It’s one of the most anticipated national finals of the season. And on Monday Swedish broadcaster SVT will keep the hype going as it reveals the running order of the Melodifestivalen 2017 semi-finals. The news will give fans more clues as to who the hottest acts — and potential winners — of the contest will be.
In what’s becoming an annual tradition, SVT will present the running order via a live stream. Show host Clara Henry will introduce the event, with Melfest boss Christer Björkman presenting the line-ups.
The pair will reveal the news live on the Melodifestivalen Facebook page, Monday 9 January at 13:00 CET.
The Melfest sticky note system
In previous years, the line-up has been revealed using the Melfest sticky note system. Songs are colour-coded according to genre, with asterisks denoting songs with Swedish lyrics and/or female writers.
The entries are then carefully arranged to ensure each of the four shows has a good blend of styles, and that each episode will provide a good night’s entertainment.
The songs in closing position are thought to give clues to the year’s favourites. The last slot in each show is usually given to the strongest song of the evening, one considered likely to qualify direkt till final — if not win Melfest outright.
While the closing position is often given to established acts, that isn’t a guarantee. Last year newcomer Wiktoria closed her semi-final and went on to placed fourth in the grand final.
But running order isn’t everything. Melfest 2016 winner Frans performed fifth in his semi-final, and surprised some by significantly outperforming closing act and expected heat winner Molly Sandén.
Melodifestivalen 2017 begins in less than one month. The first semi-final starts on 4 February on Gothenburg. We’ll have full coverage.
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