Melodifestivalen 2020 kicks off in less than five months and now Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the dates and locations where the six Melfest shows will be held as Sweden selects its act for Eurovision 2020.
The 2020 edition of Sweden’s national final returns, with the standard Melfest tour format that sets it apart from most other national finals. Every year the semi-finals of the show are held in different cities and towns, taking the Melodifestivalen magic to smaller regional cities as well as big urban areas.
As usual, the grand final will be held at Friends Arena in Stockholm, the home of the Melfest final since 2013. This year’s final will be held on March 7th.
But before that, there are five weeks of semi-finals and the andra chansen round. This time the competition will kick off in Linköping on February 1st at the Saab Arena. Melfest has visited Linköping five times before, and last paid a visit in 2017, when the andra chansen show was hosted there.
The second semi-final will be held on February 8th at another regular location, Göteborg (Gothenburg). The show will be held in the iconic Scandinavium, which previously hosted Eurovision 1985.
The northern city of Luleå will host the third semi-final on February 15th at the Coop Norrbotten Arena. This will be only the third time the coastal city has hosted a Mello show, last hosting back in 2011.
And regular stopover Malmö will host the fourth semi-final on 22 February. The show will be held at Malmö Arena, home of Eurovision 2013.
Melodifestivalen’s iconic andra chansen round will throw a lifeline to four acts in the city of Eskilstuna. It’s the first time the city has hosted a Melfest show, but it won’t be far for acts, just a short drive from Stockholm. Andra chansen will be held in theStiga sports arena on February 29th.
And of course the four qualifying andra chansen acts will join the other finalists at grand final one week later in Stockholm.
Entries for Melodifestivalen 2020 are now open and will close in three weeks time, on September 15. It is expected that the competing acts for 2020 will be announced sometime in November.
On Saturday, P4 Nästa finalist Amanda Aasa was confirmed as the first act for Melodifestivalen 2020, after winning the wildcard entry.
Melodifestivalen 2020 – Dates and venues
1 February 2020
8 February 2020
15 February 2020
Coop Norrbotten Arena
29 February 2020
Stiga Sports Arena
7 March 2020