The best national selection show for Eurovision will be back in 2020 for the 60th year, and recently Melodifestivalen announced the 28 competing acts. As with every year, we have some prestigious returnees, which we can’t wait for, alongside debuts which may just blow us away too.
This will be the 60th edition of the national selection show and will be hosted by David Sundin, Linnea Henriksson, and Lina Hedlund, the latter of which reached the Final in 2019 with the song “Victorious” and placed 11th. The four Semi-Finals will be taking place on the 1 February, 8 February, 15 February, and 22 February, then the Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round will take place on 29 February, and the Final will kick-off on 7 March 2020.
As per usual, each of the shows will take place at different venues up and down the country. Semi-Final 1 will take place at Saab Arena in Linköping, Semi-Final 2 will take place at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Semi-Final 3 will take place at Coop Norrbotten Arena in Luleå, Semi-Final 4 will take place at Malmö Arena in Malmö, Andra Chansen will take place at Stiga Sports Arena in Eskilstuna, and the Final will take place at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Out of the 28 acts competing, four have previously made it on to the Eurovision stage. There is Robin Bengtsson, who represented Sweden in 2017 with the song “I Can’t Go On” where he danced on travelators, he placed fifth with 344 points; Anna Bergendahl, who represented Sweden in 2010 with the song “This Is My Life”, she’s famous for being the only Swedish representative who didn’t make the Grand Final, she placed 11th in her Semi-Final with 62 points; then there’s Victor Crone, who represented Estonia in 2019 with the song “Storm” where he placed 20th with 76 points; and, there is also Nanne Grönvall, who represented Sweden in 1996 as part of the group One More Time with the song “Den Vilda” where they placed third.
Aside from the Eurovision returning artists, there are also many Melodifestivalen returnees too, ready to give it another shot at representing the country at Eurovision. Returnees include Malou Prytz, Felix Sandman, Sonja Aldén, Linda Bengtzing, Dotter, Thorsten Flinck, Méndez, Alvaro Estrella, Albin Johnsén, Mariette, Anis Don Demina, Mohombi, Hanna Ferm, Ellen Benediktson, Simon Peyron, and Frida Öhrn.
The song titles have also been released, but we won’t get to hear the songs until the actual shows.
Here’s the full list of Melodifestivalen 2020 competing acts and their song titles:
- Malou Prytz – Ballerina
- Felix Sandman – Boys With Emotions
- OVÖ – Inga problem
- The Mamas – Move
- Suzi P – Moves
- Sonja Aldén – Sluta aldrig gå
- Robin Bengtsson – Take A Chance
- Linda Bengtzing – Alla mina sorger
- Dotter – Bulletproof
- Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come
- Thorsten Flinck – Miraklernas tid
- Klara Hammarström – Nobody
- Paul Rey – Talking In My Sleep
- Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella – Vamos amigos
- Faith Kakembo – Crying Rivers
- Amanda Aasa – Late
- Albin Johnsén – Livet börjar nu
- Drängarna – Piga och dräng
- Mariette – Shout It Out
- Anis don Demina – Vem är som oss
- Mohombi – Winners
- Hanna Ferm – Brave
- Nanne Grönvall – Carpool Karaoke
- William Stridh – Molnljus
- Jakob Karlberg – Om du tror att jag saknar dig
- Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface
- Victor Crone – Troubled Waters
- Frida Öhrn – We Are One
The acts who come first and second in each of the Semi-Finals will advance straight through to the Final, whereas third and fourth place will head to the Andra Chansen round where they will battle it out in duos with four out of the eight also heading to the Final.
Only one act will win and go on to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade” where he scored a total of 498 points. The two Semi-Finals of Eurovision will be taking place on 12 May 2020 and 14 May 2020, whilst the Grand Final will take place on 16 May 2020.