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Sweden: All you need to know about the Melodifestivalen final

10 March 2023 at 10:00 CET
Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs at the Second Semi-Final in Turin EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
Saturday night sees Sweden's 'Melodifestivalen' complete its six-week run, with the country ready to choose its song for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

HOW TO WATCH: The grand final of 'Melodifestivalen' 2023 is happening on Saturday 11 March. In Sweden, the show airs on SVT1. Anyone outside of Sweden can stream the show live via SVTPlay. SVT are also offering international viewers an option to watch with English commentary. The show starts at 20:00 CET.

The 12 finalists of Melodifestivalen 2023 SVT / Alma Bengtsson

After 4 weeks of heats and last week's semi-final round, Sweden's Melodifestivalen draws to its much-anticipated conclusion on Saturday night. 

Throughout these 6 weeks, 8 finalists have come from the round of heats, with another 4 progressing to the final from the semi final - meaning we can look forward to watching 12 finalists chosen by the Swedish public, now compete to become Sweden's next entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.  

A majority share of the Swedish TV viewing public is expected to tune in to Saturday night's final. Most of the songs have been taking up residency near the top of the Swedish charts these last couple of weeks, with a lot of them also having impacted the radio airplay chart, too. 

With that in mind, and with many viewers no doubt having their own personal favourites by now, it's expected to be a closely-fought battle for the Melodifestivalen trophy. But the Swedish public won't be the only ones voting!

As is tradition by now at the Melodifestivalen final, voting will also be coming from a selection of international juries. Just like at the Eurovision Song Contest, juries will be watching the Friday night run-through of the Grand Final, with each of them scoring the 12 entries. The points from the international juries will account for 50% of the final score on Saturday night, with the rest coming from the public vote. 

The 8 countries voting on Saturday night's final are: Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Latvia, Spain, Germany, Austria and Malta.

As with the previous 5 shows of Melodifestivalen 2023, our presenters for the final will be Farrah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl. The show will be coming to us from Friends Arena in Solna, just north of Stockholm. 

The winner of Melodifestivalen will follow 2022's winner Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jakobs, which gave Sweden a 4th-place finish at the Grand Final in Turin. 

Sweden will perform in the First Semi-Final at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Songs

Here are the 12 songs which are competing to represent Sweden at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. This is the order that they'll be performed in at the Melodifestivalen final on Saturday night. 

Jon Henrik Fjällgren & Arc North feat. Adam Woods – Where You Are (Sávežan)

Tone Sekelius – Rhythm of My Show

Mariette – One Day

Marcus & Martinus – Air

Panetoz – On My Way

Maria Sur – Never Give Up

Smash Into Pieces – Six Feet Under

Kiana – Where Did You Go

Nordman – Släpp Alla Sorger

Loreen –  Tattoo

THEOZ –  Mer Av Dig

Paul Rey – Royals

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