National broadcasters are in full force when it comes to preparing for their National Finals, One of those is SVT and its national final Melodifestivalen. The rumors on who will be among the final 28, are now starting to surface. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that former Melodifestivalen participants Wiktoria, Lolou Lamotte and Nordman are among those in the lineup.
Starting off this round-up is three-time Melodifestivalen participant Wiktoria, who made their debut in 2016 with “Save Me”. Wiktoria retruned to the competition two more times in 2017 with “As I Lay Me Down” and in 2019 “Not With Me” where she qualified directly to the final on all occassions.
The next artist rumoured for Melodifestivalen 2023 is Lolou Lamotte who is known for being in The Mamas, who were set to represent Sweden in Rotterdam in 2020 with “Move”, after being John Lundvik’s backing vocalists in Tel Aviv in 2019. The trio competed in 2021 with “In The Middle” which qualified directly to the final. Aftonbladet reports that Loulou will be competing with a self-written song.
Lastly we have Håkan Hemlin, and Mats Wester, who are commonly known as ‘Nordman’, who have competed in 2005 and 2008 with the songs Ödet Var Min Väg” and “I Lågornas Sken”, both of which made the final of the competition. Aftonbladet reports that they are competting with a song that was written with Jimmy Jansson (who’s written for Anders Bagge, Malou Prytz, The Mamas, Ben & Tan).
What we know about Melodifestivalen 2023
Melodirestivalen 2023 will be hosted by Farah Abadi & Jesper Rönndahl, with the shows for next year’s comeptition taking place as follows:
- Heat 1 – February 4 – Gothenburg – Scandinavium
- Heat 2 – February 11 – Linköping – Saab Arena
- Heat 3 – February 18 – Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena
- Heat 4 – February 25 – Malmö – Malmö Arena
- Second Chance – March 4 – Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena
- Final – March 11 – Stockholm – Friends Arena
Tickets for the Melodifestivalen 2023 shows will be released on November 1, 2022
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since its debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2022, Sweden was represented by Cornelia Jakobs, who won the 61st edition of the competition and competed with the song “Hold Me Closer”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 4th with 438 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: Aftonbladet
Photo Credit: SVT/Stina Stjernkvist & Nordman