SWEDEN – SVT confirmed today the cities, venues and. dates for the 2019 Melodifestivalen, through which once again the country will decide its participant and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. We know that usually the Melodifestivalen dates indicate the last country to decide for Eurovision as the week after #melfest final, EBU’s Head of Delegations meeting is taking place. That meeting is usually taking place 2 months exactly before the Eurovision Song Contest, something that could indicate that Eurovision 2019 dates could be May 14, 16, 18.
Back to Melodifestivalen as 28 acts will complete for the ticket to Israel. Held inn different cities across the country, is the top music event of the country, completely associated with the record labels by which there is huge support in the entire branding of the show. Despite last year’s low TV rates, it remains the most anticipated event of. the country and one of the most anticipated national selection in Europe, setting high standards of selection for almost all European nations.
Remember that submissions for 2019 Melodifestivalen due on September 17th. On November SVT will announce the participants of 2019 Melodifestivalen (27 of them, since the 28th act has bend decided by P4 Nästa) and the hosts. We are also awaiting to see how Edward af Sillén will contribute on the 2019 Melodifestivalen which suffered in TV ratings with local press mainly criticising the host David Lindgren as mediocre host. Melodifestivalen 2019 tickets go o sale on 31/10.
DATES AND VENUES FOR 2019 MELODIFESTIVALEN
FEB 02 – FIRST SEMI FINAL – GOTHENBURG (SCANDIAVIUM)
FEB 09 – SECOND SEMI FINAL – MALMÖ (MALMÖ ARENA)
FEB 16 – THIRD SEMI FINAL – LEKSAND (TEGERA ARENA)
FEB 23 – FOURTH SEMI FINAL – LIDKÖPING (SPARBANKEN ARENA)
MAR 02 – SECOND CHANCE – NYKÖPING (NYKÖPING ARENA)
MAR 09 – FINAL – STOCKHOLM (FRIENDS ARENA)
USA – We all remember Benjamin Igrosso’s performance in Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2018 with the song “Dance You Off”. A minimalistic abstract stage presentation of moving neon lights. Well it was on early September that Amanda Mena performed Pharrell’s “Happy” on America’s Got Talent show. As you can see her stage presentation is similar (actually a copycat) of that Benjamin did in Lisbon!
SWEDEN – Following the disappointing viewing figures which originally allocated to the Winter Olympic Games, SVT now gets aboard Edward af Sillén as a consultant and script writer. According to several sources, Sillén has been hired as a consultant and adviser to assist and support the program’s project managers and manufacturers to increase the quality of the content of the program.
The information is confirmed by the Melodifestival project manager Anette Hellenius:
“I take Edward as a consultant to write some numbers and sketches because I think he is an incredibly skilled creator, because he has a long experience of the Melody Festival and because he luckily had the opportunity to take on the task now. Edward will be the consultant of the creative group with Christer Björkman and Henric von Zweigbergk at the forefront. Edward is a person you always think about when planning Mello. Now it could be done”, she says
Edward of Sillén says:
“I love working with Christer and Hence, so it’s going to be a joke to help and try to bring the content in the right direction,” he says. “I will consult the content thread and be in the background in the background with regard to program managers and choice of intermediaries. It feels natural and fun. Maybe I also write a single number, we’ll see.”
Less than 3 million viewers were tough for SVT to get alerted as the viewing figures dropped in the levels of 2011. After the final, SVT boss Peter Nyrén, entertainment entertainment program, acknowledged that the content of this year’s program was not always estimated.
“We have received signals that it may not have been done in all directions, and that it has not been done. And what has happened has not been appreciated all the time”, he said.
Edward of Sillén has directed his first feature film “Part of my Heart” in the summer based on Tomas Ledin’s music and with Malin Åkerman in one of the main roles. He is one of Sweden’s most engaged directors and scriptwriters, and is among other things involved in the musical version of “Så som i himlen”, which premieres at the Oscar Theater September 13th. He also directs Mia Skäring’s upcoming show “Avig Maria”.
Formerly, he directed Maria Lundkvist, director of the singles show “Shirley Valentine”, wrote a script for the “Medicine” and “A Wonderful Damn Christmas” series, and he has also been a commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest eight times, by 2018 in Lisbon.
SWEDEN – Moments ago the one month SMS voting for P4 Nästa concluded. Girl band Spring City won this radio competition. But the male duo The Lovers of Valdaro will be participating in the 2019 Melodifestivalen. Their song will be decided late on.
SWEDEN – With four appearances in Melodifestivalen, Charlotte Perrelli, winner of the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest, admitted that she could return to the race to represent the country at the international event, but not in the 2019 edition:
“I will not be to compete at Melodifestivalen next year, I can not rule out being able to participate in a non-competitive way, considering the 20 years of my Eurovision victory.”
“I can not rule out the biggest television and music program in Sweden. It’s hard to say I’ll never be again … it’s not impossible,” she said, leaving the possibility of returning to the event in the coming years.
Charlotte Perrelli represented Sweden for the first time at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest, having achieved the victory with “Take Me to Your Heaven”. In 2008, the singer returned to the show with “Hero”, having only reached the 18th place in the Grand Final, after being judged by the jury wildcard in the semifinal.
In 2012 and 2016, Charlotte Perrelli returned to play the Melodifestivalen, failing on both occasions to qualify for the following phases: