There is never a doubt- that Sweden is back on the BIG Eurovision map - with Eric Saade's Top 3 placing in Dusseldorf 2011. How will this inject new confidence in Sweden's massive Melodifestivalen search for a perfect Eurovi' tune?
The format of this competion is more or less been the same since Melodifestivalen 2002. For the first 6 years after 2002 - this worked wonderfully for sweden (apart from Martin Sternmark in 2005) each time Sweden finished in the top 8 at least at Eurovision. Then after Carola sang her wind-power schlager-smash 'Invincible' finishing in 5th place- things went all a bit wrong with 4 year's of Sweden only managing 18th or 21st placing.
Finally in 2010- for the first time Sweden became a non-qualifier for the Eurovision 2010 final in Oslo. So is this the start of a new 5 -6 year success run for the swedes? we will stay tuned to find out.
In the Swedish press this week Mr Melodifestivalen - Christer bjorkman was quoted as saying
upon the Melo search of 2012-
'We will continue to have a mix of everything that is good in popular music.
You have to find what is new, the keep up with these genres. Then we hope to find the next great new artists,
those who become the next Eric Saade'
From 1 st September until 20th September -Svt have opened up for business of
taking any new songs for next year's Melodifestivalen- plus there will be just one web joker this year. The dates & locations for semi-finals & Globen Final are --
Semifinal 1: February 4th 2012, Växjö, VIDA Arena
Semifinal 2: February 11th 2012, Göteborg, Scandinavium
Semifinal 3: February 20th 2012, Leksand, Tegera Arena
Semifinal 4: February 25th 2012, Malmö, Malmö Arena
Second Chance: March 3rd 2012, Nyköping, Rosvalla Nyköping Eventcenter
Grand Final: March 10th 2012, Stockholm, Ericsson Globe