Melodifestivalen 2009


It’s only two weeks to go before Melodifestivalen kicks off with the first semi-final on 7 February 2009. Melodifestivalen is a contest designed to select Sweden’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

My friend Patrick has let me know that the Melodifestivalen website has been updated with information in English. SVT (the Swedish television network that puts on Melodifestivalen) obviously realises that there are a lot of non-Swedish people all around the world who follow the show with great interest.

To find out about all the artists taking part, click here.

To read the FAQ that explains the new rules, click here.

If you understand Swedish or are just feeling adventurous, click here.

Sweden takes Melodifestivalen and Eurovision seriously so there are many top notch artists and songwriters taking part. It is always a treasure trove of good Swedish pop and I always follow it with great interest.

2 Responses to “Melodifestivalen 2009”

  1. January 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    The only thing I am unhappy about the Eurovision Song Contest is that the use of English, in the Eurovision Song Contest increases year by year.

    As a native English speaker I think this is unfair!

    It’s certainly time to break the habit of “language imperialism”, in the Eurovision Song Contest, and use a song, sung in Esperanto instead!

    This is a serious suggestion, as you can see from the Esperanto music which is already available at http://www.vinilkosmo.com/?prs=listen or at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

    There’s even cheesy Esperanto music available! See http://www.ipernity.com/home/56084

  2. March 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Despite being unimpressed with the Swedish entries the last several years, I was very happy to see Malena Ernman win this year’s edition of Melodifestivalen! I simply love that song!

    Who knows, maybe it will not fare as well in the ESC as I should like, but at least I cannot complain about the song we will enter with.

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