision 2024

Swedish police are strengthening security measures for Eurovision.  The measures will include establishing a no-fly zone during the event and technology to take down drones from the air.

Swedish police will get support from police officers from Denmark and Norway who will guard everything from the arena to surrounding events, hotels and demonstrations.  Furthermore, the Swedish Armed Forces are also involved and could assist with logistic issues if necessary.

Source: Sydsvenskan / SVT 

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Sweden: Tina Mehrafzoon and Edward af Sillén are the Swedish commentators for Eurovision 2024!

Today, Friday April the 19th, SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, has announced who will be involved in the Swedish commentary of the three shows of the contest, on a press release.

When the Eurovision Song Contest is held for the 68th time, viewers in Sweden will be guided by Tina Mehrafzoon and Edward af Sillén.

This is the thirteenth year that the experienced and knowledgeable Edward af Sillén takes place in Eurovision’s commentary booth. For the music journalist and media profile Tina Mehrafzoon, who during the spring had a commentating expert role during the Melodifestivalen, it is the premiere.

Tina Mehrafzoon expresses:

“To be able to do this together with Edward is an honour and a dream come true. The fact that Sweden is the host country makes it all the more special. I know which professionals make the show so my job will be very pleasurable and easy!”

This host year, Edward af Sillén is also involved as a director and screenwriter. The whole spring is filled with intense work, but Edward is very much looking forward to the assignment as a commentator.

“It feels both honorable and very fun. The viewers will be in safe and warm hands with Tina in the driver’s seat, while I will split my time between being backstage and working with the presenters and being by Tina’s side as much as possible during the shows. It’s going to be really exciting,”

says Edward af Sillén.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to be held this May in Malmö, Sweden and any updates regarding its planning!

Source: media.melodifestivalen.se/SVT
Photo: SVT/Dan Danielsson

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Sweden: Marcus & Martinus do not rule out a future Norwegian representation!

Last month, Marcus & Martinus were crowned winners of Melodifestivalen’s 2024 edition with their song “Unforgettable” and will therefore defend the Swedish title on home ground.

Marcus & Martinus are Norwegian-originated artists and speaking to “The Euro Trip Podcast“, the decision to take part in Melodifestivalen and claim the Swedish representation in Eurovision derived from the fact that they have been working the most in Sweden:

We have been thinking a little bit about it, but for us right now it felt very natural and right to do it in Sweden. 

We’ve been working for most of our time after COVID in Sweden.

Marcus & Martinus would try out MGP

Considering that the duo is from Norway, they were asked whether they would give a chance to Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national selection for Eurovision:

Maybe one time. We’re still young. We have a lot of time to do it. Never say never. It’s hard to answer it right now, but if it’s the right timing or if we’re working a lot in Norway and it suits us, maybe we’ll do it. But right now it’s hard.

Marcus & Martinus were approached by NRK for Eurovision

It appears that NRK has also expressed its interest for Marcus & Martinus but apparently not at the right time. In fact and as revealed by the duo, NRK approached them for Eurovision 2023 but they had already entered Melodifestivalen.

Sweden were far ahead before the Norwegians asked us.

They did [ask us to participate] last year when we entered Melodifestivalen for the first time. But that was many, many months after we already made the song [Air] and did everything around it. They asked very, very late. We couldn’t have had a song ready if they asked so late. 

Sweden felt very right for us.

Marcus & Martinus will represent Sweden in Eurovision 2024 with their entry “Unforgettable“. As the host country, Sweden is automatically qualified to the Grand Final of May 11 and is allocated to perform first.

You can also watch EurovisionFun’s reaction video on “Unforgettable“, below:

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Source: TheEuroTripPodcast

Sweden: Eurovisionfun Reacts to Eurovision 2024 Entry “Unforgettable”!

The Final of Melodifestivalen 2024, was broadcast by SVT and SVT Play last Saturday. We now know that Marcus & Martinus will represent Sweden at Eurovision Song Contest 2024 to be held in Malmö, Sweden. The song “Unforgettable“ placed first in both the International Jury and the Public Vote!

The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the appearance of the country’s national final for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Christos, Paschalis and Apostolis in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on Sweden‘s participation in Eurovision 2024!

Do you like the Swedish entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Tell us in the comments below!

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Eurovision 2024: Sweden will open the Grand Final!

Today, the Head of Delegations meeting took place in Malmö, Sweden upon the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in May.

During the aforementioned meeting, the draw for host nation’s running order took place. The host nation’s running order selection was done randomly by Andrew Cartmell (executive producer of this year’s show).

Hence, Sweden will perform first in the Grand Final of Saturday, May 11.

 

The voting window will be extended in the Grand Final

As for now, following the conclusion of all the participants’ performances in the Grand Final, the voting window opens for the public. However, this year, the voting will start at the beginning of the show, just before the first performance. This system was implemented twice before , in 2010 and 2011 and will return in 2024.

Sweden, as a host country, is automatically qualified to the Grand Final. The host nation will be represented this year by Marcus & Martinus and their Melodifestivalen winning entry “Unforgettable“.

You can also watch EurovisionFun’s reaction video on “Unforgettable“, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Source: eurovision.tv

Sweden: Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2024 tonight!

Tonight marks the end of what may be the most anticipated national final of the year, Melodifestivalen 2024. The host of Eurovision 2024 aims for Sweden’s historic eighth victory on home soil in Malmo, and for this reason, SVT’s executives promise one of the strongest Melodifestivalen editions of all time, ensuring that the successor to Loreen achieves the best possible result for the Scandinavian country.

Format

This year’s Melodifestivalen introduces a new format, featuring five heats, each hosting six artists. From each heat, the top two contenders will directly advanced to the grand final on March 9th.

However, artists ranking third and fourth in their respective semi-finals participated in a voting after the fifth semi-final. This voting determined the two remaining finalists who “completed the puzzle” of the twelve artists competing in the grand final of Sweden’s national selection.

During the five semi-final rounds, the final results will be determined solely by the votes of Swedish viewers. This, of course, will change in the grand final on March 9th, where Sweden’s representative will be decided by a 50% vote from Swedish viewers and a 50% vote from an international jury (Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland, Iceland, Malta, Serbia and Germany), following the Eurovision Song Contest standards.

The dates of Melodifestivalen 2024

  • Heat 1: Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö
  • Heat 2: Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg
  • Heat 3: Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö
  • Heat 4: Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskilstuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

Grand Final

Twelve artists will compete in tonight’s grand final of Melodifestivalen 2024, appearing in the following order:

  1. Maria Sur – “When I’m Gone
  2. Jay Smith – “Back To My Roots
  3. Lisa Ajax – “Awful Liar
  4. Smash Into Pieces – “Heroes Are Calling
  5. Cazzi Opeia – “Give My Heart A Break
  6. Annika Wickihalder – “Light
  7. Marcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable
  8. Dotter – “It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song
  9. Medina – “Que Sera
  10. Liamoo – “Dragon
  11. Jacqline – “Effortless
  12. Danny Saucedo – “Happy That You Found Me

The host of all six shows of this year’s Melodifestivalen will be Carina Berg.

The grand final of Melodifestivalen 2024 will start at 20:00 CET and will last two hours. You can watch it through the SVT website by clicking HERE.

Τhe winner of Melodifestivalen 2023 and hence the Swedish representative at Eurovision 2023 was Loreen with her song “Tattoo“. Loreen went to become the first female artist in history to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2024 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2024!

Sweden: The international juries of Melodifestivalen 2024!

Tomorrow, Melodifestivalen 2024, the Swedish national selection fro Eurovision, will be concluded. Following a six-week long tour across Sweden, twelve acts will claim the Swedish representation in Malmö, defending the Swedish title on home ground.

Five semi-finals took place in Malmö, Gothenburg, Växjö, Eskilstuna and Karlstad and tomorrow we will tune in live from the Swedish capital, Stockholm and Friends Arena in order to find out who Sweden will crown as their representative.

The twelve finalists were chosen exclusively by the Swedish public. However, the winner of Melodifestivalen will be chosen:

  • on 50% by eight international juries
  • on 50% by the Swedish public, which will be able to vote via the contest’s app and phone voting

In case, two entries receive the same amount of points, the audience’s vote will be decisive.

Which countries will serve as international juries?

The international juries that will cast their points and therefore decide half of the result are eight and are consequently the following:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Malta
  • Serbia
  • Germany

Melodifestivalen 2024 – The Grand Final

As mentioned above, twelve acts will compete in tomorrow’s final show in the following running order:

  1. Maria Sur – “When I’m Gone
  2. Jay Smith – “Back to My Roots
  3. Lisa Ajax – “Awful Liar”
  4. Smash Into Pieces – “Heroes Are Calling”
  5. Cazzi Opeia – “Give My Heart a Break”
  6. Annika Wickihalder – “Light”
  7. Marcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable”
  8. Dotter – “It’s Not Easy to Write You a Love Song”
  9. Medina – “Que Sera”
  10. Liamoo – “Dragon”
  11. Jacquline – “Effortless”
  12. Danny Saucedo – “Happy That You Found Me”

Sweden, as a host country, is automatically granted a spot in the Grand Final of May 13 and the Swedish viewers will be able to cast their votes on the first semi-final.

Which is your Melodifestivalen 2024 favorite entry? Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Sweden: Heat 5 and Final Qualification of Melodifestivalen 2024 tonight!

Tonight marks the continuation of what may be the most anticipated national final of the year, Melodifestivalen 2024. The host of Eurovision 2024 aims for Sweden’s historic eighth victory on home soil in Malmo, and for this reason, SVT’s executives promise one of the strongest Melodifestivalen editions of all time, ensuring that the successor to Loreen achieves the best possible result for the Scandinavian country.

Format

This year’s Melodifestivalen introduces a new format, featuring five heats, each hosting six artists. From each heat, the top two contenders will directly advance to the grand final on March 9th.

However, artists ranking third and fourth in their respective semi-finals will participate in a voting after the fifth semi-final. This voting will determine the two remaining finalists who will “complete the puzzle” of the twelve artists competing in the grand final of Sweden’s national selection.

During the five semi-final rounds, the final results will be determined solely by the votes of Swedish viewers. This, of course, will change in the grand final on March 9th, where Sweden’s representative will be decided by a 50% vote from Swedish viewers and a 50% vote from an international jury, following the Eurovision Song Contest standards.

The dates of Melodifestivalen 2024

  • Heat 1: Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö
  • Heat 2: Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg
  • Heat 3: Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö
  • Heat 4: Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskilstuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

Finalists

Eight artists have secured their spots in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2024 following the first four heats. These artists are:

Eight artists will have another chance to qualify for the grand final of Sweden’s national selection. These artists are:

Fifth Heat

Six artists will compete in tonight’s fifth heat of Melodifestivalen 2024, appearing in the following order:

  1. Marcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable
  2. Chelsea Muco – “Controlla
  3. Jay Smith – “Back To My Roots
  4. Elecktra – “Banne maj
  5. Annika Wickihalder – “Light
  6. Medina – “Que Sera

The host of all six shows of this year’s Melodifestivalen will be Carina Berg.

The fifth heat of Melodifestivalen 2024 will start at 20:00 CET and will last one and a half hour. You can watch it through the SVT website by clicking HERE.

Τhe winner of Melodifestivalen 2023 and hence the Swedish representative at Eurovision 2023 was Loreen with her song “Tattoo“. Loreen went to become the first female artist in history to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2024 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2024!

Sweden: Maria Sur was not allowed to include a dance-break on her Melfest final performance!

Currently, the 19 year-old Ukrainian artist based in Sweden, Maria Sur, is the hot favorite to win Melodifestivalen 2024 and represent Sweden on home ground. Maria Sur qualified from Melodifestivalen’s second heat, with her dance entry “When I’m Gone“.

When I’m Gone” has already gathered the attention of the Eurovision fandom, because of the traditional Swedish pop sound as well as the polished performance she and her team pulled out. As she mentioned speaking to “The Eurotrip Podcast“, her team was thinking of adding a dance-break to their final performance on March 9. However, this could not be possible as it was denied by the organizers of the show for being against the competition’s rules. In Melodifestivalen, it is not allowed to bring drastic changes to a performance mid-competition, especially when it comes to the timing of the song:

There’s not going to be so many big changes in the final. I wanted to bring this idea to the final, but unfortunately we’re not allowed to do it. 

I wanted to do a dance break. It’s not happening because of the rules. We’re not allowed to change the timing of the song. 

Moreover, there was another issue with the timing of “When I’m Gone“. Maria Sur’s entry for Eurovision 2024 sits exactly on three minutes. The maximum length of a Melodifestivalen entry, as well as a Eurovision one, is three minutes exactly. Adding a dance-break would either maximize the length of “When I’m Gone” or force the team to cut an existing part.

Regardless the issue, Maria Sur mentions:

We are very happy with the performance and the staging.

When I’m Gone” is not Maria Sur’s first Melodifestivalen entry. She participated in last year’s edition with “Never Give Up“, where she finished ninth. This year she’s returned, claiming the Swedish representation in Malmö.

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Source: theeurotrippodcast

Sweden: Heat 4 of Melodifestivalen 2024 tonight!

Tonight marks the continuation of what may be the most anticipated national final of the year, Melodifestivalen 2024. The host of Eurovision 2024 aims for Sweden’s historic eighth victory on home soil in Malmo, and for this reason, SVT’s executives promise one of the strongest Melodifestivalen editions of all time, ensuring that the successor to Loreen achieves the best possible result for the Scandinavian country.

Format

This year’s Melodifestivalen introduces a new format, featuring five heats, each hosting six artists. From each heat, the top two contenders will directly advance to the grand final on March 9th.

However, artists ranking third and fourth in their respective semi-finals will participate in a voting after the fifth semi-final. This voting will determine the two remaining finalists who will “complete the puzzle” of the twelve artists competing in the grand final of Sweden’s national selection.

During the five semi-final rounds, the final results will be determined solely by the votes of Swedish viewers. This, of course, will change in the grand final on March 9th, where Sweden’s representative will be decided by a 50% vote from Swedish viewers and a 50% vote from an international jury, following the Eurovision Song Contest standards.

The dates of Melodifestivalen 2024

  • Heat 1: Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö
  • Heat 2: Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg
  • Heat 3: Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö
  • Heat 4: Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskilstuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

Finalists

Six artists have secured their spots in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2024 following the first three heats. These artists are:

Six artists will have another chance to qualify for the grand final of Sweden’s national selection. These artists are:

Fourth Heat

Six artists will compete in tonight’s fourth heat of Melodifestivalen 2024, appearing in the following order:

  1. Albin Tingwall – “Done Getting Over You
  2. Lia Larsson – “30 km/h
  3. Dotter – “It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song
  4. Scarlet – “Circus X
  5. Lasse Stefanz – “En sång om sommaren
  6. Danny Saucedo – “Happy That You Found Me

The host of all six shows of this year’s Melodifestivalen will be Carina Berg.

The fourth heat of Melodifestivalen 2024 will start at 20:00 CET and will last one and a half hour. You can watch it through the SVT website by clicking HERE.

Τhe winner of Melodifestivalen 2023 and hence the Swedish representative at Eurovision 2023 was Loreen with her song “Tattoo“. Loreen went to become the first female artist in history to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2024 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2024!