It’s truly that time of year again — we’re starting to get names and song titles for the national final season. The first batch of Melodifestivalen contenders have just been announced, and there are some familiar faces on the list!
Swedish broadcaster SVT has announced details for the first two heats.
Heat One will take place in Gothenburg on the 4th of February, featuring the following artists and songs:
- Victor Crone – Diamonds
- Rejhan – Haunted
- Loulou Lamotte – Inga Sorger
- Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos – Länge Leve Livet
- Elov and Beny – Raggen går
- Tone Sekelius – Rhythm of My Show
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Arc North feat. Adam Woods – Where You Are (Sávečan)
Heat Two will take place in Linköping on the 11th of February. It will feature:
- Wiktoria – All My Life (Where Have You Been)
- Eden – Comfortable
- Uje Brandelius – Grytan
- THEOZ – Mev av Dig
- Maria Sur – Never Give Up
- Tennessee Tears – Now I Know
- Panetoz – On My Way
A number of names will ring familiar for many longtime Eurovision and Melfest fans. Victor Crone, who will participate in Heat One, took to the Eurovision stage for Estonia in 2019 with Storm, finishing in 20th place. He is also no stranger to Melfest, having participated in 2015 and 2020.
Loulou Lamotte can be noted by Eurovision fans as a member of The Mamas, who emerged victorious in Melodifestivalen 2020 with Move, and were due to compete in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest before it was cancelled. The Mamas also notably appeared previously on the Eurovision stage, supporting Jon Lundvik in 2019’s Too Late For Love.
Other recognisable returnees include Tone Sekelius, who participated in Melfest 2022 with My Way, and THEOZ, who had the crowd bopping to Som du Vill last year.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Wiktoria, and Panetoz are also no strangers to Melodifestivalen. Fjällgren participated in 2015, 2017, and 2019; Wikoria in 2016, 2017, and 2019; and Panetoz in 2014 and 2016.
The complete Melodifestivalen 2023 lineup will be confirmed tomorrow, when the remaining fourteen artists are announced.
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