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Sweden: semifinal time!

After four heats, Sweden finds it’s semifinal. All the songs that became 3rd and 4th will compete tonight. The show will start at 20:00 CET and you can watch it here. The songs are: Theoz, “Mer av dig” Mariette, “One day” Victor Crone, “Diamonds” Tennessee Tears, “Now I know” Elov & Beny, “Raggen går” Melanie Wehbe, “For the show” Nordman, “Släpp alla sorger” Kiana, “Where did you go?”   Theoz became 7th last year.Victor Crone took part in 2015 and reached the 2nd chance round, together with Behrang Miri. In 2020 he became 9th. In 2019 he represented Estonia with the song “Storm”.Nordman became 5th in 2005 and 6th in 2008.Mariette became 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2017, 5th in 2018 and 10th in 2020.

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Sweden sends Loreen and Smash Into Pieces direct to final

Tonight was the final heat in Melodifestivalen 2023. We’ve now seen every song competing in this years’ show. This week we’ve seen some familair faces, as Loreen & Mariette competed for a spot in the final.   And with that, Loreen succeeded to get a spot in the final, as she won this weeks heat with the most votes of the evening. Earlier this week her rehearsal made a magnificent change in the Eurovision odds, as it doubled the Swedish percentage, and now is first.   The second qualifier was Smash Into Pieces with “Six Feet Under” winning the twelve points in four different age groups! It’s the debut of the band at Melodifestivalen, and they are of to a great start!   The two semi final qualifiers were Marriete and Kiana.  Mariette is known in the Eurovision family, as she has competed in Melodifestivalen five times. Her highest result was fourth in 2017 with “A Million Years”.  Kiana is an upcoming music talent in Sweden. In 2021 she participated in Sweden’s got talent, and qualified for the final, and eventually was the runner up of the show. This year she tries to represent Sweden, and will try to succeed her place in the Semi Final. 

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Sweden: Melodifestivalen heat 4 is on

The very popular Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen will have it’s 4th and last heat tonight. Seven songs will compete, two will head directly to the final while two other songs will go to the semifinal. The show starts at 20:00 and you can watch it here.  The participating songs are:  Kiana sings “Where did you go?” Signe & Hjördis sing “Edelweiss” Smash Into Pieces sings “Six feet under” Mariette sings “One day” Emil Henrohn sings “Mera mera mera” Axel Schylström sings “Gorgeous” Loreen sings “Tattoo”   Mariette became 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2017, 5th in 2018 and 10th in 2020.Axel Schylström reached Andra Chancen in 2017.Loreen reached Andra Chancen in 2011, won Melodifestivalen 2012 and reached Andra Chancen in 2017. Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the legendary song “Euphoria”!

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Sweden chooses Melodifestivalen heat 3 qualifiers

Tonight’s third heat of the Swedish super show Melodifestivalen has come to an end, and we have a result! The first qualifiers were Marcus & Martinus. The Norweigan brothers brought an EDM pop called “Air’, with a budget spent on lots of lasers. Since it’s rehearsal earlier this week, the brothers have skyrocketed to the 2nd place in the betting odds. Will they win Melodifestivalen 2023?   The second qualifier is Paul Rey with “Royals”! We’ve known him since 2020, where “Talking In My Sleep” got him to 6th place in the final. In 2021 he gave it another shot, with “The Missing Piece” where he went on from Andra Chansen to the final.    The Semi Finalists of this week are Nordman & Melanie Wehde! Will they make it to the final? We will know it in 2 weeks.

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Sweden: 3rd heat of Melodifestivalen is there

The very popular Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen will have it’s 3rd heat tonight. Seven songs will compete, two will head directly to the final while two other songs will go to the semifinal. The show starts at 20:00 and you can watch it here. The competing songs are: Paul Rey sings “Royals” Casanovas sing “Så kommer känslorna tillbaka” Melanie Wehbe sings “For the show” Nordman sings “Släpp alla sorger” Laurell sings “Sober” Ida-Lova sings “Låt hela stan se på” Marcus & Martinus sing “Air”   Paul Rey became 6th in the 2020 final. A year later he became 12th. Nordman became 5th in 2005 and 6th in 2008.

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Sweden: Melodifestivalen results are in

The results of Melodifestivalen’s 2nd round are in. Of course, Maria Sur is the winner as expected. Here are the full results. The results are: Maria Sur, “Never give up” Panetoz, “On my way” Theoz, “Mer av deg” Tennessee Tears, “Now I know” Wiktoria, “All my life (where have you been) “Uje Brandelius, “The pot” Eden, “Comfortable”  

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Sweden: Melodifestivalen has it’s 2nd heat

The very popular Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen will have it’s 2nd heat tonight. Seven songs will compete, two will head directly to the final while two other songs will go to the semifinal. The show starts at 20:00 and you can watch it here. The competing songs are: Wiktoria sings “All my life (where have you been)” Eden sings “Comfortable” Uje Brandelius sings “The pot” Panetoz sings “On my way” Tennessee Tears sings “Now I know” Maria Sur sings “Never give up” Theoz sings “Mer av deg”   Wiktoria was 4th in 2016, 6th in 2017 and 6th in 2019.Panetoz became 9th in 2014 and 8th in 2016.Theoz became 7th last year.

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Sweden: Melodifestivalen starts

The very popular Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen will start tonight. Seven songs will compete, two will head directly to the final while two other songs will go to the semifinal. The show starts at 20:00 and you can watch it here. The competing songs are: Tone Sekelius sings “Rythm of my show” Loulou Lamotte sings “Inga Sorger” Rejhan sings “Haunted” Elov & Beny sing “Raggen går” Victor Crone sings “Diamonds” Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos sing “Länge leve livet” Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Arc North feat. Adam Woods sing “Where you are (Sávežan)”   Tone Sekelius became 5th last year.Loulou Lamotte is a member of The Mamas; she won Melodifestivalen 2020 with “Move”; due to the pandemic, The Mamas did not go to Eurovision. In 2021 the group became 3rd.Victor Crone took part in 2015 and reached the 2nd chance round, together with Behrang Miri. In 2020 he became 9th. In 2019 he represented Estonia with the song “Storm”.Eva Rydberg took part in 1977 and became 7th. As a duo, Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos reached the 2021 2nd chance round.Jon Henrik Fjällgren became 2nd in 2015, 3rd in 2017 and 4th in 2019. 

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Claes-Göran Hederstrom passed away

Today, the sad news reached us that Claes-Göran Hederström died last night. Hederström is best known for his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968. His song with the particularly long title “Det börjar verka kärlek banne mej” reached fifth place. Hederström was discovered in 1967 by conductor Mats Olsson. A year later he won Melodifestivalen and therefore participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. It became a number 1 hit in Sweden. A greater success than “Det börjar verka kärlek….” would not come. In 1968 he collaborated with many other Swedish artists. Together with Nina Fizell he scored another hit, “Flickan i fönstret mitt emot”, and in 1972 he had a solo hit, “Här ute på landet”. Claes-Göran Hederström made another attempt to enter the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, but his “Historien om en vän” became eighth out of ten. Claes-Göran Hederström died last night at the age of 77 years.

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And the last ten finalists are….

Yes, the die is cast again. Ten songs will go through to the final, to be exactly the ten countries you will find below: Belgium Czech Republic Azerbaijan Poland Finland Estonia Australia Sweden Romania Serbia Congratulations to the ten winners. And remember: only ten songs could go through. That does not mean that the other songs are bad.

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