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MELODIFESTIVALEN (/mɛlʊˈdiːfɛstɪvɑːlɛn/ ; literally "The Melody Festival") is an annual music competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest , and has been staged almost every year since 1959. Since 2000, the competition has been the most popular television programme in Sweden; it is also broadcast on radio and the Internet. In 2012, the semifinals averaged 3.3 million viewers, and over an estimated four million people in Sweden
Sweden
watched the final, almost half of the Swedish population.

The festival has produced six Eurovision winners and eighteen top-five placings for Sweden
Sweden
at the contest . The winner of the Melodifestival has been chosen by panels of jurors since its inception. Since 1999, the juries have been joined by a public telephone vote which has an equal influence over the final outcome. The competition makes a considerable impact on music charts in Sweden.

The introduction of semifinals in 2002 raised the potential number of contestants from around twelve to thirty-two. A children's version of the competition, Lilla Melodifestivalen , also began that year. Light orchestrated pop songs, known locally as schlager music, are so prevalent that the festival is sometimes referred to as Schlagerfestivalen ("The schlager festival") by the Swedish media . However, other styles of music such as rap , reggae , and glam rock have made an appearance since the event's expansion. The introduction of a grand final in Stockholm
Stockholm
has attracted substantial tourism to the city.

The most recent Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
winner is Robin Bengtsson who won on 11 March 2017 with the song "I Can\'t Go On ." He represented Sweden at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
in Kiev, Ukraine and placed fifth out of the 42 competing participants from across Europe.

CONTENTS

* 1 Origins * 2 Participation

* 3 Selection of contestants

* 3.1 Songs * 3.2 Artists and wildcards

* 4 Hosting

* 5 Televised rounds

* 5.1 Semifinals and Second Chance * 5.2 Final

* 6 Voting * 7 Winners

* 8 Presenters

* 8.1 Presenters who have competed at Eurovision * 8.2 Presenters who have presented the Eurovision in Sweden
Sweden

* 9 Rules * 10 Media coverage * 11 Musical styles and presentation * 12 See also * 13 Notes * 14 Bibliography * 15 References * 16 External links

ORIGINS

Main article: History of Melodifestivalen The first generic logo for Melodifestivalen, in use 2002–2010 The second generic logo for Melodifestivalen, in use 2011–2015 The third generic logo for Melodifestivalen, in use 2016-present

With seven nations competing, the first Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
took place in Lugano
Lugano
, Switzerland
Switzerland
in May 1956. Sweden's first contest was the third, in 1958. Without broadcasting a selection, Sveriges Radio (SR) chose to send Alice Babs to the contest in Hilversum. The song selected was "Samma stjärna lyser för oss två", later renamed "Lilla stjärna". It finished fourth at Eurovision on 12 March 1958.

The first Melodifestival, incorporated into the Säg det med musik radio series, took place on 29 January 1959 at Cirkus in Stockholm
Stockholm
; eight songs participated. Four "expert" juries in Stockholm
Stockholm
, Gothenburg
Gothenburg
, Malmö
Malmö
, and Luleå
Luleå
decided the winner. The competition was won by Siw Malmkvist performing "Augustin", but SR decided that the winning song—regardless of its original performer—would be performed by Brita Borg at Eurovision. This policy, of selecting the artist for Eurovision internally and having other artists perform potential Swedish entries at Melodifestivalen, was stopped in 1961. The competition became a stand-alone television programme in 1960, known as the Eurovisionschlagern, svensk final. In the event's early years, it was broadcast to Norway
Norway
and Denmark
Denmark
through the Nordvision network. The competition adopted its current name, Melodifestivalen, in 1967.

The Melodifestival has failed to be staged on three occasions. In 1964, the competition was cancelled due to an artist's strike; Sweden did not send a song to Eurovision that year. Sweden
Sweden
was absent at Eurovision for a second time in 1970 because of a Nordic boycott of the voting system, which had led to a four-way tie for first place at the 1969 contest. After SR staged the 1975 contest in Stockholm, left-wing groups argued that Sweden
Sweden
should not spend money to win and host Eurovision again. This led to mass demonstrations against commercial music and the organisation of an anti-commercial Alternativfestivalen. Therefore, Sweden
Sweden
decided not send a song to Eurovision 1976, but returned in 1977.

PARTICIPATION

Further information: List of Melodifestivalen contestants Charlotte Perrelli , the 2008 winner of Melodifestivalen, performing on Eurovision song contest
Eurovision song contest
in Belgrade
Belgrade

Hundreds of songs and performers have entered Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
since its debut. Although songwriters living outside Sweden
Sweden
were once not allowed to enter Melodifestivalen, the 2012 contest marked the first time foreign songwriters could submit entries, provided that they collaborated with a Swedish songwriter. To be eligible, songwriters and performers must be at least sixteen years of age on the day of the first Eurovision semifinal .

Until 2001, participation in the festival was limited to a single night. The number of contestants ranged from five to twelve. A two-round system was used intermittently between 1981 and 1998, in which all but five of the contestants were eliminated in a first round of voting. Failure to reach the second round under this system was seen as a major failure for a prominent artist; when Elisabeth Andreassen failed to qualify in 1984, it almost ended her career. The introduction of weekly semifinals in 2002 increased the number of contestants to thirty-two. At least ten of the contestants must perform in Swedish . A CD of each year's competing songs has been released since 2001, and a DVD
DVD
of the semifinals and final since 2003.

Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
has been the launch-pad for the success of popular local acts, such as ABBA
ABBA
, Tommy Körberg , and Lisa Nilsson . The competition has played host to performers from outside Sweden, including Baccara
Baccara
, Alannah Myles
Alannah Myles
, Katrina Leskanich
Katrina Leskanich
, and Cornelis Vreeswijk . Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
participants have also represented—and unsuccessfully tried to represent—other countries at Eurovision. While local success for Melodifestivalen winners is common, most contestants return to obscurity and few have major international success. The impact that the competition makes on the Swedish charts means an artist need not win the competition to earn significant domestic record sales. For example, the song which finished last at Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
1990, "Symfonin" by Loa Falkman , topped the Swedish singles chart. The most recent occurrence was 2016 with Samir codecs="vorbis"" data-title="Original Ogg file (150 kbps)" data-shorttitle="Ogg source" data-width="0" data-height="0" data-bandwidth="150060" /> The demo of "Alla flickor", a contestant in the 2005 festival. Pernilla Wahlgren performs here; however, the song was performed by Linda Bengtzing in the televised rounds, after a remix. "Alla flickor" finished tenth in the final. -------------------------

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SVT begins looking for songs nine months before the start of the televised Melodifestival (within days of the previous year's Eurovision final). The deadline for submission is in September and songs can be in any language. In the pre-selection, song length is limited to three minutes and twenty seconds; songs must be shortened to three minutes if they reach the final twenty-eight and qualifying songs may also be remixed.

The submission process is overseen by members of the Swedish Music Publishers Association (SMFF), whose task is to reduce the number of songs, which have numbered over 3,000 a year since 2002, to around 1,200. The 3,440 entries received in the preselection for Melodifestivalen 2009
Melodifestivalen 2009
is the most in the competition's history. The SMFF's choices are then given to a sixteen-person jury of music professionals, SVT staff and other members of the public. The jury ranges from teenagers to people in their fifties. The songs that qualify, along with their composers and lyricists, are announced at the end of September. This is often followed by fervent speculation over who will perform the songs. Songwriters that qualify must provide interviews to SVT, attend a press conference before the competition, and remain open to promotional appearances if their song reaches the final.

ARTISTS AND WILDCARDS

SVT selects performers for the entries. Artists who perform the demo of a song automatically enter the competition; they must perform their songs if suitable alternate performers cannot be found. The artists' songs risk disqualification if they refuse. In the past, this rule led to the disqualification of, among others, Carola's "När löven faller" in 2003 and Stephen Simmonds 's "So Good" in 2006. SVT may also give songs to other performers without considering the interests of the demo artist. This prevented the Brandsta City Släckers (in 2004) and Pernilla Wahlgren (in 2005) from performing the songs they had submitted. Replacements for disqualified songs fare unpredictably at the competition. In 2006, "Naughty Boy" by Hannah Graaf (the replacement for Simmonds' song) finished second to last in its semifinal. In 2002 and 2007, by contrast, the replacements performed by Jan Johansen and Måns Zelmerlöw reached the final ten. The contestants that will perform the twenty-eight qualifiers from the preselection are announced in late November. Singer-songwriters are common. As such, artists often confirm that they will participate before the official announcement.

The wildcard (joker) system was introduced in 2004 to diversify the music featured. Four artists, one in each semifinal, were invited by SVT to enter a song of their choice into the competition, provided it does not breach the rules. The wildcard songs and artists were announced in January. Since the wildcards' introduction, three have won the competition. In 2011 there were 15 wildcards. The wildcard system was discontinued in 2013.

HOSTING

The Ericsson Globe
Ericsson Globe
hosted the first of its twelve finals in 1989.

The venues for each year's Melodifestival are announced in September of the preceding year. The semifinals are held in towns and cities throughout Sweden. The 16,300-capacity Ericsson Globe
Ericsson Globe
in Stockholm
Stockholm
has hosted the final since the semifinals were introduced in 2002, through to 2012. In 2013, the final moved to the newly built Friends Arena in Solna Municipality
Solna Municipality
, Stockholm
Stockholm
County . The Scandinavium in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
was offered the 2005 final, but turned it down as it clashed with a Frölunda ice hockey match.

The event spent its early years at one venue: Cirkus in Stockholm, which hosted the first ten competitions. It has hosted the final of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
seventeen times in total. The Stockholm
Stockholm
Globe Arena has hosted seven finals, and SVT's headquarters in Stockholm
Stockholm
has staged five. The competition first took place outside Stockholm
Stockholm
in 1975 as part of a decentralisation policy at SR. Stockholm
Stockholm
has hosted thirty-seven finals in total, including the first fourteen. Gothenburg has hosted eight, and Malmö
Malmö
seven. The competition's final has never been held outside these cities. Before the expansion, the host of the previous year's Melodifestival would host the Eurovision Song Contest in the event of a Swedish victory. Hence, the 1985 Eurovision was held in Gothenburg, and the 1992 contest in Malmö. Since 2002, the only venue that has hosted more than three semifinals is Gothenburg's Scandinavium, which has hosted one every year since 2003. In 2008, Andra Chansen was held in Kiruna
Kiruna
, north of the Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle
. The finals have since 2013 been hosted in Friends Arena .

TELEVISED ROUNDS

The televised Melodifestival lasts five weeks and consists of six live shows: four semifinals, in which eight songs compete; a Second Chance round featuring songs which narrowly missed out on qualification from the semifinals; and a grand final. Ten songs comprise the final: two automatic qualifiers from each of the semifinals, and the two most popular songs in the Second Chance round. In 2015, there are seven songs for each semifinal, and twelve (eight winners and four from Andra Chansen) in the final.

SEMIFINALS AND SECOND CHANCE

Prior to the introduction of the current format of semifinals (deltävlingar) in 2002, the competition was usually a single live show. Under the current system, four semifinals are broadcast at 20:00 CET on consecutive Saturday nights. The semifinals begin in early February, and eight songs compete in each show.

Unlike in the final, no juries are used; televoting decides the results. The songs are performed live with telephone lines open for the first round of voting; two songs with least votes do not qualify to the second round. The top 5 battle for a place in the final and Andra chansen round - the 1st and 2nd placed songs qualifying to the final, and the 3rd and 4th placed songs progressing to Andra chansen. Both finalists reprise their entries at the end of the broadcast. The organisation of a semifinal system for Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
popularised televised heats at national Eurovision selections. A similar system was adopted by the Eurovision itself in 2004.

The Second Chance round (Andra chansen) is the fifth heat in which the remaining four entries to the final are chosen. The third- and fourth-placed songs from each semifinal (eight songs in total) compete in the event. The first Second Chance round in 2002 had a panel of former winners decide the two finalists. Between 2003 and 2006, the semifinal performances were re-broadcast, and a round of voting narrowed the songs to three or four. Another round then determined the two finalists. The programme was broadcast on the Sunday afternoon after the fourth semifinal. It was held in a smaller venue than those that would have hosted the semifinals—such as Berns Salonger in Stockholm, which hosted the Second Chance round in 2005.

In 2007, the Second Chance round became a full semifinal, taking place in a venue comparable in size to those hosting the others. The expanded Second Chance takes place on a Saturday night, adding an extra week to the event's timetable. The format of voting also changed with the introduction of a knock-out system. The system pairs the eight songs off against each other, then narrows them down to four before pairing them off again. The winners of the two second round pairings go through to the final. The two finalists do not reprise their songs at the end of the programme.

In 2015, the system was changed again. The eight songs are divided into four duels, with one song from each duel qualifying into the final, bringing the number of finalists to 12.

FINAL

The final takes place at 20:00 CET on a Saturday in mid-March. Twelve songs (11 songs in 2009 , 10 before 2015 ) participate: two from each semifinal, four from the Second Chance round, and, only in 2009, the international jury's choice. A running order is decided by the competition's supervisors the week before to ensure that similar songs and artists are kept apart in the final. Dress rehearsals for the final are held on the prior Friday, and tickets sell out almost as quickly as those for the final itself. The final attracts much tourism to its host city; a survey in 2006 showed that 54% of spectators had travelled from outside the host city, Stockholm. Of these, 6% had come from outside Sweden.

As at Eurovision, a broadcast of the EBU logo introduces and closes the television coverage, accompanied by the prelude to Marc-Antoine Charpentier 's setting of "Te Deum ". Video "postcards" introduce the entries. The final includes interval performances, which are performed while the juries deliberate and before the televote closes. Former Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
contestants have performed as interval acts in the past, including Lena Philipsson in 2005 and the multi-artist medley of former entries in 2000.

The winner receives a trophy, Den stora Sångfågeln (The Great Songbird), from the previous year's winner. The trophy, designed by Ernst Billgren , was unveiled in 2005 and awarded to all previous Melodifestivalen winners at the Alla tiders Melodifestival gala in March of that year. The winner of the competition reprises their song at the end of the event.

VOTING

Main article: Voting at Melodifestivalen Ulf Elfving announcing the votes of the Stockholm
Stockholm
jury at the 2005 final. The points scored by each entry are shown on a graphic scoreboard.

Before the introduction of the current voting system in 1999, a group of regional or age-based juries decided the winner of Melodifestivalen. In 1993, televoting was used experimentally, but proved unsuccessful. The Swedish telephone network collapsed due to the number of calls, and claims by the Swedish tabloid press suggested the use of televoting had drastically altered the results. Evening newspapers released what they claimed to be the back-up juries' votes, which showed that the winner, Arvingarna
Arvingarna
's "Eloise ", would have finished fourth had the juries' votes counted. SVT never confirmed the accuracy of these claims. SVT has eleven regional news districts, which have been represented by a jury in the final of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
in past editions.

The current voting format introduced in 1999 is a positional voting system , similar to that used at the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
. The voting is made up of two segments, in the first of which juries announce their votes; in the second segment the televoting result is announced. The total value of votes has usually been 2 x 473 points, which means that televotes and juries have an equal 50/50 weighing in the final result. The juries, usually 11, have represented either Swedish regions or, since 2010, countries participating in the year's Eurovision Song Contest. Each jury award 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 points to their top seven songs. After the jury voting, the televoting result is revealed by the hosts in ascending order. Between 1999 and 2011, the televoting points were fixed; the top seven songs would receive 11, 22, 44, 66, 88, 110 and 132 points. Starting in 2011, televoting points are given to each entry based on its percentage of total vote. If an entry receives 10% of the televotes it will be equivalent to 10% of 473 points, i.e. 48 points. The song with the highest number of points at the end of the voting is the winner.

Telephone lines open immediately after the radio preview for the final and do not close until the juries have voted. Two telephone numbers are used for each song, giving voters the option of whether to donate money to SVT's Radiohjälpen charity appeal or not as they vote. Viewers can also vote by text message , and only residents of Sweden
Sweden
can vote.

The votes of the juries are announced by spokespeople who are not members of the juries. The votes are read in ascending order, beginning with one point and finishing with twelve. When read, they are repeated by the host, for example:

Spokesperson: "Ett poäng till melodi nummer två." (One point to song number two.) Presenter: Ett poäng till (name song)." (One point to (name song).)

Since 2012, most spokespeople have announced the points in English, with the hosts repeating them in Swedish.

As the votes are announced, they are collated on a graphic scoreboard. SVT varies the way the jury votes are announced from year to year. For example, the finalists of Expedition: Robinson acted as spokespeople in 2004, and in 2006 Fredrik Lindström announced jury tallies using the dialects of each region. The final of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
has broken Nordic voting records on several occasions; in 2007, voting figures exceeded two million for the first time.

If there is a tie, the song that has received more votes from the public receives the higher position. There have been two ties for first place in the history of the contest. In 1969, Tommy Körberg tied for first place with Jan Malmsjö . The juries them voted for their favourite out the two, leading to Tommy Körberg winning. In 1978, Björn Skifs tied for first place with Lasse Holm and Wizex (performing together); a similar tie-break process resulting in Skifs winning.

WINNERS

Main article: Melodifestivalen winners

Fifty-five of Sweden's fifty-six Eurovision representatives have come from Melodifestivalen. Sweden
Sweden
has won the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
six times: in 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and 2015. Sweden
Sweden
has the second highest number of wins for a country at Eurovision; only Ireland has won the contest more often. The 1974 Eurovision winner, ABBA's "Waterloo ", was voted the most popular Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
song of all time at the Alla tiders Melodifestival gala in March 2005. Later that year, it was voted most popular Eurovision song of the contest's first fifty years at a gala in Copenhagen. The following table lists those entries which finished fifth or higher at Eurovision:

YEAR SONG ARTIST POSITION IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

1958 " Lilla stjärna " Alice Babs 4th

1966 " Nygammal vals " Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson 2nd

1968 " Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej " Claes-Göran Hederström
Claes-Göran Hederström
5th

1973 "Sommaren som aldrig säger nej " Malta 5th (as "You\'re Summer ")

1974 "Waterloo " ABBA
ABBA
1st

1983 "Främling " Carola Häggkvist 3rd

1984 " Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley " Herreys 1st

1985 "Bra vibrationer " Kikki Danielsson
Kikki Danielsson
3rd

1986 "E\' de\' det här du kallar kärlek? " Lasse Holm "> Hosts Christine Meltzer and Måns Zelmerlöw during the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2010 in Sandviken . Petra Mede , during the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
2009 in Tegera Arena , Leksand . Presenters of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
2017 : David Lindgren , Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson
Hasse Andersson
.

YEAR PRESENTER(S)

1959 Thore Ehrling

1960 Jeannette von Heidenstam

1961 Jeannette von Heidenstam

1962 Bengt Feldreich

1963 Sven Lindahl

1965 Birgitta Sandstedt

1966 Sven Lindahl

1967 Maud Husberg

1968 Magnus Banck

1969 Pekka Langer

1971 Lennart Hyland

1972 Gunilla Marcus

1973 Alicia Lundberg

1974 Johan Sandström

1975 Karin Falck

1977 Ulf Elfving

1978 Ulf Elfving

1979 Ulf Elfving

1980 Bengt Bedrup

1981 Janne Loffe Carlsson

1982 Fredrik Belfrage

1983 Bibi Johns

1984 Fredrik Belfrage

1985 Eva Andersson

1986 Lennart Swahn and Tommy Engstrand

1987 Fredrik Belfrage

1988 Bengt Grafström

1989 Yvonne Ryding Bergqvist and John Chrispinsson

1990 Carin Hjulström

1991 Harald Treutiger

1992 Adde Malmberg and Claes Malmberg

1993 Triple & Touch

1994 Kattis Ahlström and Sven Melander

1995 Pernilla Månsson Colt

1996 Pontus Gårdinger and Siw Malmkvist

1997 Jan Jingryd

1998 Pernilla Månsson Colt and Magnus Karlsson

1999 Anders Lundin and Vendela Kirsebom Thommesen

2000 Carola Häggkvist , Lotta Engberg
Lotta Engberg
, Lena Philipsson Loa Falkman , Tommy Körberg , Elisabeth Andreassen
Elisabeth Andreassen
Arja Saijonmaa , Lasse Berghagen
Lasse Berghagen
, Lasse Holm , Björn Skifs

2001 Josefine Sundström and Henrik Olsson

2002 Kristin Kaspersen and Claes Åkesson

2003 Mark Levengood and Jonas Gardell

2004 Charlotte Perrelli , Ola Lindholm and Peter Settman (Semi Finals & Final) Liza Marklund , Elin "Grynet" Ek and Henrik Johnsson (Second Chance)

2005 Alexandra Pascalidou and Shan Atçi (Semi Final 1) Henrik Schyffert and Erik Haag (Semi Final 2) Johanna Westman and Markoolio (Semi Final 3) Kayo and Micke Leijnegard (Semi Final 4) Annika Jankell (Second Chance) Jill Johnson and Mark Levengood (Final)

2006 Lena Philipsson (Semi Finals human voices were not allowed on backing tracks. However, from 2009, the number of performers allowed on stage was eight, and voices were allowed on backing tracks. A live orchestra was used every year from the event's debut to 2000, except 1985 and 1986. Two orchestras were used between 1960 and 1963, a large orchestra and Göte Wilhelmsons kvartett, a jazz quartet. Since 2001, participants have performed to backing tracks .

Entries cannot be publicly broadcast until the semifinals are previewed on radio. Entries eliminated in the semifinals may be broadcast as soon as the semifinal has finished. An embargo is placed on songs that qualify for the later rounds until the previews for the Second Chance are broadcast. After this, restrictions on the broadcast of contestant songs are lifted.

Broadcasters sometimes make sweeping changes to winning songs before they go to Eurovision. For example, at Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
1961, Siw Malmkvist won with "April, April". Performing after her victory, she stumbled on the lyrics of the song and laughed out loud. The press criticised this as childish. SR replaced her with Lill-Babs for the Eurovision Song Contest. The 1987 winner "Fyra bugg och en Coca Cola ", performed by Lotta Engberg
Lotta Engberg
, is another example; the song's title was changed to "Boogaloo" for Eurovision, as use of a brand name was against the Contest's rules. This name was chosen as Sweden's two previous Eurovision winners had also included the suffix "-loo".

Until 1999, competing songs were only permitted in Swedish, apart from 1965, 1973, 1974, 1975. This did not stop most winning entries recording English (and other language) versions of their songs. Since the abolition of Eurovision's language restrictions in 1999, regardless of the performance language at Melodifestivalen, every Swedish entry has been in English. Spanish, French, Greek , Italian , Portuguese , Bosnian and Persian are among the other languages to have featured. Cameron Cartio 's entry in Melodifestivalen 2005 was performed in a constructed language .

MEDIA COVERAGE

Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
is broadcast on television, radio and the internet. It is broadcast on SVT1 with international coverage on SVT World . Until 1987, the competition was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV, later known as TV1. Between 1988 and 2000, the event was broadcast on different channels depending on where it was held. Finals in Stockholm were broadcast on Kanal 1 (formerly TV1) while finals in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
or Malmö
Malmö
were broadcast on TV2 . Sveriges Radio has broadcast the event on P1 , P3 and P4 , where is currently broadcast.

Although the final is traditionally held on a Saturday, in 1990 it was held on a Friday. TV2 suggested this would attract more viewers. In 1991, it was held on Easter
Easter
Sunday for the same reason. The 2002 final was delayed by a week for coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics
.

The competition has had an official website since 1999. Webcasts have been provided since 2005. Since 2006, between February and the Eurovision final in May, SR has webcast a radio station dedicated to the competition called P4 Melodifest. On P4, the public previews semifinalists every Friday. Broadcast the night after the final, a dagen efter ("the day after") television programme acts as an epilogue to the event. It gauges the reactions of the finalists after the competition's climax. No commentary is given for the event on television. Carolina Norén is commentator on the event for Sveriges Radio . The festival has been broadcast in widescreen since 2002 and Dolby Digital since 2004.

The competition's viewing figures have been rising since 2002. In 2007, approximately 4.1 million Swedes—almost 44% of the country's population—watched the final, and between 2.9 million and 3.2 million viewers watched each of the semifinals. The viewing figures for the 2007 festival are nearly two million short of the highest recorded viewing figures from 1990. Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
is given heavy coverage in the Swedish press. A study by the Economic Science and Communication Department at Karlstad University concluded that coverage from the press may have influenced the results of the 2007 festival.

MUSICAL STYLES AND PRESENTATION

Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson " Nygammal vals (hip man svinaherde)" (1966) The winner of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
1966, typical of the jazz style popular at the competition in the 1960s. Lindfors and Thuresson sing of a meeting between a "hip pig breeder" and "a princess, a proud maiden". ------------------------- Kikki Danielsson
Kikki Danielsson
"Bra vibrationer" (1985) Winner of the 1985 competition. This up-tempo schlager song is typical of Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
entries in the 1980s. The song is about the "good vibrations" brought to the singer by her lover. -------------------------

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Melodifestivalen's image has evolved throughout its existence, but one word has defined the competition's music: schlager . In Sweden, schlager (a German word literally meaning a "hit") represents any song associated with the competition, from the jazz music featured heavily in the 1960s to entries such as Linda Bengtzing 's in 2006. Christine Demsteader of The Local described Swedish schlager as "typically characterized by an annoyingly repetitive melody and trivial lyrics of little or no meaning".

Jazz artists such as Monica Zetterlund and Östen Warnerbring won the event in the 1960s. ABBA
ABBA
, who won Eurovision in 1974, went on to be Sweden's most successful music export. The group influenced not only Melodifestivalen, but the entire Swedish mainstream music scene. In the 1980s, Bert Karlsson 's Mariann Grammofon record label was responsible for the prevalence of "easy, memorable tunes". The early twenty-first century has seen more variety in the competition, such as Afro-dite 's 2002 disco winner and The Ark's 2007 "retro glam rock" effort.

On-stage gimmicks have long been a part of performances at the competition. Lena Philipsson 's use of a microphone stand in her performance of " Det gör ont " at the 2004 competition is an example. When Philipsson hosted Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
in 2006, four tongue-in-cheek short films were broadcast during the semifinals to show what had happened to the microphone stand in the years since her win. Pyrotechnics
Pyrotechnics
are another common gimmick in Melodifestivalen performances. After the 2007 event, Karolina Lassbo of Dagens Media criticised the festival's musical content and production, arguing that the 1988 competition was "the time when Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
was still a schlager competition" and the event had become "a cross between Fame Factory and Stadskampen".

SEE ALSO

* Eurovision portal

* Lilla Melodifestivalen * List of historic rock festivals
List of historic rock festivals
* Melodi Grand Prix * Dansk Melodi Grand Prix * Eesti Laul * Sanremo Music Festival
Sanremo Music Festival
* Golden Stag * Turkvision Song Contest * Sweden
Sweden
in the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
* Marcel Bezençon Awards - Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
Winners section

NOTES

* ^ Also referred to as the Melodifestival, and incorrectly as the Melodifestivalen. The plural is Melodifestivaler. * ^ Translated by SVT as The Swedish Eurovision Song Contest. * ^ Sveriges Radio controlled Swedish public service television and radio until 1 July 1979, when SVT was created. * ^ In 2002 and 2003 only the top four songs went through to the second voting round. * ^ The band changed its name to Nova for Eurovision.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen
Melodifestivalen
genom tiderna (1999, second edition 2006). Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2 .

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