Sweden 2023: Melodifestivalen – Guide For Heat 1!

Sweden’s national selection method kicks-off this Saturday. The show will last 6 weeks – 4 Heats, one Semifinal (former Second Chance) and a Final. During the four Heats, we will see the 28 acts but only 12 will make it to the final.

Heat 1

Seven acts will try to win one of the two tickets for the Final. Those who will place third and fourth they’ll have a second chance on March 4, at the Semifinal.

1. Tone Sekelius – Rhythm of My Show

Tone Sekelius is a trans woman that was born in July 16, 1997 in Växjö, Sweden. She is known for her Make-up videos that she posts. In 2017, she released her debut single and in 2022 she participated for the first time in Melodifestivalen. Her Mello entry “My Way” placed 5th with 84 points.

2. Loulou Lamotte – Inga sorger

Louise “Loulou” Lamotte was born on April 16, 1981 in Malmö, Sweden. She is a Swedish singer of American descent.

She rosed to fame after competing in the 2008 version of the Swedish Idol. In 2013, she participated in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national final for Eurovision, along with Oscar Zia and Behrang Miri. Their song “Jalla Dansa Sawa” reached the second chance round and was peaked in the 4th place of the Swedish charts. Since 2019, she is member of The Mamas.

The Mamas is three member group that was formed in 2019 and focuses on soul and gospel sounds. The three members that consist the group are Ashley Haynes, Loulou Lamotte and Dinah Yonas Manna. The group is known for providing backing vocals on John Lundvik’s “Too Late For Love” 2019 Melfest – and subsequently Eurovision – entry. The song topped the Swedish charts and was certified two times platinum. At Eurovision the entry placed 5th in the final. In 2020, the group competed solo on the national final and won with the song “Move”, which once again topped the local charts and was certified platinum. After their victory, they released one EP titled “Tomorrow is waiting”, with original songs. In 2021, they competed again in the Swedish national final with the song “In The Middle” placing 3rd at the final – 2nd in the televoting.

3. Rejhan – Haunted

Rejhan Bellani or simply Rejhan is a young Swedish artist of Kosovar and Bosnian origin. He gained fame in 2021, by competing in the Swedish version of Got Talent. Due to his heritage he can sing in Albanian, Bosnian, Swedish and English.

4. Elov & Beny – Raggen går

Elov & Benny is a musical duo that was formed in 2008 from Mattias Elovsson and Oscar Kilenius. They have released two albums and multiple singles. Now, they will debut in Melodifestivalen.

5. Victor Crone – Diamonds

Victor Crone is from Sweden. He was born on 31st of January 1992 in Österåker. He is familiar both with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision. In 2015, he teamed up with Behrang Miri and competed to Melfest with the song “Det Rår Vi Inte För”. The song made it to the Second Chance but knocked out by Samir & Viktor. In 2019, he competed in Eesti Laul – the Estonian national final – with the song “Storm” and won it. Therefore, he represented the Baltic nation into the Eurovision. In Tel Aviv, he placed 20th in the final. On February 2020, he competed in the national selection, where he placed 9th in the final.

6. Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Länge leve livet

Eva Rydberg is a Swedish singer, actress and comedian. She is an established artist in her country and will compete for the third time in the national final (1977, 2021). Ewa Roos is also a singer and songwriter. Her debut as a singer was at the age of 13, when she won a radio contest. Ewa Roos will be for the second time on the Melodifestivalen’s stage (2021).

The duo competed for the first time together in the national selection in 2021 with the song “Rena Rama Ding Dong”. The entry reached the Second Chance Round, where it was eliminated.

7. Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Arc North feat. Adam Woods – Where You Are (Sávežan)

Jon Henrik Fjällgren has participated three times in the past, all of which made it direct to the final. The first time in 2015 he finished second, in 2016 he finished third and in 2019 he placed 4th.

You can watch the semifinal live from SVT Play at 20:00 CET this Saturday here.

What do you think about the semifinal? Which act is your favourite? Write your thoughts in the comments below!


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