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Sweden Melodifestivalen 2019: Wiktoria & Mohombi
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Sweden Melodifestivalen 2019: Wiktoria and Mohombi to the final

Tonight the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2019 took place in Göteborg, Sweden. Seven acts performed live, and two songs qualified directly to the final: Wiktoria with 'Not With Me' and Mohombi with 'Hello'. Two songs were selected for the second chance show.

Nu kör vi!

This years Melodifestivalen has begun! The first deltävling (heat) had two winners directly qualified for the final: Wiktoria and Mohombi and two acts for the "second chance": Nano and Anna Bergendahl.

The first deltävling was held in the Scandinavium arena in Göteborg. The arena hosted Eurovision Song Contest 1985, and was among one of the four potential candidate venues to host Eurovision Song Contest 2013, but in the end, Malmö Arena was chosen to host the contest.

Like the previous years the votes will not be unveiled before the Final of Melodifestivalen 9 March 2019.

Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 1

Deltävling 1, Göteborg, 2 February 2019

  • Wiktoria – "Not With Me" (final)
  • Mohombi – "Hello" (final)
  • Nano – "Chasing Rivers" (second chance)
  • Anna Bergendahl – "Ashes to Ashes" (second chance)
  1. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina – "Mina bränder"
  2. High 15 – "No Drama"
  3. Arja Saijonmaa – "Mina fyra årstider"

Melodifestivalen 2019

  • 2 February: Deltävling 1 (Gothenburg)
  • 9 February: Deltävling 2 (Malmö)
  • 16 February: Deltävling 3 (Leksand)
  • 23 February: Deltävling 4 (Lidköping)
  • 2 March: Second Chance (Nyköping)
  • 9 March: Final (Stockholm)
Sweden 2019: Melodifestivalen hosts
Hosts of Melodifestivalen 2019 (Photo: SVT)

The format for Melodifestivalen 2019 is the same as last year: Each of the 4 heats qualifies 2 songs directly to the final Each of the 4 heats qualifies 2 songs to the "second chance"-show. In the "second chance" 4 songs will be selected for the final.

Hosts of the shows are Eric Saade, Sarah Dawn Finer, Marika Carlsson and Kodjo Akolor. Tickets for all the shows are on sale on Livenation.se

Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest

Since 1958 Sweden has participated 58 times in Eurovision Song Contest with great succes. They have won the contest 6 times:

Sweden 1984: Herrey's - "Diggi-loo Diggy-ley"

They came last two times (1963 and 1977), and since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004 Sweden managed to qualify for the Grand Final 14 out of 15 times! (only skipped the qualification in 2010)




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