The stage is set, the confetti cannons are banned and this year, get a sneak preview of each of the songs a few days earlier than before! Let’s take a quick round-up of all the goings on in Sweden ahead of this week’s first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2017 in Göteborg, for which SVT are using #melfest on social media.
On-stage light is the focus for #melfest 2017
With 28 songs ready to be aired for the first time, Sveriges Television (SVT) have revealed this year’s stage and what the artists will be able to do with it.
In 2017, the stage has a focus on improving the light available to each of the performing artists with Viktor Brattström, the stage designer, saying to SVT, “We want the light to be integrated into the set design and enhance the form. It has led to a more futuristic look.”
Confetti ban in-place
With the specific demands of this year’s stage, the production team have also announced that there will be a ban on the usage of confetti on the #melfest stage. Whilst this does not mean that SVT may flaunt their own rules for allowing confetti to fall over the audience, particularly in the case of celebrating the winner, it means that artists themselves cannot request to use this feature. Project Manager for Melodifestivalen 2017, Anette Helenius, says that there is great risk of fire if even one or two confetti pieces end up in contact with the particles producing the images on the LED flooring. She offers her opinion on the matter, explaining that she doesn’t think the audience will be disappointed with this ban, saying, “I think confetti sometimes used a little unnecessarily. There are so many other expressions you can take to enhance the number at least as good.”
An early chance to listen to this year’s competing entries
As per usual, each Thursday will see 30 second clips of each of the rehearsals as they’re performed on the Melodifestivalen 2017 stage itself. 2 minute 30 second clips of each song in its studio version will be made available on Saturday at 14:00 CET but this year, SVT have decided to upload 1 minute clips of each of the songs on Thursday afternoon at 14:30 CET in their studio versions. This is the first chance to hear the competing songs each week and should be the time to start to see some movement in the betting odds at popular bookies.
This week in Göteborg
The first seven artists will take their place on the stage this weekend in Göteborg to perform their potential Eurovision entries for Sweden. The artists this week are Boris René, Adrijana, Dinah Nah, De Vet Du, Charlotte Perrelli, Ace Wilder and Nano.
Two will qualify automatically to the Final in Stockholm on 11 March, third and fourth place will qualify to Andra chansen – although their exact finishing positions will not be revealed – which takes place in Linköping on 4 March, and the remaining three will be eliminated from the competition, with their entries being made available for purchase on digital media platforms such as iTunes.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of this year’s changes and who you would like to see walk away with the Sångfagel trophy.
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