In a web-streamed broadcast, Sveriges Television (SVT), the television channel responsible for the Swedish entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, has just announced the participants for Semifinals 1 and 2 of Melodifestivalen 2015, the national selection processed used in Sweden.
The seven participants in Semifinal 1 are:
Jessica Andersson – “Can’t Hurt Me Now”
Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – “Det rår vi inte för”
Dolly Style – “Hello Hi”
Molly Pettersson Hammar – “I’ll Be There”
Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – “One by One”
Daniel Gildenlöw – “Pappa”
Eric Saade – “Sting”
The first semifinal will take place in Göteborg, 7 February 2015.
Returning to the contest is Jessica Andersson for the first time since 2010 when she finished 8th in the Final with “I Did It for Love”. Behrang Miri returns after “Jalla Dansa Sawa” went to Andra chansen in 2013. Daniel Gildenlöw is the lead singer for Pain of Salvation who made Andra chansen in 2010. Eric Saade won the competition in 2011 with “Popular” after finishing third in 2010. Débuts will be made by Dolly Style, Molly Pettersson Hammar, Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg.
The seven participants in Semifinal 2 are:
Mariette – “Don’t Stop Believing”
Linus Svenning – “Forever Starts Today”
Emelie Irewald – “Där och då med dig”
Magnus Carlsson – “Möt mig i Gamla stan”
Samir & Viktor – “Groupie”
Neverstore – “If I Was God for One Day”
Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen – “Nonetheless”
The second semifinal will take place in Malmö, 14 February 2015.
Returning to the contest is Linus Svenning after reaching Andra chansen last year. Magnus Carlsson will make his eighth appearance but only his third as a solo artist. Marie Bergman is a three time winner, 1971, 1972 & 1994. Sanne Salomonsen entered in 2005, finishing seventh. Débuts will be made by Mariette, Emelie Irewald, Samir & Viktor and Neverstore.
Tomorrow morning, the artists participating in Semifinals 3 and 4 will be announced in the same format.