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Melodifestivalen return for Eric Saade

Sources: esc-extra (photo), Aftonbladet.se
Sources: esc-extra (photo), Aftonbladet.se

Swedish broadcaster SVT has unveiled the first 14 acts who are to take part in Melodifestivalen 2015, this year. The country, is again to select its Eurovision entry through it’s national final system which takes them to five different cities across Sweden for four heats, a second chance round, and  the grand final in the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Among the acts, quite a few familiar names with one popping out straight away; Eric Saade, who in 2011 came third with ‘Popular’ in Dusseldorf, is back for another go at Eurovision. He is to appear in the first semi final, which will be held in Gothenburg on February 7. He’s joined there by Melodifestivalen & Eurovision veteran Jessica Andersson (Jessica represented Sweden in 2003 as part of the duo Fame) and Behrang Miri who returns to Melodifestivalen for a second time after his debut in 2013 with Jalla Dansa Sawa. It will be interesting to see whether the co-writer of his new song, Mans Zelmerlow, will be announced, tomorrow as a possible candidate for the remaining two heats.

For the second heat Melodifestivalen veteran Magnus Carlsson has another go and last year’s Linus Svenning is determined to make it back to the final with an English entry.  Plenty of names once again for Melodifestivalen, with new debuting talent which should offer a nice varied string of shows.

The full list of artist, song titles and songwriters can be found below. Tomorrow morning SVT will announce the remaining 14 candidates who will be taking part. Svensktoppen Nästa winner Kalle Johansson will be among those finalists. Last year, EKO, appeared in the third heat and we’re assuming, this year Kalle might be in that one too.

Heat 1: Göteborg 7/2 2015

Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now (Songwriters: Aleena Gibson, Fredrik Thomander)
Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – Det rår vi inte för (Songwriters: Behrang Miri, Albin Johnsén, Måns Zelmerlöw, Tony Nilsson)
Dolly Style – Hello Hi (Songwriters: Emma Nors, Palle Hammarlund, Jimmy Jansson)
Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine (Songwriters: Molly Pettersson Hammar, Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Gavin Jones)
Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One By One (Songwriters: Elize Ryd, Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Sharon Vaughn)
Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa (Songwriter: Daniel Gildenlöw)
Eric Saade – Sting (Songwriters: Sam Arash Fahmi, Fredrik Kempe, Hamed ”K-one” Pirouzpanah, David Kreuger)
Heat 2: Malmö 14/2 2015

Mariette – Don’t Stop Believing (Songwriters: Miss Li, Sonny Gustafsson)
Emelie Irewald – Där och då med dig (Songwriter: Emelie Irewald)
Linus Svenning – Forever Starts Today (Songwriters: Aleena Gibson, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Fredrik Kempe)
Samir & Viktor – Groupie (Songwriters: Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Kevin Högdahl, Maria Smith, Viktor Thell)
Neverstore – If I Was God For One Day (Songwriters: Thomas G:son, John Gordon, Jacob Widén)
Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i Gamla stan (Songwriters: Thomas G:son, Lina Eriksson)
Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen – Nonetheless (Songwriters: Andreas Stone Johansson, Allison Kaplan)

Melodifestivalen 2015 acts to be presented next week.

Sources: esc-extra (photo), Aftonbladet.se
Sources: esc-extra (photo), Aftonbladet.se

The 2015 Eurovision season is well and truly in swing, so more than enough reason for Swedish television to let the Eurovision world know that it’s 28 participants in Melodifestivalen will be announced November 24 and 25.

SVT, are hoping to keep up the great success Sweden has achieved with its preselection and results at the Eurovision Song Contest. With that in their minds, the broadcaster announced earlier in the year a string of changes which included more female involvement in songwriting and also reduce the amount of participants to 28, instead of 32, with the intention of keeping the quality standard high.

Swedish media, with Aftonbladet in the lead, have been speculating and guessing the 28 names for the last few weeks, presenting a very intriguing list of new faces and even some very familiar ones including Mans Zelmerlow, Lili & Susie, Samir & Viktor, Sean Banan, Charlotte Perrelli, Top Cats, JEM, Panetoz, Oscar Zia, Linus Svenning, Mange Makers, Kristian Amparo, Andreas Weise, and Swedish legend Hasse ”Kvinnaböske” Andersson. Currently the only known participant is Svenskatoppen 2014 winner Kalle Johansson.

Last year, Aftonbladet’s Melodifestivalen expert Torbjörn, had 31 out of 32 candidates correct. Considering the amount is lower this year, I have a pretty good feeling he’s going to spot on. The full list of possible entrants can be found at this page. It is in Swedish of course!

Sweden will kick of Melodifestivalen 2015 on February 7, in Gothenborg and cross the country for three more semi finals and a second chance round before the winner and successor of Sanna Nielsen will be crowned in the Friends Arena in Stockholm on March 14. The winner will then represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Last year’s winner, Sanna Nielsen, finished third in Copenhagen this year with her song ‘Undo’. The singer will be back onto the Melodifestivalen stage this year, as she is one of the hosts for the 2015 edition. Listen to Undo Below: