After all the rumours, speculation and leaked confirmations, SVT finally revealed the 14 acts competing in first and second semi-finals of Sweden’s national selection, Melodifestivalen — and among them are #melfest veterans Eric Saade, Behrang Miri, Magnus Carlsson and Linus Svenning. The final 14 acts will be revealed tomorrow, in a second press conference, which you can watch live on SVT from 10:00 CET on this link. In any event, here are the first set of semi-finalists!

Melodifestivalen 2015: Deltävling 1

1. Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now

Jessica Andersson has already represented Sweden in Eurovision, as part of group Fame, which placed fifth in Riga with “Give Me Your Love“. Since then Jessica has appeared in four editions of Melodifestivalen, most recently in 2010 with “I Did It for Love“. The song is written by Aleena Gibson and Fredrik Thomande.

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?Can’t Hurt Me Now – Jessica Andersson? #melfest

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2. Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – Det rår vi inte för

Behrang Miri took part in Melodifestivalen 2013 and introduced us to Oscar Zia, who served as both a backing dancer and vocalist. His song “Jalla Dansa Sawa” faced Anton Ewald‘s “Begging” at the second chance round. “Jalla Dansa Sawa” eventually reached fourth position on Sweden’s singles charts. Behrang will duet with 22-year-old Victor Crone. The song is written by Albin Johnsén, Måns Zelmerlöw, Tony Nilsson and Behrang Miri himself.

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?Det rår vi inte för – Behrang Miri feat. Victor Fritz Crone? #melfest

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3. Dolly Style – Hello hi

Molly, Holly and Polly are the members of Dolly Style. They are “originally from dollhouse Dolly Ville” and their song is about getting people to socialize, saying hello to each other and being happy. The song is written by Emma Nors, Palle Hammarlulnd and Jimmy Jansson. It’s like YOHIO x 3, y’all!

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?Hello Hi – Dolly Style? #melfest

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4. Molly Pettersson-Hammar – I’ll Be Fine

18-year-old Molly Pettersson-Hammar is known as an Idol 2011 finalist and Robin Stjernberg‘s ex-girlfriend. After placing fourth on Swedish Idol, Molly hasn’t released any singles. Her song was written by Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Gavin Jones and Molly herself. 

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?I’ll Be There – Molly Pettersson Hammar? #melfest

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5. Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd – One By One

Opera singer Rickard Söderberg was one of the first artists rumoured to take part in Melodifestivalen. He has starred in many musicals and operas in Sweden. Elize Ryd is one the lead singers of Swedish/Danish metal band Amaranthe. Amaranthe’s latest album “Massive Addictive” came out this year. The song is written by Elize Ryd, Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm and Sharon Vaughn.

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?One By One – Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg? #melfest

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6. Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa

Daniel Gildenlöw is best known as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in the band Pain of Salvation, which took part in Melodifestivalen 2010 with the song “Road Salt“. Daniel formed the band when he was only 11 years old and they have released nine albums so far. Daniel Gildenlöw wrote the song himself.

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?Pappa – Daniel Gildenlöw? #melfest

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7. Eric Saade – Sting

Eric Saade came third in Melodifestivalen 2010 with “Manboy” and won it all a year later. After placing third with “Popular” in Düsseldorf, Eric has been touring all over Scandinavia and his latest album “Forgive Me” was released in 2013. Sam Arash Fahmi, Fredrik Kempe, Hamed “K-one” Pirouzpanah and David Kreuger wrote the song.

Deltävling 1: Göteborg ?Sting – Eric Saade? #melfest

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Melodifestivalen 2015: Deltävling 2

1. Mariette – Don’t Stop Believing

31-year-old Mariette Hansson, also known as MaryJet, finished fourth on Swedish Idol in 2009. She was named “gay of the year” in 2010 and throughout the past year she has toured with Ace Wilder. The song is written by Miss Li and Sonny Gustafsson.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Don’t Stop Believing – Mariette? #melfest

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2. Linus Svenning – Forever Starts Now

Linus Svenning rose to the fame at this year’s Melodifestivalen, where he placed fifth with the song “Bröder“. After the contest he released a new single “Dansa Sakta“, but mostly he has been focusing on recording covers on his Youtube channel. The song is written by Aleena Gibson, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad and Fredrik Kempe.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Forever Starts Today – Linus Svenning? #melfest

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3. Emelie Irewald – Där och då med dig

30-year-old Emelie says that she has been doing music as long as she can remember. In 2011 she took part in Swedish talent show True Talent, finishing fourth. She has written this song herself.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Där och då med dig – Emelie Irewald? #melfest

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4. Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i Gamla Stan

Magnus Carlsson has done Melodifestivalen even more than Sanna Nielsen, either with bands Barbados and Alcazar or as a solo act. His latest attempt was in 2007 with “Live Forever“, placing fifth in his semifinal. The song is written by Thomas G:son and Lina Eriksson.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Möt mig i Gamla stan – Magnus Carlsson? #melfest

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5. Samir & Victor – Groupie

This duo is made up of 24-year-old reality TV star Samir Badran and 19-year-old Swedish fashion blogger Viktor Frisk. This summer they came up with a hit single “Success“, which reached the top spot on both Swedish iTunes and Swedish Spotify. The song is written by Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Kevin Högdahl, Maria Smith and Viktor Thell.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Groupie – Samir & Viktor? #melfest

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6. Neverstore – If I was God for one day

Neverstore is a punk rock band formed in 2000. So far they have released four albums and their latest single “The Greatest Gift” came out in October. The song is written by Thomas G:son, John Gordon and Jacob Widén.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?If I Was God For One Day – Neverstore? #melfest

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7. Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen – Nonetheless

Marie Bergman has represented Sweden three times in the Eurovision Song Contest, most recently in 1994 with Roger Pontare. Sanne Salomonsen is a Danish singer, who has been performing since 1975. She has also taken part in Melodifestivalen – she placed 7th in the final in 2005. The song is written by Andreas Stone Johansson and Allison Kaplan.

Deltävling 2: Malmö ?Nonetheless – Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen? #melfest

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Who is the biggest surprise and which song are looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I do hope that Rickard Soderberg and Elize Ryd wipe the floor with everyone else, but I don’t think they will.

Maria
Maria
5 years ago

Eric and Linus, yessss!

PP
PP
5 years ago

CookyMonzta

Swedish-language song in the final because international juries don t have so much chance to win.

Olivier ROCHER
Olivier ROCHER
5 years ago

Mans Zelmerlow will take part. He HAS TO win Melfest this time!

Ray
Ray
5 years ago

Good trick to promote an unknown artist in this comments below with big names Charlotte Perrelli and Helena Papariziou LOL

Peris
Peris
5 years ago

Eurovision 2015 please Europe vote for Greece and Malta

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

Linus making another run for it. 🙂 I thought “Bröder” had a much better chance at winning last year as being the only Swedish-language song in the final.

Melissa J
5 years ago

Looks like a great mix of old and new this year! And great to see a bunch of Swedish language songs in there too! I’m very interested for Eric Saade’s song and to see how well he will do on his third time out.

alex34345
alex34345
5 years ago

Linus is back! That is a good news!

Thiefo
5 years ago

So happy to see Linus back! Also, quite thrilled for Behrang Miri as well! I loved Jalla Dansa Sawa, I think it deserved to be in the final in 2013.

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
5 years ago

@Ruben
This is, as a mather of fact, not confirmed anywhere.
Only SVT knows who is confirmed and who is not.

David
David
5 years ago

Eric, if his song is great will win! I promise. Based solely on names and popularity Eric willsail through semi 1

Ruben
Ruben
5 years ago

@ Giorgios

“Helena Paparizou, Alexander Vasilliou and Charlotte Perelli are three of the rest 14 contestants.” Where did you read that? Is this confirmed? Please let us know.

Giorgios
5 years ago

Helena Paparizou, Alexander Vasilliou and Charlotte Perelli are three of the rest 14 contestants. Also I hope YOHIO and Janet Leon return

Rayman
Rayman
5 years ago

I really look forward to Jessica Andersson and the songs written by Aleena Gibson!

I’m also curious about the “web joker”-winner Emelie Irewald, it’s nice with a few songs in Swedish. I sent a song this year, but it obviously didn’t make the cut. 😛

Pierre
Pierre
5 years ago

Elize Ryd 😀

Axell
5 years ago

I am so happy that Linus is back!!Bröder was awesome.
It’s also nice to see Eric back.

Petra
Petra
5 years ago

Why are not any Swedish stars participating in the Swedish Melodifestivalen?

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

You’re welcome! 🙂

Sami Luukela
5 years ago

@Alex, thank you for the nice feedback! 🙂

Edd
Edd
5 years ago

Jon Henrik Fjällgren, the winner of Eurovision 2015!… mark my words 😉

D
D
5 years ago

A lot of MelFest newcomers, but that can definitely be a good thing. Still hoping Janet Leon returns, she was robbed in 2013 and 2014.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Great reporting, by the way, Sami. You put the details up really fast during the livestream, and stayed to fill in the info on the songwriters too 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

I’m so happy that Eric and Linus are back. But how will I pick a fave? I can’t wait to hear all the songs!

Sami Luukela
5 years ago

I’m so happy Eric is back!

roy van der merwe
roy van der merwe
5 years ago

So Eric keeps it to one word titles, MANBOY, POPULAR and now STING! Well, sweden had success with EUPHORIA, YOU and UNDO, so it seems a trend to have one word titles.

Christel Vanderheyden
Christel Vanderheyden
5 years ago

Yes, yes !!!! I knew it !!! he’s back !!!!! I’m so happy !!!! Go Eric Saade !!!!

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Yess!!! Linus is back!!!

By the way, weren’t the results for Swiss RTS voting supposed to have been released by now?

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Crossing fingers that the rumor about Linus appearing was true.