Full versions of three of the songs from Melodifestivalen 2018 have leaked hours ahead of the live broadcast of semi-final 3. Entries from Jessica Andersson, Barbi Escobar and Dotter have all been leaked online.
Screengrabs below show links to three-minute versions of both “Stark” and “Cry”, which have since been deleted.
All three leaks happened without the knowledge of the record label concerned Warner Music Sweden, which responding to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet‘s request for information about the leak of “Party Voice” said: “We are not aware of this, and are trying to find out more information.”
“Party Voice” leaked through an app “Mega” and similar to “Cry” and “Stark” was also shared in a forum. Under Melodifestiavlen rules songs cannot be shared in their entirety before performance during the semi-finals.
SVT have been quick to respond to the leak of Jessica’s song, stating that she does not face disqualification, as the song was leaked unintentionally. It’s a similar situation to two years ago, when Molly Sandén’s song “Youniverse” was accidentally released through Amazon two weeks ahead of her semi-final.
This is the second scandal to rock Melodifestivalen this year, after it emerged Semi-Final 1 act Kamferdrops’ song “Solen lever kvar hos dig” had been available online performed by a different artist since 2009.
Despite the potentially damaging leak, Jessica is determined to fight on and make her “Party Voice” heard tonight from Malmö.
Camilla Bjering von Zweigbergk from Warner Music Sweden said she never feared being disqualified from the competition, “Jessica feels excellent and is preparing for tonight.”
In different circumstances, fellow schlager siren Anna Book was barred from the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2016, when it emerged that her track “Himmel för två” had in fact participated in Moldova’s Eurovision Song Contest pre-selection in 2014. In an even more curious twist of fate, Book was also a Warner Music artist.