First Melodifestivalen 2013 artists announced

First Melodifestivalen 2013 artists announced
The artists that will participate in the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen. Photo: Carl-Johan Söder (SVT)
Stockholm, Sweden -

A press conference hosted by the Swedish Broadcaster, SVT, just took place in Stockholm today to introduce the artists that will take part in the first two semi-finals of their popular national selection Melodifestivalen in 2013 in Karlskrona and Gothenburg. The titles and composers of their songs were also revealed.

The list this year includes some familiar names, as usual, but also many debutants in the competition. Some of them are experienced artists but also a few newcomers are in the list.

First semi-final

The line-up, in alphabetical order of title, for the first semi-final which will take place on the 2nd of February in Karlskrona looks like this (composers & authors in brackets):

  • Cookies N Beans - Burning Flags (Fredrik Kempe)
  • Marie N'Diaye - Gosa (Johan Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå & Mary N’diaye)
  • YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel (Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson, Henrik Göranson, YOHIO)
  • Jay-Jay Johanson - Paris (Jay-Jay Johanson)
  • Anna Järvinen - Porslin (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
  • David Lindgren - Skyline (Fernando Fuentes, Henrik Nordenback, Christian Fast)
  • Eric Gadd - Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Förlora (Eric Gadd, Thomas Stenström, Jacob Olofsson)
  • Michael Feiner & Caisa - We’re Still Kids (Michael Feiner, Caisa Ahlroth)

Second semi-final

The second semi-final will take place on the 9th of February in Gothenburg and will feature the following line-up:

  • Joacim Cans - Annelie (Joacim Cans)
  • Anton Ewald - Begging (Fredrik Kempe, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad)
  • Sean Banan - Copacabanana (Sean Banan, Ola Lindholm, Hans Blomberg, Joakim Larsson)
  • Rikard Wolff - En Förlorad Sommar (Tomas Andersson Wij)
  • Erik Segerstedt & Tone Damli - Hello Goodbye (Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson, Måns Zelmerlöw)
  • Felicia Olsson - Make Me No 1 (Amir Aly, Henrik Wikström, Ingela Pling Forsman, Maria Haukaas Mittet)
  • Pernilla Wahlgren, Hanna Hedlund & Jenny Silver - On Top Of The World (Peter Boström, Thomas G:son)
  • Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream (Louise Hoffsten, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn)

Cookies N Beans took part in 2009 with the song What If. The composer of their song, Fredrik Kempe has won Melodifestivalen (MF) in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Porslin was retired from the competition last year, but Anna Järvinen brings it back this time. David Lindgren made his MF debut last year placing 3rd with Shout It Out. Michael Feiner is one half of The Attic, which participated in 2007 and are also the authors of the MF signature theme.

Anton Ewald has been a backing singer and dancer in Melodifestivalen before with next year's host Danny Saucedo and with Andreas Lundstedt. Sean Banan took part last year narrowly missing the final. Erik Segerstedt is the "E" in E.M.D. who came third in MF 2009 with Baby Goodbye and will duet with Norwegian popstar Tone Damli who came second in MGP 2009 in her native Norway only behind Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak.

Felicia Olsson's track is written by veterans Henrik Wikström and Ingela "Pling" Forsman and also by the 2008 Norwegian performer at the Eurovision Song Contest, Maria Haukaas. A special trio comprising three veterans of MF: Pernilla Wahlgren, Hanna Hedlund and Jenny Silver will perform On Top Of The World, by the authors of Euphoria. Composers Sandra Bjurman and Stefan Örn also won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with Running Scared as well as wrote Azerbaijan's entries in 2010 and 2012.

As the winner in 2012, Sweden organizes the Eurovision Song Contest next May in Malmö, but before they will pick their own entry through the popular Melodifestivalen.

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  • Posted on 25 November 2012 at 19:52
    I really hope to see Sanna Nielsen back this year. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 November 2012 at 02:02
    @Ilipsv, SVT still haven't finished revealing ALL the artists competing on Melodifestivalen 2013! So you'll never know what might happen over the next few weeks!

    And I definitely don't think it's a good idea for Loreen to participate again and run the risk of suffering the Melodifestivalen equivalent of "Second Season Syndrome"! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 November 2012 at 21:30
    No molly sanden she is amazing she deserve to represent Sweden
    also ulrik was last year amazing hope they will participate in 2014
    the only who i know are jenny silver, sean banan & david lindgren
    but i dont like sean banan
    david lindgren & jenny silver are good singers last year song of david was amazing
    why is Loreen dont participate?
    She is an awesome singer report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 November 2012 at 14:34
    my cousin showed me YOHIO one day and i was like
    awwwwwwwww shes gorgeous.
    then she told me its a guy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 November 2012 at 03:39
    My gosh! It's hard to say that YOHIO is Swedish! Yeah, he's born in Sweden, of course... but watching his videos maybe you can say... He's Japanese!!!! =)
    I'm not a big fan of rock, metal rock, but I can listen to it when I like the song so the 2 songs I heard, I really like him. I didn't expected it And talks good of him that he likes a very different culture, like Japanese one. So I believe that he'll be a succes in MF 2013 and why not representing Sweden!? Will be nice too!!! So let's see when we heartbreak hotel!
    Here 2 songs of him: (in Japanese) (In English)
    He's so great playing the guitar!!!

    GO BOY! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 14:36
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 14:30
    I only know here Sean Banan, Pernilla Wahlgren & Jenny Sylver. The name of their song On Top Of The World sounds very very strong, and interesting... So I have no doubt that wil see the 3 girls on final! ♥ I don't know who's Hanna Hedlund but they're great! :Dry
    I really was wishing with a nice duet, 3 or 4 singers! So go for it Sweden!!! ♥
    I wanted to see a duet like Marie Serneholdt with Sara Lumboldt!!! Would be fantastic.
    I don't see easy that TIMOTEIJ will enter this year :'( The girls are very underrated!
    Sweden always surprises us, so that's why I love this country! And is one of my favs in ESC ♥

    Pernilla's song on MF 2010
    Jenny's song on MF 2011

    GO SWEDEN!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 10:33
    Why David Lindgren? I don't think he's anything special. Maybe people speak of him because none of the others are that known.. And Sean Banan.. He's funny, but I don't want him to represent Sweden because of that. Can we swedes please follow up the success of Loreen and Euphoria and vote on something a bit different this time too? It's hard, but vote on someone charismatic that 's good on stage and is having a good song as well. Please step out of the "schlager-box"! We did that this year I think. Continue with the open mind. Sure David Lindgren is charismatic and is having a good voice, but I didn't find his style and the song he sang this year to be a great match. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 02:39
    So please David Lindgren is back again. What a great voice.

    I loved his song this year :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 01:16
    The first two semi-finals are usually weaker than the last two. I don't expect any magic. That supergroup with Pernilla, Hanna and the third one sounds a bit outdated, like "Shirley's Angels" a couple of years ago. But the song is written by this year's ESC-winners, so maybe it's something good.

    The rest seems pretty boring. But then agian, you never know untiul you see the result, so I shouldn't judge!

    Can't wait:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 00:41
    Alcazar have ''taken a break for an indefinite period of time''. I don't think we will ever see them return as a group again :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 21:56
    Would be the great to see Alcazar in this year' Melodifestivalen! :/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 20:59
    Without having heard the songs it’s of course not possible to pick a favourite, but judging only by the names, Marie N'Diaye will most likely be a favourite of mine.

    Also I’m going to root for Anton Ewald. Even if his song was crap I’d enjoy watching his number as he’s so gorgeous. (I’m totally crushing on him, haha.)

    YOHIO seems unique and thus he interests me.

    Also I’m interested in the song ‘Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream’, mostly because I’ve liked the composers’ previous tries for Azerbaijan and of course for the witty title.

    I find it annoying that Sean is back. He isn’t funny, just embarrassing! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 16:50
    I kindda feel that "On Top Of The World" will be a strong song in MF 2013, specially cuz it was written by the same guys who wrote Euphoria.

    Anyways, Lyka till Sverige :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 16:48
    When will we be able to hear the songs?

    Don't know abou you guys, but I kind of feel that "On Top Of The World" will be a great song that will compite for the 1rst place.

    I have that feeling. report to the moderator