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!
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)
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?