The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 is due to take place in just over two weeks. And with it comes the news that this year Swedish broadcaster SVT will launch a Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame. The honour will celebrate the all-time great moments of the broadcaster’s flagship song contest.

Six decades after the contest was launched in 1959, SVT will look back at the most memorable moments of previous editions of Melodifestivalen. And the Hall isn’t just open to singers. SVT says that any memorable achievement — such as choreography — can be nominated for the Hall.

Melodifestivalen senior producer Christer Björkman says that the Hall of Fame is a way of honouring the festival’s history. He explained, “The winners are not always remembered in the festival’s history. There is so much else we want to honour.”

The Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame will be launched at the Melodifestivalen 2020 andra chansen show on 29 February. There, in a special extended show, Swedish viewers will be introduced to the inaugural 48 honorees who will be inducted into the hall. Their Mello moments will be presented during the show in different ways, suggesting a mix of live performances and video flashbacks.

Among the 48 will be Sweden’s previous Eurovision winners, as they all automatically get a place in the hall. This means that ABBA, Herreys, Carola, Charlotte Perrelli, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw will be among that first group.

The 48 were chosen by the Melodifestivalen management team: Christer Björkman, Karin Gunnarsson, Anette Helenius and Christel Tholse Willers. Their picks were guided by recent a audience survey made on the Melodifestivalen app.

In subsequent years, a jury will select 18 nominees to be considered for the Hall each year, across the entire Melfest history. Melodifestivalen viewers will vote and the top six nominees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame that year.

All people inducted into the hall will receive a Guldstjärna — gold star — trophy. The trophy is inspired by the rays of a star and is said to represent combined efforts forming a whole.

At the moment the Hall of Fame is only figurative, but Christer Björkman says that they would eventually like to have a physical space.

Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

Nominated moments must have happened at least ten years ago. SVT says this is to ensure that the experience has made “a lasting impression in the collective memory”.

This means that modern Melodifestivalen moments like Eric Saade’s “Popular” glass smash, Robin Stjernberg’s surprise win — or indeed Samir & Viktor’s shirtless paddling pool romp — won’t be eligible yet. But anything prior to this is a possibility.

SVT wants moments that have “aroused emotions, been innovative, have originality but above all have a broad and lasting impact.”

But despite all these stipulations, the broadcaster also says there can be exceptions to these rules. The jury may nominate an act if they decide it has been unforgettable in other ways.

The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 begins on Saturday 1 February.

What do you think? Who else should be inducted into the Hall of Fame? What moments would you like to see honoured? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Rasmus

I Will not post anything anymore. Its really sad to read so much hate everytime . I have had it. I Will watch melfest as i always do and enjoy it without Reading comments from jealous, depressed brats Who never have anything nice to say. Its poison to your brain. Bye

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Nobody will miss your hate to other countries and bullying to others for not liking Sweden. Kk bye

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Your an total idiot so will NOT miss people like you either.

Davve
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Davve

There are sooo much jealousy towards Sweden

Jonas
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Jonas

Lena Philipsson and her microphone stand.

Denis
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Denis

Tingaling for sure. The interval act of 2000 MF maybe too. Brandsta City Släckers and the famous “brandsta klapp”. Three recent things that should be there..

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

Tingaling 2009 would get my vote. Carola’s victory speech 83 also comes to mind.

Peter
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Peter

Christer Björkman of course!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I feel your swedish because your negative all the time. And as a swede myself i know that swedes are often like you. ps Its his work. Quit your work first then complain on his

esc1234
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esc1234

Literally in a post about North Macedonia you said that all Greeks are crazy and Turks and you dare to say that someone else has a negative energy? Please benny, grow up

Kris
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Kris

Is rasmus 10 yrs old yet ?

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Again with the ageism.

Kris
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Kris

That’s the limit to be inducted duh ! It’s to be older than 10 yrs

Esc1234
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Esc1234

He is just dumb

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I like to love and not hate. You are the opposite. Good luck with that

jack
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jack

yeah, love anyone who votes sweden and hate balkan countries and Poland.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

im over 25 and i dont respond to people who sucks all the positvie energy out of people like you do.

Kris
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Kris

I don’t know if this was directed at me ! But if you read your own comment you would probably agree that you just disproved your own statement.

P. G. A.
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P. G. A.

Sweden and her good company peeps can eat a cold meatball. Ring-Ring … hey there CHEATERS! How do you live with yourselves living those broken vows and lies…

Rasmus
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Rasmus

How can you hate a person and a country you dont know? You are a very negaive person i feel. Good luck with that

Davve
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Davve

That is some BS if ai ever heard it.. lol

Esc1234
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Esc1234

I hope they reserve a space for Rasmus, his dedication on loving everything about Melodifestivalen is hilarious

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I bet your friends have said more then one time to you that you suck the positviue energy out of them. You do so good luck with that.

esc1234
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esc1234

I bet your friends have said more than one time that you should realize that not everything sweden does in eurovision is great. You dont do that so good luck with that Bjorn

Mr Vanilla Bean
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I am very happy for Rasmus. 🙂

Rasmus
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Rasmus

why? Havent you read the commente here? The people suck all the fun out of Melfest with their hate and poison comments. Its not fun at all to read swedish articles anymore, Its always hate, hate, hate

Davve
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Davve

Great!

Vrede
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Vrede

Kamferdrops better get that golden star, honey!

Tom
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Tom

BtW they could compete and save MGP in Norway instead ….

Joe
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Joe

Nifty idea. I guess Loreen and Måns get passes since they won?