It's time for three nordic participants of the Eurovision Song Contest to start their national selections of 2016. Tonight the broadcasters of Sweden, Finland and Iceland will hold the first semi-finals of Melodifestivalen, UMK and Söngvakeppnin. More info on the participants for each show and how to watch them in the slide below:
Semi-final 1, Gothenburg
Hosted by Gina Dirawi & Petra Mede. Participants in order of appearance:
Samir & Viktor - Bada nakna
Pernilla Andersson - Mitt guld
Mimi Werner - Ain’t No Good
Albin & Mattias Andréasson - Rik
Robin Bengtsson - Constellation Price
Ace Wilder - Don’t Worry
Earlier this week, after excerpts of the participating songs were made public, one of the participating songs was disqualified because of a breach of the rule that state that songs cannot have been published before September 2015. The following song had already been entered, in English, for the Moldovan Eurovision selection in 2014 and published online by the broadcaster TRM:
Anna Book - Himmel för två written by Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lennart Wastesson, Larry Forsberg and Camilla Läckberg.
Even though it will not compete, Anna will perform her song in the show.
The top two songs in the semi-final, chosen by televoting and app voting, will qualify for the final on the 12th of March. The third and fourth placed songs will go to the second chance round Andra Chansen.