It’s a party in Sweden, y’all! After all the rumours, speculation and possible confirmations, from Greece’s 2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou to 2013 runner-up YOHIO, Sweden’s SVT has finally announced the first 16 artists that will be competing at Melodifestivalen 2014. Drumroll please!

First Semi-Final

The first semi-final takes place at the Malmö Arena in Malmö on February 1. 

Mahan Moin with “Aleo” (Mahan Moin, Anderz Wrethov)

Alvaro Estrella with “Bedroom” (Jakke Erixson, Jon Bordon, Lauren Francis, Kristofer Östergren)

Linus Svenning with “Bröder” (Fredrik Kempe)

Sylvester Schlegel with “Bygdens son” (Sylvester Schlegel)

Elisa Lindström with “Casanova” (Ingela “Pling” Forsman, Bobby Ljunggren, Jimmy Jansson)

Ellen Benediktson with “Songbird” (Sharon Vaughn, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren)

Helena Paparizou with “Survivor” (Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Sharon Vaughn)

YOHIO with “To the End” (Andreas Johnson, Johan Lyander, Peter Kvint, Yohio)

Second Semi-Final

The second semi-final takes place at the Cloetta Center in Linköping on February 8.

Panetoz with “Efter solsken” (Johan Hirvi, Mats Lie Skåre, Nebeyu Baheru, Njol Badjie, Pa Modou Badjie)

Manda with “Glow” (Joy Deb, Linnéa Deb, Melanie Wehbe, Charlie Mason)

Pink Pistols with “I Am Somebody” (Joakim Törnqvist, Nestor Geli, Per Ivar Hed, Susie Päivärinta, Tord Bäckström)

JEM with “Love Trigger” (Thomas G:son, Peter Boström, Julimar “J-Son” Santos)

Martin Stenmarck with “När änglarna går hem” (Andreas Öhrn, Alexander Bard, Martin Stenmarck, Peter Boström)

Little Great Things with “Set Yourself Free” (Charlie Grönvall, Cristoffer Wernqvist, Felix Grönvall, Adam Dahlström)

The Refershments with “Hallelujah” (Joakim Arnell)

Sanna Nielsen with “Undo” (Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah)

But that’s not all, folks! This is only half the story, so watch this space as SVT will reveal the remaining artists on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Lars Anders Jansson and Nour El Refai were confirmed as the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2014.

What do you think of the list so far?

Anthony Ko contributed this report from the U.K. Follow him on Twitter at @bjorneo. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by liking our Facebook page.

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Arianna
7 years ago

Pretty strong list!! I’m sure we are going to be in for a fantastic Melfest season! Can’t wait to see the rest of the confirmed artists!

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

What’s the point of putting Helena and Yohio both in the same semifinal? Barring an unexpected Euphoria-quality entry, we basically already know who is going to qualify from there.

Padraig Muldoon
Admin
7 years ago

This has been bugging me all day. Is JEM the same as Jem? The girl who sang “They”? Because that would be brilliant…
http://youtu.be/qSLvcJ4I1mw

Z24
Z24
7 years ago

@David
I… don’t know… we normally have two or three at this point.

David Thielen
7 years ago

>> wow only one G:son?

Is that allowed?

Z24
Z24
7 years ago

Also, wow only one G:son?

Z24
Z24
7 years ago

Is this the running order already?
Helena and Yohio are surefire to pass then. Their songs have to suck BIG TIME for them to not be in the top 4.

Comy
Comy
7 years ago

Helena and YOHIO 🙂 🙂 🙂

Anneli
Anneli
7 years ago

A bad line up

Ruben
Ruben
7 years ago

Fantastic line up! If all goes as planned, the Swedish broadcaster SVT will announce at the 2nd press conference on Thursday that Alcazar will participate in Melodifestivalen 2014 just like Anton Ewald, Dr. Alban ft. Jessica Folcker, Janet Leon, Linda Bengtzing, Oscar Zia and Shirley Clamp.

joey
joey
7 years ago

yeah…i have to agree, good luck to Helena, Sanna and Yohio!!!

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

I hope Alcazar will also try again. They always have good songs and performances and they deserve to represent Sweden at ESC once!

Mathew
Mathew
7 years ago

I’m gonna guess…
Helena, Yohio, Sanna and Martin – Direkt till Finalen
Elisa and Panetoz – Andra Chansen

Samo
7 years ago

Helena, Yohio, Sanna and Martin in just the first two semi-finals? So much talent!

Patrick
7 years ago

Wow, I did not expect TWO former contestants of only ONE Eurovision Final (2005). Hope that Helena’s entry will be good and that she wins Melli’14!

Evridiki
Evridiki
7 years ago

Helena, Sanna and Yohio- GOOD LUCK!!!