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Sweden: Malmö will not host the Eurovision Song Contest again!

The organization of this year’s Eurovision turned out to be a difficult “mission”, with the host city declaring that it does not want to host the competition again after this year’s edition.

In an official announcement from the city of Malmö, they stated that this year they were faced with an unprecedented, stressful and costly situation in their effort to maintain security in their city during the competition!

The announcement:

“We can’t say we had a good year, but not a bad one either. It was a year with enough intensity that it cost us dearly to be able to ensure the safety of the participants as well as the visitors! If Sweden wins next year and offers us to host the competition, we will definitely refuse! We don’t have the strength and stamina to host the competition again!”

Eurovision 2024 has come to an end, with Switzerland taking the win. On the aftermath of the contest, many delegations are requesting a meeting with the European Broadcasting Union to discuss incidents at the contest.

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Sweden: The aim is a back-to-back victory, according to project manager Anders Wistbacka!

Today morning, SVT unveiled Carina Berg as the host of this year’s shows of Melodifestivalen, on a press conference at the headquarters of SVT in Stockholm, Sweden!

Melodifestivalen’s project manager Anders Wistbacka made the announcement of the presenter, but before doing so he made quite an interesting statement:

“For the first time for Sweden, we want to win this contest twice in a row!”

This of course creates high expectations in the fanbase about the selection of the thirty songs that will compete in this year’s heats in the hopes of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

He then commented on the selection of Carina as this year’s host of Melodifestivalen:

“For this year’s Melodifestivalen, we wanted a presenter with a capital P. We wanted a professional, experienced and loved by the viewers. Someone who can lead the show with warm, glamorous and humorous tone. We put the question to Carina Berg and she said yes! I am very happy and proud and know that we have found the right one.”

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Sweden: Carina Berg will officially host Melodifestivalen 2024!

A few moments ago, SVT revealed the host of the shows of Melodifestivalen 2024, on their press release! It is now known that Björn Gustafsson will not be one of the leaders of the shows of the tour. Carina Berg is now officially announced as the host the shows of the tour this year!

Who is Carina Berg?

Carina Berg, has since 2012 been associated with Discovery and Kanal 5 and has made a variety of series, by herself or with partner Christine Meltzer, such as “Berg & Meltzer in America“, “A Job for Berg“, “Berg & Meltzer at the Oscars“, “The World’s Toughest Job with Carina Berg” and “Berg’s Dream House“.

In August, however, it became known that Berg had left his exclusive contract with Kanal 5 to freelance and host the Childhood Cancer Gala on Viaplay and TV3.

However, will Björn Gustafsson be involved at all in the shows of this year’s Swedish national selection process? As you may have already read here, Björn will take part in this year’s SVT production as a sidekick of Carina Berg, according to Aftonbladet. However this information is not yet confirmed by SVT.

Who is Björn Gustafsson

In 2008, Carina Berg was married to Kristian Luuk, who was the leader of the Eurovision Song Contest at the time. Björn Gustafsson was his sidekick and in an acclaimed intermission he performed his “Kärlekssång till Carina Berg” (“Lovesong to Carina Berg“) where he tried to convince her to dump her husband for him. He also presented the Swedish vote the very same year, at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The song became the comedian’s and actor’s big breakthrough and since then he has been named Sweden‘s funniest man, and made both Swedish and international careers with films such as “Spy” and roles in the TV series “People of earth“, “Clark” and the TV4 series about Ture Sventon.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • 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

Source: SVT Pressrummet
Photo: Morgon Norman/SVT

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Sweden: Björn Gustafsson will not lead Melodifestivalen!

In one of our previous articles two months ago, we wrote about Carina Berg and Björn Gustafsson who would reportedly lead the shows of Melodifestivalen this year, according to Aftonbladet.

A while ago, Aftonbladet’s Torbjörn Ek revealed that tomorrow, on the SVT press conference where the Melodifestivalen 2024 leads will be presented, only Carina Berg will be presented as the host of Melodifestivalen 2024. She won’t have Björn Gustafsson with her.

Host announcement delayed

It’s been 19 years since SVT took this long to confirm the hosts of the competition. With the exception of the pandemic year 2021 when it happened on January 5, the presenters have in the vast majority of cases been presented in NovemberFive years even as early as September. Today Aftonbladet reveals that the popular comedian will participate in Melodifestivalen throughout the tour, but as a sidekick, not as a host.

A sidekick has less responsibility

Being a sidekick to the host of the Melodifestivalen means a little less responsibility. And possibly also a little less fuss. Björn Gustafsson also does not have to participate in the otherwise obligatory press conferences or tour activities such as parties for six weeks. Also as a sidekick, the rules are also somewhat more relaxed when it comes to advertising collaborations. Something that can be quite crucial for a person who in recent years has lent his face and his sense of humor in countless commercials, which are still frequently circulating on advertising-funded TV channels. According to what Aftonbladet has learned, SVT and Björn Gustafsson have had a number of discussions during the autumn.

The fact that this year’s Melodifestivalen was initially intended to be led by two hosts, Carina and Björn, is confirmed by several people with good insight. But Björn’s role has been toned down. He doesn’t want to be a host. He doesn’t want to take up so much space. So it has been agreed to reduce his role compared to what was said at the beginning. So, those who have been looking forward to the super duo Carina and Björn in Melodifestivalen should not worry cause according to an Aftonbladet‘s usually very reliable informant Björn and Carina really want to work together. Björn will be there and he will be kind, cozy and very funny, he just won’t be the host.

Who is Carina Berg?

Carina Berg, has since 2012 been associated with Discovery and Kanal 5 and has made a variety of series, by herself or with partner Christine Meltzer, such as “Berg & Meltzer in America“, “A Job for Berg“, “Berg & Meltzer at the Oscars“, “The World’s Toughest Job with Carina Berg” and “Berg’s Dream House“.

In August, however, it became known that Berg had left his exclusive contract with Kanal 5 to freelance and host the Childhood Cancer Gala on Viaplay and TV3And now she will go to SVT to lead Melodifestivalen 2024 and will collaborate with Björn Gustafsson on stage throughout the tour.

Melodifestivalen 2024 is scheduled to take place between February 3rd to March 9th.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • 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

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.


Source: Aftonbladet

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Sweden: This is the Melodifestivalen 2024 running order of all heats!

A few moments ago, SVT published the running order of all five heats in this years Melodifestivalen tour!

Karin Gunnarsson, producer of the competition, comments:

“Finally, it’s time for all-Sweden’s festival to go out to entertain, engage and find our representative for the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May. There will be glitter, glamour, strong choruses and artistry beyond the ordinary for six wonderful weeks when 30 competing artists compete for Songbird. On the trip, the audience gets to meet both established faces such as Danny, Cazzi Opeia and Marcus & Martinus as well as exciting newcomers to the Mello scene such as Fröken Snusk, Annika Wickihalder and Klaudy.”

 

“The line-up is star-studded, full of character and hungry for revenge. Opening in Malmö is Adam Woods, who had his public breakthrough last year when he performed together with Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Arc North. Now he stands solo on stage and opens this year’s edition of Mello. Medina makes a comeback and with start number 30 they finish the last of the year’s five races.”

Below you can see the running order.

Heat 1, Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö

  1. Supernatural” – Adam Woods
  2. Hela världen väntar” – Samir & Viktor
  3. Min melodi” – Melina Borglowe
  4. Forever Yours” – Elisa Lindström
  5. Awful Liar” – Lisa Ajax
  6. Heroes Are Calling” – Smash Into Pieces

Heat 2, Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg

  1. When I’m Gone” – Maria Sur
  2. Norrland” – Engmans Kapell
  3. The Silence After You” – Dear Sara
  4. Auma” – C-joe
  5. Dragon” – Liamoo
  6. Unga och fria” – Fröken Snusk

Heat 3, Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö

  1. Effortless” – Jacqline
  2. Aldrig mer” – Clara Klingenström
  3. Take My Breath Away” – Kim Cesarion
  4. För dig” – Klaudy
  5. I Won’t Shake (La La Gunilla)” – Gunilla Persson
  6. Give My Heart A Break” – Cazzi Opeia

Heat 4, Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskiltuna

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

Heat 5, Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad

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

Melodifestivalen 2024 is scheduled to take place between February 3rd to March 9th.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • 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

What is your favourite participant of Melodifestivalen 2024? Let us know in the comments section below!

The 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.


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Sweden: These are the Melodifestivalen 2024 participants and the heat allocation! (Live)

As you had read in one of our past articles, the final list of Melodifestivalen participants was scheduled to be published today on the 1st of December, at a press conference hosted by SVT at their headquarters in Stockholm.

Andreas Papayiannakis and EurovisionFun are at SVT/TV-huset, in Oxenstiernsgatan 34, Stockholm, accredited to cover the artist reveal event that the Swedish national broadcaster had been preparing for media over the last few months. You can read the acts that will participate at next year’s Melodifestivalen, the moment they are being announced, live from Stockholm, Sweden. All you need to do is refresh the webpage and the rest is on us!

Below there is the heat allocation, the acts and the songs that they will participate with, in February and March 2024 at Melodifestivalen 2024:

Heat 1, Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö

  1. Awful Liar” – Lisa Ajax
  2. Forever Yours” – Elisa Lindström
  3. Hela världen väntar” – Samir & Viktor
  4. Heroes Are Calling” – Smash Into Pieces
  5. Min melodi” – Melina Borglowe
  6. Supernatural” – Adam Woods

Heat 2, Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg

  1. Auma” – C-joe
  2. Dragon” – Liamoo
  3. Norrland” – Engmans Kapell
  4. “The Silence After You” – Dear Sara
  5. Unga och fria” – Fröken Snusk
  6. When I’m Gone” – Maria Sur

Heat 3, Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö

  1. Aldrig mer” – Clara Klingenström
  2. Effortless” – Jacqline
  3. För dig” – Klaudy
  4. Give My Heart A Break” – Cazzi Opeia
  5. I Won’t Shake” – Gunilla Persson
  6. Take My Breath Away” – Kim Cesarion

Heat 4, Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskiltuna

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

Heat 5, Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad

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

For the first time since Melodifestivalen 2009, a previous winner is not returning to the competition!

The 30 participants and the songs that they will perform at Melodifestivalen 2024 were presented by the competition producer Karin Gunnarsson and Melodifestivalen‘s project manager Anders Wistbacka.

Melodifestivalen 2024 is scheduled to take place between February 3rd to March 9th, and next year’s 30 competing songs were selected by SVT among 2624 songs.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • 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, Eskiltuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

What is your favourite participant of Melodifestivalen 2024? Let us know in the comments section below!

The 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.


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Sweden: Carina Berg and Björn Gustafsson will host Melodifestivalen 2024, according to Aftonbladet!

A few moments ago, Aftonbladet‘s Torbjörn Ek revealed the hosts of the shows of Melodifestivalen 2024!

Carina Berg and Björn Gustafsson will host the shows of the tour next year, according to Aftonbladet‘s sources!

Who is Björn Gustafsson

In 2008, Carina Berg was married to Kristian Luuk, who was the leader of the Eurovision Song Contest at the time. Björn Gustafsson was his sidekick and in an acclaimed intermission he performed his “Kärlekssång till Carina Berg” (“Lovesong to Carina Berg“) where he tried to convince her to dump her husband for him. He also presented the Swedish vote the very same year, at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The song became the comedian’s and actor’s big breakthrough and since then he has been named Sweden‘s funniest man, and made both Swedish and international careers with films such as “Spy” and roles in the TV series “People of earth“, “Clark” and the TV4 series about Ture Sventon.

Who is Carina Berg?

Carina Berg, has since 2012 been associated with Discovery and Kanal 5 and has made a variety of series, by herself or with partner Christine Meltzer, such as “Berg & Meltzer in America“, “A Job for Berg“, “Berg & Meltzer at the Oscars“, “The World’s Toughest Job with Carina Berg” and “Berg’s Dream House“.

In August, however, it became known that Berg had left his exclusive contract with Kanal 5 to freelance and host the Childhood Cancer Gala on Viaplay and TV3. And now she will go to SVT to lead Melodifestivalen 2024 together with Björn Gustafsson.

SVT’s response

Aftonbladet has been in contact with Melodifestivalen‘s project manager Anders Wistbacka, who does not want to comment on the choice of host and he states:

“We will present the host of the Eurovision Song Contest later this winter, and until then I can’t comment on the issue,”

We remind you that Melodifestivalen 2024 is scheduled to take place between February 3rd to March 9th, while SVT has received 2624 songs.

As you have read in one of our past articles, the final list of Melodifestivalen participants will be published on the 1st of December, at a press conference hosted by SVT at their headquarters in Stockholm.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • 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, Eskiltuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

Source: Aftonbladet
Photo: Peter Wixtröm

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Sweden: The 2024 line-up will be announced on the 1st of December, according to a press release by SVT!

Earlier today, SVT sent a press release by email stating that on the 1st of December there will be the announcement of all 30 artists and songs that will compete at Melodifestivalen 2024, at a press conference, in Stockholm! The competition producer Karin Gunnarsson joined by Melodifestivalen‘s project manager Anders Wistbacka will present the 30 songs competing in Melodifestivalen 2024 and the artists who perform them. The entries’ starting order, presenter, stage and other news about Melodifestivalen 2024 will be presented later this winter.

This is the schedule of the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour:

  • 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, Eskiltuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden in 7, 9 and 11th of May 2024, after the second win of Loreen in Liverpool, with her song Tattoo:

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Source: SVT

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Sweden: Jessica Andersson has submitted a song for Melodifestivalen 2024!

In an interview to Anna & Hans Shimoda and Aftonbladet, Jessica Andersson revealed that she has submitted an entry for Melodifestivalen 2024, in the hopes of getting selected to become next years Swedish representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2024 to be held in Malmö, Sweden! Among others she mentions:

“I have actually sent in a song, but have not been informed whether it has been included or not. I can’t tear myself away from Mello, it’s so much fun. If it came, I would be very happy.”

Who is Jessica Andersson?

She appeared in TV3‘s talent show “Fame Factory” in 2002, but the big breakthrough came the following year when Jessica Andersson together with Magnus Bäcklund as the duo Fame won the Melodifestivalen with “Give me your love“.

She has competed at Melodifestivalen eight times in total, twice as a member of the duo Fame and six times as a solo artist, making it her ninth time, should she get selected by SVT to compete at next years version of the Swedish national final.

The list of artist that are reportedly participating at Melodifestivalen 2024 are:

  1. Lasse Stefanz
  2. Smash into pieces
  3. Dotter
  4. Liamoo
  5. Samir & Viktor

This is the schedule of the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour:

  • 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, Eskiltuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden in 7, 9 and 11th of May 2024, after the second win of Loreen in Liverpool, with her song Tattoo:

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Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
Source: Aftonbladet

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Sweden: Liverpool inspires Malmö on how Eurovision 2024 should be hosted, Karin Karlsson says!

Karin Karlsson, who’s in charge of organising the event for Malmö municipality, was part of a group of people representing Malmö who travelled to Liverpool earlier this week, to discuss and evaluate the financial impact on Liverpool, after its hosting of the competition this year. As we had reported in one of our past articles, Liverpool grossed £55 million of profit, that was injected into the local economy and the numbers of visitors exceeded all expectations.

In an interview of Karin with Sveriges Radio, she gave her insight on how Liverpool and their hosting can inspire Malmö next year:

“It’s really inspiring how they worked to develop the brand in the whole city, that is a very very important learning for us to bring in this time. It was really strict last time we co-operated with the EBU and the broadcaster, Liverpool seemed to have pushed it a bit forward and used it more freely which had a marvelous affect on the city and the whole event.”

Malmö has been allocated with the same budget as the one they had back in 2013, a budget of just over €2.5 million for hosting and all the related activities, however, in real numbers this is a smaller budget than a decade ago, Karin comments on that:

“We will have exactly, almost the same budget this time, so with all the inflation the money is actually smaller this time. We will have to cooperate, this is the key factor for us this time, cooperate with companies in the city, all organisers. I think it’s going to be tough for us, we will make it but we need to do exactly the same as Liverpool has done.”

Despite all the challenges posed by the current worldwide inflation, Karin believes that they are in a better position than where they were the last time Malmö hosted the contest:

“We already know what this is, we are in a much better position than we were in last time. We can do it in another way from last time.”

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden in 7, 9 and 11th of May 2024, after the second win of Loreen in Liverpool, with her song Tattoo:

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Source: Sveriges Radio

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