In 2013 Sweden has the honour of organizing the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö and the hard task of finding the successor of Loreen and this year's winner Euphoria through Melodifestivalen, their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest and the top TV show in the country as well.
For six weeks next winter the Melodifestivalen tour will travel all around Sweden:
Semi-Final 1: 2nd of February in Karlskrona's Telenor Arena
Semi-Final 2: the 9th of February in Gothenburg's Scandinavium
Semi-Final 3: the 16th of February in Skellefteå Kraft Arena
Semi-Final 4: the 23rd of February in Malmö Arena
Second Chance round: the 2nd of March in Karlstad's Lofbergslila Arena
Final: the 9th of March in Stockholm's Friends Arena
According to the Project Manager of Melodifestivalen 2013, Maria Ilstedt "we are very excited about 2013 geographic spread of cities, from Karlskrona in the South to Skellefteå in the North. This places and venues have the capacity and knowledge needed to manage both the arena and television productions for Melodifestivalen. We look forward to work with them and create a party for both the audience attending and the TV viewers".
The 17th of September 2012 is the deadline for the composers and authors of Sweden to upload their audio files on SVT's website.