🇸🇪 SVT announces format change for the Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2023

🇸🇪 SVT announces format change for the Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2023

Ahead of the rumoured date on when the Melodifestivalern 2023 participants will be revaled, SVT has revealed changes that will be implemented in the Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2023. For next year, the four acts which recieve the most points from the age groups would advance to the final of the competition.

Four Acts with most points from the Age Groups to qualify to the final

For 2022, SVT changed the format of the contest by dropping Andra Chansen, and replacing it with the Semi-Final. This year, the way the Semi-Finals worked was the eight acts who placed 3rd and 4th place were split into two groups, and the two acts which received the highest points (not votes) from the Age Groups (3-9, 10-15, 16-29, 30-44, 45,59, 60-74 & 75+) in each group would then advance to the Final.

The mechanics is more or less the same, the only difference would be that all eight acts would have an equal footing, with the four acts receiving the most points from the age groups proceeding to the final in next year’s competition.

As reported by Aftonbladet, halfway into the voting, the voting will be stopped and the viewers will find out (in no particular order) which four would qualify for the final. The viewers are then given another opportunity to vote and influence the result. After the voting is closed, the results from each age group would be revealed. If two entries recieved the same total score the highest number of vote would be the deciding factor.

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.

What do you think of the names being circulated for next year’s competition? Who would you like to see compete in next year’s competition and represent Sweden? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on FacebookTwitter, InstagramTik-Tok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: SVT/Aftonbladet

Photo Credit: SVT/Anika Berglund

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