Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 2017
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
4 February 2017
11 February 2017
18 February 2017
25 February 2017
Second Chance:
4 March 2017
Final:
11 March 2017
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Sweden will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) will organise the national final Melodifestivalen 2017 in order to select the Swedish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Background

Prior to the 2017 contest, Sweden had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-six times since its first entry in 1958.[1] Sweden had won the contest on six occasions: in 1974 with the song « Waterloo » performed by ABBA, in 1984 with the song « Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley » performed by Herreys, in 1991 with the song « Fångad av en stormvind » performed by Carola, in 1999 with the song « Take Me to Your Heaven » performed by Charlotte Nilsson, in 2012 with the song « Euphoria » performed by Loreen, and in 2015 with the song « Heroes » performed by Måns Zelmerlöw. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Sweden’s entries, to this point, have featured in every final except for 2010 when the nation failed to qualify.

The Swedish national broadcaster, Sveriges Television (SVT), broadcasts the event within Sweden and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Since 1959, SVT has organised the annual competition Melodifestivalen in order to select the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Before Eurovision

Melodifestivalen 2017

Main article: Melodifestivalen 2017

Melodifestivalen 2017 is the Swedish music competition that will select Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[2] 28 songs will initially compete in a six-week-long process which will consist of four semi-finals on 4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2017, a Second Chance round on 4 March 2017, and a final on 11 March 2017.[3] The six shows will be hosted by Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson.[4]

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[5] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

References

  1. ^ « Sweden Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ « Dags att börja skriva låtar till Melodifestivalen 2017 ». svt.se (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Laufer, Gil (6 September 2016). « Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2017 dates and cities announced! ». esctoday.com. Esctoday.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Lindqvist, Anton (30 September 2016). « Clara Henry, David Lindgren och Hasse Andersson blir programledare för Melodifestivalen 2017 ». svt.se (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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