Two wins and four top-five places this decade, and six first places overall: Sweden is Eurovision royalty. But why does the Scandinavian nation so regularly hit the perfect Song Contest note? Here’s your chance to find out.
In Sweden, picking a representative for the Eurovision Song Contest is not just done on a whim.
Melodifestivalen, which stretches out over two months and 18 live shows, is arguably as much a part of the Swedish calendar as Christmas or Midsummer.
The shows, which tour the country in the weeks leading up to a public vote to pick the country’s Eurovision entry, have a predilection for spectacular stages and catchy pop – much like the main event.
Fans can attend a number of live tour shows or one of the five heats, including the best runner-up heat. The final itself will be held in Solna, Stockholm, on March 9th – one song will triumph and the eleven other hopefuls will meet their Waterloo.
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