Melodifestivalen is Sweden's favourite televised talent competition
Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest several times and much of that credit is owed to the national contest that determines who represents the nation in the popular competition. Melodifestivalen has been a Swedish treasure and its most popular song contest since 1959, so reserve your seats while there's still time. Melodifestivalen tickets are ready now to buy or sell via StubHub.
An inside look at the Melody Festival
Melodifestivalen, or Melody Festival, was originally organised by public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR) to promote and showcase musical talent as well as determine Eurovision representation. The first Melodifestivalen was controversial because the Eurovision representative had already been pre-selected, regardless of the festival's winner, and this unpopular practice was discontinued in 1961. The format has undergone significant changes over the course of its history, from name changes (Melodifestivalen was adopted in 1967) to having weekly semi-finalists, which increased participation from 12 to 32, and the introduction of semi-finals in 2002. There are four semi-final rounds that take place at several venues, including Malmö Arena, Scandinavium and Sparbanken Lidköping Arena, and a Second Chance round, where contestants are judged and scored by juries and the public to select the 12 who go on to the grand finale. The televised semi-finals occur on consecutive Sunday nights in February and regularly average in the millions in terms of viewership, however, you can watch the contestants live by securing your Melodifestivalen tickets, which are available now for purchase or sale via StubHub.
Reserve your seats for Melodifestivalen grand final
The grand final of the Melody Festival occurs in March and has been held at the Friends Arena since 2013, when it took over hosting duties from the Ericsson Globe and is one of the most sought-after tickets to a live event anywhere in Sweden. The semi-finals and the finalists are judged using the same 'positional voting' scoring system in use at the Eurovision Song Contest, which gives contestants a preview of what they can expect if they are lucky enough to be chosen. There have been several foreign entrants at Melodifestivalen, such as Baccara and Alannah Myles, and participants need not win the contest in order to go on to successful recording careers as Myles can attest. Unfortunately, while many of the Melody Festival winners make a splash on the local Swedish charts, very few of them ever gain international stardom, ABBA being the most obvious exception to that long list. Regardless, the competition attracts spectators from all over the world and is a significant cultural treasure. Melodifestivalen tickets are ready now to buy or sell via StubHub.
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