Sweden revamps its own festival

So SVT, not only content with Ruining Eurovision – so Twitter/x would have you believe – is having another tinker with the Melodifestivalen format.

This year they are having five standard heats, each with six songs.  The top two will go direkt til finalen, the fifth and sixth placed songs will be eliminated and, here’s the twist, the songs that end in third and fourth place will qualify for a re-tooled Andra Chansen round – which will start immediately after the fifth heat.

The top two out of that run-off vote will join the other ten songs in the grand Final of Song at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, despite clearly standing no chance whatsoever of winning.

I know, I know, it makes my head hurt too but, I’m sure, it makes more sense in Swedish, most things go!

The runners and riders

Now, as for those songs and singers, they were announced at a presser on 1 December officially…. though officially 29 of the 30 had been leaked by everyone’s favourite journo in the days leading up to the announcement, which would have pissed off SVT no end…

Heat One- Malmo
Song Performer(s)
Awful Liar Lisa Ajax
Forever Yours Elisa Lindström
Hela världen väntar Samir & Viktor
Heroes Are Calling Smash Into Pieces
Min melodi Melina Borglowe
Supernatural Adam Woods
Heat Two – Gothenburg
Song Performer(s)
Ahumma C-Joe
Dragon Liamoo
Norrland Engmans Kapell
The Silence After You Dear Sara
Unga & fria Fröken Snusk
When I’m Gone Maria Sur
Heat Three – Vaxjo
Song Performer(s)
Aldrig mer Clara Klingenström
Effortless Jacqline
För dig Klaudy
Give My Heart a Break Cazzi Opeia
I Won’t Shake (La La Gunilla) Gunilla Persson
Take My Breath Away Kim Cesarion
Heat Four – Eskilstuna
Song Performer(s)
30 km/h Lia Larsson
Circus X Scarlet
Done Getting Over You Albin Tingwall
En sång on sommaren Lasse Stefanz
Happy That You Found Me Danny Saucedo
It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song Dotter
Heat Five – Karlstad
Song Performer(s)
Back to My Roots Jay Smith
Banne maj Elecktra
Controlla Chelsea Muco
Light Annika Wickihalder
Que Sera Medina
Unforgettable Marcus & Martinus


As you can see, there are loads of people that have been in this farrago before, most notably Danny Saucedo and Samir and Viktor, but there is, weirdly, no former MF winner in this set of 30 songs.

The frivolity commences the first week in February.