As national finals go, the Swedish Melodifestivalen tend to be seen as leaders of the pack. As a country, they've not done badly at Eurovision. One more win and they equal one-time greats Ireland at the top; of the league table.
Today broadcaster SVT named dates and venues for the 2019 season. The format is much as before. Four semi-finals, each with two songs making the grand final and two making a sing-off. The grand final features the eight direct qualifiers and two songs given a 'second chance' from the sing-off.
Semi-Final 1: February 2nd, Göteborg (Scandinavium)
Semi-Final 2: February 9th, Malmö (Malmö Arena)
Semi-Fina 3: February 16th, Leksand (Tegera Arena)
Semi-Final 4: February 23th, Lidköping (Sparbanken Arena)
Second Chance: March 2rd, Nyköping (Nyköpings Arenor Rosvalla)
Final: March 9th, Stockholm (Friends Arena)
The tickets for all six shows go on sale on October 31.