Melodifestivalen 2015: Participants revealed this Monday and Tuesday!
The secret will not be kept for much longer. On Monday and Tuesday, SVT will reveal who will take part in the 2015 edition of the Swedish national selection for Eurovision; Melodifestivalen!
The first half will be revealed Monday, with the other half on Tuesday.
The line-up promises something for everybody, as is usually the case for Melodifestivalen, and sees more male artists than recent years enter the competition.
While the line-up is mostly complete, the Executive Producer, Christer Björkman, has left a little window open for last minute changes, suggesting some bigger names could be close to agreeing.
New balance following change
Since the new Melodifestivalen format was introduced in 2002, the contest has hosted 32 song each year. For the first time, the songs have been reduced to 28, to allow seven songs in each semi-final instead of the usual eight. Earlier, SVT received 2177 song submissions for consideration.
Christer Björkman comments that this has completely changed the balance of the shows, with fewer instances of songs that cancel each other out.
The rumors are plenty
Many names are rumored to take part in next year’s contest, and some are guaranteed, according to tabloid sources.
Aftonbladet is sure that Samir & Viktor, Linus Svenning, Isa Tengblad, Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd, Måns Zelmerlöw, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Midnight Boy, and Andreas Weise will be in the line-up.
Samir, of Paradise Hotel fame, and Viktor, a Swedish blogger, had a hit this summer in Sweden called “Success.” Linus Svenning we remember from last year’s contest when he sang “Bröder,” written by Fredrik Kempe, coming fifth in the final. He is supposed to return with another Kempe song. 16 year-old Isa Tengblad had a hit in Sweden with the song “Bomb” when she was just 14. Rickard Söderberg is an opera singer, who has performed with Malena Ernman. Måns Zelmerlöw rose to fame in Melodifestivalen 2007 with his song “Cara Mia,” after participating in the Swedish Idol two years prior. He has since participated in Melodifestivalen in 2009 with the song “Hope & Glory,” and hosted the contest the year after. Jon Henrik Fjällgren is of Columbian origin, and is known for his interpretations of Swedish-Sami music. Midnight Boy is a lesser known synthpop group. Andreas Weise competed in Swedish Idol in 2010 and has had recent success on the Swedish music scene.
News also broke today that Hasse ”Kvinnaböske” Andersson will be in the show, according to Aftonbladet sources. Hasse is an experienced Swedish country singer, who had his first hit in 1982.
Further more, Expressen reports that Sean Banan has submitted a song for the jury, but is unsure if it has been selected. Aftonbladet also reports that Panetoz, who qualified for the final last year, submitted a song for the jury, but that it did not make it to the final 28.
About a month ago, sources reported to Aftonbladet that Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli would make a new attempt, but this has become more uncertain. The same goes for schlager group Lili & Susie.
The speculations will be laid to rest this Monday and Tuesday, when SVT live streams the press conferences in Stockholm at 10:00 CET, and we will find out who will battle to represent Sweden in Vienna next year.
The big show will once again travel to 6 different Swedish cities and will be hosted by last year’s Swedish representative Sanna Nielsen.