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Sweden: Two returning acts and a surprising debutant added to the Melodifestivalen 2023 line up!

Moments ago, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet revealed three more acts that will take part in Melodifestivalen 2023, the popular show where its winner represents Sweden at Eurovision.

Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos

The duet of veterans Eva and Ewa participated in Melodifestivalen 2021 with the song Rena Rama Ding Dong and even though they did not qualified to the final, their performance was well received by the Swedish audience. They are reportedly returning to the competition with a song similar to their previous entry, which you can watch below:

Axel Schylström 

Returning to the competition after his previous attempt in 2017 with the song “ När Ingen Ser“, which reached the second chance round, Axel was informed this week that he will be part of Melodifestivalen 2023. Last year he was one of the writers of the song “Som du Vill” which was sang by Theoz.

Laurell Barker

Having co-written 10 Melodifestivalen entries, songwriter Laurell Barker will reportedly make her debut in Melodifestivalen 2023 as a lead singer. In 2019, she managed to become the first songwriter to have three songs at the Eurovision Grand Final, for Germany, UK and Switzerland. Below you can listen one of her own songs:

These are the artists that are so far confirmed for Melodifestivalen 2023, according to Aftonbladet:

  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

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 2023 is scheduled to happen from February 4th until March 11th, hosted by 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.

Source: Aftonbladet

Sweden: Anders Bagge and Faith Kakembo are the two direct finalists of the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

Ninety minutes ago, the second show for the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022, started off on SVT and SVT Play. And we are here to share the results of the night with you!

The two direct qualifiers are Anders Bagge with the song “Bigger Than The Universe” and Faith Kakembo with the song “Freedom” and we will get to see them perform their songs live, on the 12th of March, when the finals will take place at Friends Arena.

But how things developed during the night?

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Sweden: The betting odds, just a few moments before the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final results!

Melodifestivalen 2022 Third Semi-Final show will begin in a few moments, with the new competition and voting format in place and will be aired on SVT and SVT Play. Seven contestants will have to compete against each other tonight, in order to secure one of the direct finalist places, or if not directly qualifying to the finals, claiming their ticket for the fifth semi-final, as their last chance in the hopes of competing at the finals.

Tonight’s contestants

  1. Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough
  2. Lancelot  - “Lyckligt slut
  3. Lisa Miskovsky  – “Best to Come
  4. Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up
  5. Faith Kakembo – “Freedom
  6. Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra!”
  7. Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe

The odds

The betting odds depend on many factors and as these factors are subject to changes anytime, the odds can still fluctuate, even last minute. Currently there seem to be two clear direct finalists and these are Anders Bagge and Lancelot  .

As for the two fifth semi-final’s qualifiers, we might have quite a close combat between some of the artists. Currently, in the third and fourth place of the betting odds we have Cazzi Opeia and Faith Kakembo.

Let’s see what is going to happen, we will get the chance to watch the actual Semi-Final live, on SVT and SVT Play and of course at EurovisionFun you will get the chance to be informed about the results, as soon as they are announced on TV!

Which two of today’s competing artists do you think will be the direct finalists, on the 12th of March?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2022 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Source: Eurovision World

Sweden: The general rehearsal of the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final! (Live)

The general rehearsal of the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final has just started. We are happy to be watching it live, at the SVT online press centre. We will be covering this rehearsal, describing in detail what is happening during the show, for you to follow the entire process.

This article is being updated in real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest information and images off this semi-final rehearsal, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow February 12, at 20:00 CET, when you watch the actual semi-final show on SVT and SVT Play.

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Sweden: Watch clips from the first rehearsals of the third Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-final!

As usual, a few hours before each Melodifestivalen semi-final, SVT published the rehearsal clips of all seven competing artists of the third semi-final of February the 19th.

A while ago, the 30 second rehearsal clips of the upcoming semi-final got published! You can watch the published clips, by clicking on the song title links below:

The competing songs of the third semi-final:

The lyrics of the songs were published on Tuesday February 15th, which you can read in more detail, in our corresponding article.

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Sweden’s entry for Eurovision 2022!

Sweden: Listen to the song snippets of the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

The Swedish national selection process moves on to the third semi final the upcoming Saturday, February the 19th! The third semi final of the national selection process of Sweden, will take place at The Avicii Arena in Stockholm, which is the largest hemispherical building in the world.

As usual, a couple of days before each Melodifestivalen semi-final, SVT publishes snippets of all seven competing songs of the semi-final. A while ago, the song snippets of the third semi-final got released.

The competing songs of the third semi-final:

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

Which two of the above artists do you think will be the direct qualifiers to the finals, on the 12th of March?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2022 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Source: SVT

Sweden: The lyrics of the songs competing at the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

Melodifestivalen 2022 started a few days ago, on February the 5th! The first three semi-finals of the national selection process of Sweden, are held at The Avicii Arena in Stockholm, which is the largest hemispherical building in the world and semi-final four, five and the final are to be held at Friends Arena, also in Stockholm.

A while ago, SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster released the lyrics of all seven competing songs, of the third semi-final.

You can read the lyrics of the third semi-final songs below:

1. Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough(Writers: Bishat Araya, Jakob Redtzer, Cazzi Opeia, Paul Rey)

(Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah)

I know that i’m a mess

I’m the first one to confess

I got issues

Baby I got issues

We both got pretty scars

But I love your every flaw

When I’m with you

I won’t try to fix you

So what, so what if we get drunk

Or get a little wild, sometimes

Oh I

don’t mind if we get in a fight

As long as we collide

I feel alive

Oh when you taste like that

And I could die

Oh with a face like that

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I’m haunted by your kiss

And the flavour of your lips

Let me have it

Baby I’m an addict

Oh no I can’t resist

Your touch, your fingertips

Is like no other

We’re perfect for each other

Oh so what If the world is upside down

As long as you’re around

I feel alive

Oh when you taste like that

And I could die

Oh with a face like that

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

Life is so much so much better

When we are together

So why be alone?

No one love me love me better

Lucky number 7

Baby you’re the one

And I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

(Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah)

 

2. Lancelot  - “Lyckligt slut(Writers: Lancelot Hedman, Niklas Carson Mattsson )

Utanför porten

Står jag och ler

Ler som en idiot

Fåglarna sjunger

Sjunger i dur

Allt är så vackert nu

Men jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Om det är över nu

Får jag ett lyckligt slut

Kanske för bra men

Låt det va sant

Ljuger jag för mig själv?

Svävar bland molnen

Men väntar på storm

Allt är för underbart

Men jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Om det är över nu

Får jag ett lyckligt slut

Nej jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Finns det ett lyckligt slut

För nån som jag och du?

 

3. Lisa Miskovsky  – “Best to Come(Writers, David Lindgren Zacharias)

I won’t settle,

I won’t settle down

Not even if you’re telling me

I’ll be the chooser

Now or never,

now or never now

I’m leaving all you left behind

To light up the future

I would give it all I got

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

It’s still to come

Please just hear me,

please just hear me out

I’m heading down the highway now

Through the snow and the gravel

You can say that I’m different

that I’ve changed into this

What is lost can be found

It’s just a matter of time,

please don’t leave me like this

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

It’s still to come

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

Cause you will always see the darkness ahead of you

let me light up the future

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

And it’s still to come

 

4. Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up (Writers: Isak Gunnarsson, Robin Hanberger Pérez, Noah Deutschmann)

It’s way past half-to-nine

But you don’t seem to mind,

Do you?

You’ve got your sugar lines

I couldn’t dare to try,

But you

You’re so loud-mouthed

I’m so far out

Is it alright?

‘Cause I just wanted to say

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind,

But she shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

You play pretend but I

I think we’re past that line,

Don’t you?

Oh, don’t you?

I’ve got to head back soon

Unless you make your move right now

She said

“You’re so pretty”

Am I really?

And I tried to reply

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind,

But she shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

“Meet me in an hour two hours away”,

They said

But she don’t want me leaving so—

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind but,

She shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

She shut me up!

She shut me up, up, up, up

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

 

5. Faith Kakembo – “Freedom (Writers: Laurell Barker, Anderz Wrethov, Palle Hammarlund, Faith Kakembo)

I don’t see the love

I just see the wounds

I just feel the struggle here in me

Can’t it be enough

Just being a human

I hate the way we make each other bleed

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Know my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

I can see the life

Where everybody’s healed

Tell me how much trouble would that be?

Cuz I know you and I

We could write the sequel

We could turn nightmares into dreams

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Know my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

I’m caught in a notion

I’m getting no peace

Proposing a motion

this world’s gotta see

Keep movin’ it forward

until you and me

Find

Find

Freedom

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Yeah my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Yeah my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

 

6. Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra! (Writers: Thomas G:son, Linda Bengtzing, Myra Granberg, Daniel Jelldéus)

Vet att jag inte är den bästa

Till och med värre än dom flesta

Men mina snedsteg gör mig ännu mera resolut

För ja, så länge jag försöker

Så gör det inget om jag dör nu

Ska låta mina lungor sjunga tills jag checkat ut

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

Jag ska leva detta livet

som att det faktiskt vore mitt

Bara sträcka upp ett finger för ”I don’t give a shit”

Jag ska riva alla broar

som inte leder någonvart

jag ska släcka alla bränder innan allt blir svart

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

 

7. Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe (Writers: Anders Bagge, Jimmy Jansson, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son)

I’m sitting here

In my apple tree

There’s a guiding light shining down on me

I can see the dawning of my life

Bigger than the universe

Just take my hand

Put your trust in fate

Let us leave this world for a better place

A place where all the darkest days are gone

And everyone’s a champion

Hear, my heart is

beating like a symphony

And every word is poetry

We are, we are

Reaching for the stars like

satellites up in the sky

In a world of you and I

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

As I’m sitting here

In my apple tree

There’s a rain of hope pouring down on me

I can see the sunrise of my soul

Bigger than the universe

Forever young

Join the ride with me

There’s an open road to eternity

We’re dancin’ on the edge,

we’re wild and free

Hear, my heart is

beating like a symphony

And every word is poetry

We are, we are

Reaching for the stars like

satellites up in the sky

In a world of you and I

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

We are bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Oh, bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

See you next time, when we will get the chance to listen to the one-minute snippets, of the seven songs of the third semi final, for the first time.

Source/Photo: SVT

Cyprus: With Elena Tsagrinou and “El Diablo” at Eurovision 2021 – CYBC’s announcement!

The Cyprus Radio Broadcaster (CYBC) made an official announcement today, for the country’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, who is none other than Elena Tsagrinou!

Pleased and excited to announce our 2021 Entry:

Elena Tsagrinou

Elena Tsagrinou is one of the most talented and…

Δημοσιεύτηκε από CYBC: Eurovision Cyprus στις Τρίτη, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2020

 

The Cypriot team for Rotterdam

As it became known a while ago on the morning show of RIK1, Elena Tsagrinou will compete in Eurovision 2021 with the song El Diablo! The 26-year-old Greek Elena Tsagrinou was selected after an internal selection. El Diablo is signed by Thomas Stengaard, Laurel Parker, Jimmy Joker and Oxa, all very important composers with hits inside and outside Eurovision.

Already yesterday, according to our secure information and as you first read through Eurovision Fun, there were advanced discussions with an artist belonging in PANIK Records, in order to represent Cyprus in May in Rotterdam.

In the summer, in an interview with the Cypriot magazine Hello, she stated that she is ready and of course interested in participating in Eurovision, either with Greece or Cyprus. In addition, in 2019 she was among the artists that were rumored for representing Greece!

Who is Elena Tsagrinou?

Elena was born on November 16, 1994 in Athens. From a young age she was involved in music and attended a Music High School. In 2009, she participated in the ANT1 talent show “Greece got talent”. In the summer of 2013, she was auditioned by the band OtherView (after the departure of Krystallia) for the position of singer. In the same year, Elena participated in the MEGA music show, “Just The 2 Of Us” as coach of Ivan Svitailo.

In the 2016-2017 season, she was a backstage presenter on SKAI’s talent show, The Voice of Greece. From 2018 follows a solo career. She has released several successful singles, while she has many collaborations with the hottest Greek names such as Konstantinos Argyros, Demy, Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos, Melisses, Tamta. She is a fresh face of the music industry and is one of the youngest rising singers of the pop scene and without a doubt she can stand worthy on the stage of Eurovision, since apart from a very good voice she also has an impressive presence.

“El Diablo”‘s composers

CYBC has also come up with the song, managing to have as creators of this year’s entry, a very strong team of composers. Once again, the Cypriot team that deals with the contest, proves its dedication and love to the Eurovision project, hoping that in Eurovision 2021, the entry of Cyprus will cause a sensation and will leave the best impressions!

El Diablo is signed by Thomas Stengaard, Laurell Barker, Jimmy Joker and Oxa. Thomas Stengaard was one of the creators of Only Teardrops, Denmark’s winning song at Eurovision 2013. Laurell Barker was behind five Eurovision entries. Switzerland in 2018, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland in 2019 and Poland in 2020. He has also participated several times in the Melodifestivalen, but also in other national finals. Jimmy Joker has collaborated with literally all the big names in the world music scene (Lady Gaga, One Direction, Marc Anthony etc). He has even won a Grammy Award for his collaboration on Pitbull album Dale.

We remind you that CYBC has already announced as artistic director of its entry in the next contest, the Austrian, Marvin Dietmann, who was responsible for the stage presentation of both the winning entry of Austria in Eurovision 2014 with Conchita Wurst, but also the winning song in the juries voting of Austria in Eurovision 2018 with Cesár Sampson.

We can only wish “Good Luck” to the Cypriot team and Elena Tsagrinou for the best result in Rotterdam!

Stay tuned in EurovisionFun, for all the news regarding the Cypriot entry in Eurovision 2021.