Frans won Melodifestivalen in 2016
Frans won Melodifestivalen in 2016 Photo: SVT

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2017 dates and host cities announced

Swedish national broadcaster SVT has announced the 2017 dates and cities of Melodifestivalen, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The final will take place in Stockholm on Saturday 11 March. The winner will represent Sweden in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden's Frans finished in 5th place in 2016.

Melodifestivalen has become the largest national selection in Europe since the current format was launched in 2002.  "It's always fun to come back to the cities that choose to be hosts again. They know what it means and are excited to stage the shows and raise the bar yet another notch" said Anette Helenius, project manager for Melodifestivalen.

The shows

Semi-Final 1: Saturday 4th February - Gothenburg, Scandinavium

Semi-Final 2: Saturday 11th February - Malmö, Malmö Arena

Semi-Final 3: Saturday 18th February - Växjö, Vida Arena

Semi-Final 4: Saturday 25th February - Skellefteå, Kraft Arena

Second Chance: Saturday 4th March - Linköping, SAAB Arena

Final: Saturday 11th March - Stockholm, Friends Arena

In recent years Sweden has fared well in the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving four top five placings in the last five years, including two victories in 2012 and 2015. 

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