DOUBLE WINNER for the first time in three years!!!
SWEDEN – Lisa Ajax, Anna Book, Charlotte Perrelli, Oscar Zia? Who is entering the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition? Only the MF Man Christer Björkman knows as the submissions ar enow officially closed for the top national selection in Europe.
2771 entries submitted in SVT for Melodifstivalen’s 2018 edition, 2324 of them via the open submission process and 447 via the record labels, directly.
Swedish national broadcaster and its Eurovision team are aware that their country is one victory behind the record of Ireland in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and they don’t hide the wish to surpass it and become the new Queen of Eurovision in Europe.
This year submissions break a record since 2012.
“We are very keen to start working with the selection process and are delighted that the interest of both the public and the music industry is still high” said Christer Björkman.
Karin Gunnarsson and her team will now evaluate the songs submitted and will proceed to selection of 14 by the open submissions and 13 by the record label proposals.
Already P4 Nästa, Stiko Per Larsson has gained a spot in 2018 Melodifestivalen, anyway.
As usual in a special press conference the names of the participants will be announced later this year in a special press conference and then another press conference for the qualifying rounds allocated in various cities of Sweden.
It would also be anticipated to hear about the 2018 hosts of Melodifestivalen.
SWEDEN – The man in charge of Melodifestivalen in Sweden and contest producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, 2016 and 2017 Christer Björkman is to release a new book in September. The biography is called “The General – Only I Know Who Wins” and is full of anecdotes from his life where Melodifestivalen and Eurovision has played a big part.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen Christer says that his favorite song from Melodifestivalen is Monica Zetterlunds “När min vän” from 1962 but for a drink on the terrace he always puts on “Euphoria” from 2012. “That song is very close to me, that’s for sure”, he says in the interview.
Earlier this year Christer Björkman announced that 2021 will be his last year doing Melodifestivalen after 20 years in charge of the contest.
SWEDEN – Moments ago P4 Nāsta concluded and Stiko Per Larsson was declared the first participant of Melodifestivalen. Stiko Per Larsson born in 1978 in Sweden and he is a songwriter and artist. Acoustic and folk rock is his music. He released his first album in 2008 which took him three years to record and immoderately entered Swedish charts at number 41. He mainly tours the country paying music for food and shelter a true street artist.
DOUBLE WINNER for the first time in three years!!!
winner of P4 Nasta and also Melodifestivalen wildcard
The winner with 55% of the votes is Stiko
Darin is performing Ja Må Du Leva and Ta Mig Tillbaka
but we have another interval act
Darin is now performing
Despite we know the #melfest wildcard winner Stiko and Miah proceed to the final according to the results
in the meantime
Pernilla Andersson is performing her Mello song, Despardos
MIAH is second with 80 points
Currently on top is Maija with 96 points
They are announcing the winner
They are announcing the jury points
Stiko is guaranteed a place in the semifinals in Melodifestivalen regardless of the overall result tonight
not that you can judge over their personalities but anyway
now they are talking about the representative who will get the ticket to melodifestivalen
Maija is happy and pleased with her performance and rooting for her city
now back to the green room for more interviews
Sisanda moved to Sweden because of her husband went to university there.
My favourites are MIAH and Frontback.
I like Michi but I think she’s too young
They are doing the compulsory recap
With the voting numbers
Not for me. I think they need to rehearse more.
They both performed in last year’s contest as solo artists.
They sound like a contemporary folk sounding Simon and Garfunkel but I not sure their voices work well together.
They were shocked to have won their place
Next is Jo’ and Eliah
She’s young at 20
Something about her standing in for Molly at Eurovision for the UK?
She’s is from Malmö
Next is Michi
That was weird
But I couldn’t follow the lyrics
It was about living and not being happy
It didn’t make sense
Next finalist is Maija HomHom
This will be her first live performance on radio.
She always been involved in music from a young age.
Very repetitive but that works well in Mello and Eurovision
They sound like an early No Doubt
It reminds me of the song Spiderwebs by No Doubt
The chorus is more country inspired
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Next finalist is Frontback
Rock band who want to share their music with the world.
and now to the green room speaking to the artists
one of them dedicates his performance to his family
It was ok. A little old fashioned in my point of view
Next is Sisanda who’s from South Africa
Some of the lyrics of her song are in an African language
He sounds authentic, I wouldn’t of said he was Swedish more like from Nashville.
He has odd interests including cowboy hats and Stephen Hawking.
Very contemporary country song with bluegrass tones
Up next Chris L Svensson
Singer/songwriter style song with a gospel edge. It feels like an X Factor single.
Good vocals though
Next finalist is MIAH
She’s been dreaming of performing on a stage of this size.
He’s singing about companions.
He feels like they are like companions.
Very folk sounding
Traditional style country song
They are introducing the finalists
They are just giving the voting rules and costs.
So for the first finalist you should type p4nästa (space) låt1 and send to 72250
and we have the first perform on stage: Stiko Per Larsson
He’s very excited to represent his city in the contest
They are saying about the expert jury and public will select the winner
The experts will select the Mello wildcard
Not necessarily the winner of P4 Nästa
The special guests tonight are Darin and Pernilla Andersson. Both previous Mello artists.
Les Gordons were the Mello wildcard though.
Noomi Thorstensson with Intoxicated
You can listen to the show here
Hostess welcomes us to this year’s contest and the 8 finalists that have made it to this point. Congratulations to last year’s winner.
Those been in Sweden can vote for each of the 8 participants by using the following instructions. Remember to replace the X letter with the number of the song you wish to see winning
SMS p4nästa (space) låtX and send to 72250
The official website for P4 Nāsta is
Soon our UK editor and MF expert Fred Medeiros will be here reporting for the live show. If any multimedia posted not shown please refresh the page. Live update is expected at 19:00 CET
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Good evening all, this is the live update of Svensktoppen Nästa and here are the participants
“Kumpaner (Vi är som)” – Stiko Per Larsson (P4 Dalarna)
“That´s when we all come falling down” – MIAH (P4 Jönköping)
“Drive” – Chris L Svensson (P4 Kristianstad)
“If this is love” – Sisanda (P4 Jämtland)
“On and on” – Frontback (P4 Kronoberg)
“Skyskrapor” – Maija HomHom (P4 Stockholm)
“Friday night club escape” – Michi (P4 Malmöhus)
“Since” – Jo’ & Eliah (P4 Uppland)
SWEDEN – Eric Saade stated to Aftonbladet: “I made an EP last year that was very dark, but with this song I want to convey something feel-good […] I thought it was fun to have a video that could convey something else. The video is comical and about how when we celebrate, we all become children. The actual song is about that week or day that all people have annually, such as the barbecue party that always ends in the same way. It’s always the same guy or girl who cheats, the same one getting drunk, the same one lying and crying.”
In February 2010 Saade sang “Manboy”, written by Fredrik Kempe and Peter Boström, at the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2010 (the Swedish qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest). He won the semifinal, finishing third overall. “Manboy” was released in March 2010 in Sweden, reaching #1 on the domestic-single and ringtone charts; its music video also premiered that month. The song’s acoustic version was released in Sweden in May, and in June the single went platinum in that country. In February 2011, Saade entered the Melodifestivalen for a second time. This time he made the final, winning with “Popular” (written by Fredrik Kempe and produced by Peter Boström). The song’s music video premiered in April. In May 2011, Saade competed in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, advancing to the final. He finished third in the competition, Sweden’s best placing since Charlotte Perrelli won in 1999 with “Take Me to Your Heaven”. This was Sweden’s fifth third-place finish at the Eurovision. “Popular” was released in Sweden in February 2011, reaching #1 on the Swedish charts. By July it sold over 40,000 copies in Sweden, reaching double platinum. Its music video premiered in April 2011, when the song was also released in Finland. The single was released in Norway on May 6, in Australia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the US on May 12, in Austria, Germany and Switzerland on May 18 and in Belgium on May 20. “Popular” reached #4 in the Belgian (Flanders) Ultratip Charts, #17 in Finland, #23 in the Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratip, #29 in Austria, #27 in Ireland, #48 in Germany and #76 in the UK. The song was listed at #3 on popjustice.com’s list of 45 Best Singles of 2011. The album remix and slow versions of the song were released in Sweden in March 2011. The slow version was named Song of the Day by popjustice.com on 15 May 2011, and the SoundFactory remix was released in Sweden on 25 May; another remix was released on 9 June in Greece.
SWEDEN – Recently rumours have surfaced that there is a rule which doesn’t allow an artist to compete at Melodifestivalen for three years in succession. The producer of Melodifestivalen, Edward af Sillén has been quick to dismiss this rumour, categorically stating that “no such rule exists”.
Producers choose the artists that take part and the jury is responsible for choosing the songs that take part in the contest for the public to vote on but no artist is limited to competing a maximum of two years in a row. However no artist has competed three years in a row.
Examples are Andreas Johnsson, who took part in 2006 and 2007 as a soloist but competed in a duet with Carola in 2008 or Magnus Carlsson, who competed as part of Alcazar in 2005 but as a soloist in 2006 and 2007.
Also, since 2004, no artist has participated a year after been selected to represent Sweden at Eurovision but again this doesn’t appear to be a rule but rather coincidence.
If there is an unwritten rule regarding participating a maximum of twice in a row, the following artists would not be present at Melodifestivalen 2018 – Wiktoria, Ace Wilder, Krista Siegfrids, Lisa Ajax, Boris René and Robin Bengtsson.
We shall keep an eye to see if these artists do take part or if they fail to appear, adding weight to the rumour of an unwritten rule.
SWEDEN – Måns Zelmerlöw says: “I am absolutely devastated by the events in Barcelona yesterday. Enough now. As many of you know, Barcelona is very special to me. I loved every second of my years there – the people and their mentality, the city and it’s versatility, the beauty in its architecture, the mountains and the beaches. It’s a friendly city. I felt that the first time I set foot there and still do every time I visit. The dark forces of this world try to take that away from city after city, but fail every time. They will fail in Barcelona too. I actually wrote a song about my love for the city a couple of years ago together with Robert Habolin and Gavin Jones. It never became more than a demo. But I felt I wanted to share it with you in this moment of grief.”