SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen 2019 will be the 59th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen and will be held between 2 February 2019 and 9 March 2019. Presenters will be Sarah Dawn Finer, Kodjo Akolor, Marika Carlsson and Eric Saade. Edward af Sillén returned as a consultant and adviser, producing various interval acts for the hosts. The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Lovers of Valdaro, a duo consisting of Erik Gabriel Høiby and Adam Warhester, were announced as the first act of Melodifestivalen 2019 on 25 August 2018, after they had finished second in the 2018 edition of the Swedish talent show P4 Nästa. Although the duo didn’t win, a professional jury from the show had selected them to be pre-qualified for Melodifestivalen.