With just a few days to go, Sweden will once again begin with their national selection ‘Melodifestivalen’. Ahead of the show this weekend, SVT has released one-minute snippets of the seven competing songs.
Melodifestivalen 2021: Deltävling 1
The one-minute-clips of the songs have been released as usual on SVT Play. Later tonight, SVT will also release rehearsal videos of each performance.
- Kadiatou – One Touch
- Lillasyster – Pretender
- Jessica Andersson – Horizon
- Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
- Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem
- Nathalie Brydolf – Fingerprints
- Danny Saucedo – Dandi dansa
As previously reported, due to COVID-19, all the shows will take place in Annexet in Stockholm. You are able to find out more about this week’s show, by reading our guide here.
The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2021 will start 20:00CET on Febrauary 6. Two songs will qualify to the final and two songs will be sent to the andra chansen (second chance) round.
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden has participated in the contest 59 times since its debut in 1958. They have missed only three contests since their debut (1964, 1970 and 1976). Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through Melodifestivalen. In 1997, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting, and have continued to innovate the technology behind the contest whenever they host.
Sweden is one of the most successful countries at the contest, winning six contests so far. Notably, their wins span their participation history; their victories span five decades with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson (1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015). They currently have the second-highest number of wins, behind Ireland’s seven.
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