Sweden’s national selection method kicks-off tonight from Linköping. The show will last 6 weeks – 4 Semifinals, 1 Second Chance (Andra Chansen) and 1 Final. At the four semi-finals, we will see 28 acts but only 12 will make it to the final (two from each semifinal and four from second chance). 2020 will mark the 60th edition of the show. Presenters of the six shows will be David Sundin, Linnea Henriksson and Lina Hedlund (Melodifestivalen 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2019).
This year’s contest will see the return from many artists. A total of 20 returning artists will sing in this year’s edition, some of them will team-up for this edition. Mendez will compete along with Alvaro Estrella. Both of them had tried solo in the past, but this will be their first collaboration on the Melfest’s stage.
Tonight, the first semi-final will be live from Linköping. Seven acts will try to win one of the two tickets for the Final. Those who will finish third and fourth they’ll have a Second Chance on 29th February.
Five of the seven artists have previously participated. The only newcomers are Suzi P the 17-year-old artist and the duo OVÖ.
- The Mamas
The Mamas is a band consisting of three women. The group isn’t unfamiliar with the national final. Last year, the Mamas were the backing vocalists of Melfest’s winner John Lundvik. Therefore, they have also sung in Tel Aviv (Host city of Eurovision 2019). The song “Too Late For Love” placed 5th in the final of Eurovision. This year, they will sing solo. Their entry is titled “Move”.
- Suzi P
Suzi is just 17 years old. Tonight will be her debut to the contest. Her song is titled “Moves” and is co-composed by Joy Deb – co-composer of 2015 winning entry “Heroes”.
- Robin Bengtsson
The winner of the 2017 edition is back with the song “Take a Chance”. Robin debuted at the contest in 2016 with the song “Constellation Prize”. The year after, he won the national final and represented Sweden to Kyiv, Ukraine. At Eurovision, he finished fifth.
- Malou Prytz
Malou is just 16 years old. She made her debut to the contest last year when she participated with the entry “I Do Me”. The song qualified directly to the final, where it finished 10th in the televising and 12th after all. Last summer, she released her first EP “Enter”. Her song is titled “Ballerina” and is composed by Melodifestivalen’s veterans Thomas G:son, Peter Boström and Jimmy Jansson.
OVÖ is standing for “Om Vi Överlever”, which means “If We Survive”. The duo is debuting this year to Melodifestivalen. Their music is influenced by pop and dance music. Their entry is titled “Inga Problem”.
- Sonja Aldén
This year will mark Sonja’s fourth attempt in Melodifestivalen. Her debut entry was in 2006, but she didn’t make it to the final. A year after, she tried one more time reaching the second chance round. Her most recent attempt was in 2012 when she didn’t qualify for the final. Her entry this year is titled “Sluta aldrig gå”.
- Felix Sandman
Felix debuted to Melfest in 2017 as part of the boy-band FO&O. Their song finished 11th in the final of Melodifestivalen that year. In 2018, he tried solo and he almost won, finishing 2nd even though he was qualified through the second chance round. In 2019, he starred in the Swedish Netflix series “Quicksand“. His entry is titled “Boys With Emotions”.
You can watch the semifinal live from SVT Play here. (20:00 CET)
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