Melodifestivalen kicks off in little over four months and now Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the dates and locations where the six Melodifestivalen 2018 shows will be held next year.
As usual, the grand final will be held at Friends Arena in Stockholm, the home of the Melfest final since 2012. This year’s final will be held on March 10.
But before that, there are five weeks of semi-finals and the andra chansen round. This time the competition will kick off in Karlstad, where the Löfbergs Arena will host the first semi-final on February 3. Karlstad last hosted a Melfest show in 2013, when it was home to the second chance round.
The second semi-final moves south to regular location Gothenburg (Göteborg). It will be held at the Scandinavium on February 10. This makes a change from the past three years when Gothenburg hosted the first semi-final.
Next the third semi-final moves even further south to Eurovision 2013 host city Malmö. The show will take place at the usual venue Malmö Arena on February 17.
The fourth and final deltävling takes place in the small northern city of Örnsköldsvik. It last hosted a Melfest show in 2014. It will host the show at the Fjällräven Center on February 24.
And eight semi-finalists will be heading back down south for the andra chansen round in Kristianstad. It’s the first time Kristianstad will host a Melodifestivalen show. The show will be held at Kristianstad Arena on March 3. And of course, four lucky acts will be joining the other finalists at grand final one week later in Stockholm.
Entries for Melodifestivalen 2018 closed earlier this month. SVT received 2771 entries — the most since 2012. The broadcaster is currently in the midst of selecting the acts for Melfest ’18. It is expected that the competing acts will be announced some time in November.
SVT is also yet to reveal who the host or hosts for Melodifestivalen 2018 will be. Last year the show was hosted by the trio of Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson, while the year before it was hosted by Gina Diwari and a series of guest hosts.
Tickets for Melodifestivalen 2018 will go on sale on October 31.
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