Sweden has confirmed for next year

Sweden has confirmed participation for next year’s Contest in Denmark. Sweden proudly handed over the right to host the show when Emmelie received the Eurovision trophy from Loreen when she was declared the winner and now Sweden are preparing for next year’s national final; Melodifestivalen.

SwedenSweden is sticking with the way they did things last year, this being that there is a competition run in August, where 25 songs will be reviewed by a jury and the winning song from this competition will be guaranteed a place in next year’s Melodifestivalen, and therefore, Sweden has partly released their details for their participation next year and subsequently, they have confirmed participation for next year, bringing the total number of confirmed countries to fifteen, only eight days after the 2013 Final in Malmö.

Sweden has participated 53 times in the Song Contest since its début in 1958, and only missing three Contests (1964,1970,1976) and one Grand Final (2010). Sweden has won the Contest five times in its history: in 1974 with ABBA, 1984 with Herreys, 1991 with Carola, 1999 with Charlotte Nilsson and last year with Loreen. This year, Robin Stjernberg finished in 14th position on home ground, but can Sweden bring the Contest back next year? We’ll have to see…

Who do you want to see at Melodifestivalen next year? Let me know by comments!!

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Sweden and Romania have chosen!

Sweden and Romania have chosen who they will send to Malmö, leaving only Moldova, Azerbaijan and Italy to reveal the song they will send to Sweden.

 

SwedenSweden – Melodifestivalen 2013 is over! Robin Stjernberg will represent the home country in 68 days time. He will sing the song “You” in the Malmö Arena, where he competed in his heat of Melodifestivalen. In the show itself, we saw the return of the beloved Lynda Woodruff (who, by the way, still can’t say Azerbaijan, but still Azerjaban). Also, children performed last year’s winning song “Euphoria” with Loreen, while they signed the lyrics of the song. When it came to the voting, it was a close race with Stjernberg and Ulrik Munther. Munther was given only 44 points from the public, leaving the battle between Stjernberg and fan favourite YOHIO. Robin had only collected 75 points from the public, but by that time, it was clear that he had won. YOHIO was at the bottom of the scoreboard when he collected the remainder of the points. Stjernberg had won by a margin of 33 points, with YOHIO coming in second. Congratulations Robin and lycka till Sverige!

Robin giving an interview to SVT.

Robin giving an interview to SVT.

 

RomaniaRomania – The final of Selecția Națională 2013 was taking place at the same time as Melodifestivalen and Cezar Ouatu will represent Romania in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with his song “It’s My Life“. Congratulations Cezar!! Twelve songs were battling it out to win the chance of representing Romania, but only one would win. Tonight, a mixture of both a jury and televoting decided that Cezar would go to Malmö, with band Electric Fence coming in second place. Cezar will compete in the second semi-final of the Contest, which is on the 16th of May. Good luck Cezar!!

Cezar will represent Romania with "It's My Life"

Cezar will represent Romania with “It’s My Life”

 

 

 

Sweden and Romania decide tonight!!

Tonight, both Romania and the host country, Sweden, will decide who they will send to Malmö for the Eurovision. Below is just a brief summary of what’s going to happen tonight:

RomaniaRomania – The final of Selecția Națională 2013 will take place in Bucharest tonight and whoever wins will represent Romania in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Twelve songs are in the running to do just that and a 50/50 combination of the jury points and the public’s votes will decide who will go to Sweden. The line-up is as follows:

  • Casa Presei – Un Refren
  • Narcis Iustin Ianău – Seven
  • FreeStay – Criminal Mind
  • Elena Cârstea Muttart – Spinning
  • Luminița Anghel – Unique
  • Ovidiu Anton – Run Away With Me
  • Cezar Florin Ouatu – It’s My Life
  • Cristian Prăjescu – The Best Thing In Life Is To Love
  • Electric Fence – Emilia
  • Al Mike feat. Renee Santana – What is Love?
  • Tudor Turcu – Hello
  • Andrei Leonte – Paralyzed

You can watch tonight at 20:00 CET right here. Which will win? Let me know!! Good luck Romania!

SwedenSweden – The host country, Sweden, will decide tonight aswell! The final of Melodifestivalen 2013 will be taking in the Friends Arena in Stockholm. When Stockholm was being considered for hosting ESC, the Friends Arena was put forward as the venue, as the arena can

Gina and Danny will host tonight's show!

Gina and Danny will host tonight’s show!

hold 68,000 people for concerts. In the end, though, Malmo was chosen as the venue. But the final of Melodifestivalen (poplularily given the abbreviation ‘MelFest‘) will be held there instead! Danny Saucedo and Gina Dirawi will host tonight’s show and ten songs will battle to win the chance of going to ESC on home ground. The line-up is this:

  1. Ulrik Munther – Tell The World I’m Here
  2. David Lindgren – Skyline
  3. State of Drama – Falling
  4. Anton Ewald – Begging
  5. Louise Hoffsten – Only Dead Fish Follow The Stream
  6. Ralf Gyllenhammer – Bed on Fire
  7. Ravillacz – En riktig jävla schlager (A Real Damn Schlager)
  8. Sean Banan – Copacabanana
  9. Robin Stjernberg – You
  10. Yohio – Heartbreak Hotel

Yohio is considered the favourite among MelFest fans, closely follow by David and Ulrik. But we won’t know who’ll win until it’s all over. You can watch the final here, also at 20:00 CET. Lycka till Sverige!!