11 Facts About Melodifestivalen


Melodifestivalen is an annual song competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio .

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The winner of Melodifestivalen has been chosen by panels of jurors since its inception.

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Melodifestivalen has been the launch-pad for the success of popular local acts, such as ABBA, Tommy Korberg, and Lisa Nilsson.

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Melodifestivalen participants have represented—and unsuccessfully tried to represent—other countries at Eurovision.

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In 2021, all shows of that year's Melodifestivalen took place in the Annexet in Stockholm, and without an audience present, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Melodifestivalen takes place over six Saturdays and consists of six live shows: four heats, in which seven songs compete; a Second Chance round featuring songs which missed out on direct qualification from the heats; and a grand final.

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The organisation of a heat system for Melodifestivalen popularised televised heats at other Eurovision national selections.

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Former Melodifestivalen contestants have performed as interval acts in the past, including Lena Philipsson in 2005 and the multi-artist medley of former entries in 2000.

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The final of Melodifestivalen has broken Nordic voting records on several occasions; in 2007, voting figures exceeded two million for the first time.

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The competition's official rules are released by SVT early in preparation for each year's Melodifestivalen, to ensure any changes are noted by songwriters and performers.

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Melodifestivalen's image has evolved throughout its existence, but one word has defined the competition's music: schlager.

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