The names that are been rumoured to take part in Melodifestivalen 2023 continue to be reported by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Recently, it’s been reported that Tone Sekelius, Kiana Blanckert, Rejhan Bellani are among those rumoured to take part in next year’s competition
Starting off this round-up is Tone Sekelius, who made her debut at this year’s Melodifestivalen with her entry “My Way”, which made the final after the Semi-Final, where she placed 5th. Since then Tone has released two singles “What A Shame” and “Crying on Christmas“, as well as hosting Paradise Sverige.
The second artist in this round-up is a debutant in the form of Kiana Blanckert who participated in Talang (Sweden’s Got Talent) in 2021. Her participation in Talang saw her made the final, where she placed joint second with the dance group EEC.
The final artist in this round-up is Rejhan Bellani who also participated in the same year as Kiana in Talang in 2021. Rejhan also managed to make it to the final of the competition. According to Aftonbladet, Rejhan will work with songwriter and producer duo Albin Johnsén and Mattias Andréasson, but it is unclear if they worked on their Melodifestivalen entry.
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
- Paul Rey
- Elov & Beny
- Tennessee Tears
- Maria Sur
- Victor Crone
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos
- Axel Schylström
- Laurell Barker
- Tone Sekelius
- Kiana Blanckert
- Rejhan Bellani
As we have previously mentioned, Aftonbladet has reported that SVT is set to reveal the 28 competing artists on a digital press conference on November 29 & 30.
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: Kiana Blanckert, Daniel Stridh, Rejhan Bellani