The names that are been rumoured to take part as continue to be reported by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. This time it’s been reported that two-time Melodifestivalen participants Panetoz, singer-songwriter Melanie Wehbe and Smash Into Pieces are the latest acts rumored to take part.
First off in this round-up is two-time Melodifestivalen participants Panetoz. The group has participated in the competition twice. First in 2014 where they participated with “Efter solsken” which placed 9th in the final. The group returned to the competition once agin in 2016 with “Håll Om Mig Hårt” which placed 8th in the final.
The next act in this line-up is Melanie Wehbe, whos is already a Melodifestivalen winner in her own right, as she was one of the song-writers for the 2020 winners of Melodifestivalen with the song “Move” by The Mamas, as well as co-writing “Love Is Forever” by Leonora which placed in Tel Aviv. Recently, Melanie has released her debut EP “Bloom” and has performed at Stockholm Pride.
Smash Into Pieces
The last act on this round-up that is rumored to take part is the rock band Smash Into Pieces, who was formed in 2008. The band has released seven studio albums and has performed in numerous festivals. One of its members Benjamin Jennebo already has some Mello exposure, having co-written “Troubled Waters” for Victor Crone in 2020, which made the final and placed 9th.
Who is currently rumored to participate at Melodifestivalen 2023?
As reported by Aftonbladet, the current artists who are rumoured to participate at Melodifestivalen 2023 are:
- Lolou Lamotte
- Marcus & Martinus
- Emil Henrohn
- Melanie Wehbe
- Smash Into Pieces
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 are now available to purchase.
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: (Left) Ilona Gerasymova, (Top) SVT, (Bottom) Magnus Ragnvid