Entries for Melodifestivalen 2019 don’t open until the end of the month, but we’re already one step closer to discovering the first confirmed artist. Sverigesradio has announced the eight finalists who will compete in P4 Nästa later this month.
The contest is run by Swedish Radio P4 and aims to find new artists and new music suited to the station format. The eight finalists were selected from 25 nominees representing the regional P4 stations.
The eight acts who will compete on August 25 at the P4 Nästa grand final are:
- Amandine X – “Beautiful Mess”
- Beside the Bridge – “Cool Kid”
- Ewelina Westin – “Fading light”
- Jahr – “Magic”
- Josias Andersson – “En kort sekund” (A short second)
- Patricia Birgersson – “Här och nu” (Here and now)
- Spring City – “Back on our streets”
- The Lovers of Valdaro – “Lost forever”
Since 2012, the contest has also given one act a place in the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen. The ticket originally went to the overall Nästa winner, but since 2015, it has been determined separately by the competition jury.
The adult radio favourites of Nästa haven’t always been a good match for the bright television aesthetic of Mello.
The Nästa acts with the best results at Melfest were Terese Fredenwall with “Breaking the Silence” in 2012 and Smilo with “Weight of the World” in 2015. Both acts each placed fifth in their respective semi-final, and both narrowly missed out on Andra Chansen.
Last year’s Melfest pick Stiko Per Larsson — who also won P4 Nästa 2017 — only placed sixth in his semi-final at Melodifestivalen 2018.
As the P4 Nästa final takes places before the 1 September release deadline for Eurovision songs, the winner of the Melodifestivalen wildcard must enter Melfest with a new song.
The grand final of P4 Nästa 2018 will take place on August 25 in Linköping. Also performing at the final will be former Melodifestivalen winners Benjamin Ingrosso and Anna Bergendahl, as well as last year’s P4 Nästa winner Stiko Per Larsson.
P4 Nästa 2018 finalists
Amandine X – “Beautiful Mess”
Beside the Bridge – “Cool kid”
Ewelina Westin – “Fading light”
Jahr – “Magic”
Josias Andersson – “En kort sekund”
Patricia Birgersson – “Här och nu”
Spring City – “Back on our streets”
The Lovers of Valdaro – “Lost forever”
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