Sweden: SVT confirms Eurovision 2023 participation

Sweden: SVT confirms Eurovision 2023 participation
Tuesday, 07 June 2022

  • SVT, Sweden's national broadcaster has confirmed that they will be taking part in next year's 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

    It's hard to see a Eurovision Song Contest taking place without Sweden in it, but SVT has formally confirmed to ESCToday that the country will be marking it's 62nd participation in the contest next year. 

    Sweden is expected to determine their Eurovision act and entry via the traditional national selection of Melodifestivalen.Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through the annual televised competition, named since 1967 as Melodifestivalen. More details on the next edition of Sweden's iconic music event will be released in the following weeks. 


    Sweden in Eurovision

    Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests (1964, 1970 and 1976). At the 1997 contest, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting. Sweden is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm (1975, 2000, 2016), twice in Malmö (1992, 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985).

    Sweden is one of the most successful competing nations at the Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of six victories, just one win behind Ireland. The country has the most top five results of the 21st century, with thirteen. In total, Sweden has achieved 24 top five results in the contest. After finishing second with Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson in 1966, Sweden went on to achieve its six victories with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson(1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).

    In 2019 John Lundvik represented the country with his song “Too Late For Love”,achieving another top 5 placing for Sweden as he  finished 5th overall with 334 points. Last year The Mamas won the Melodifestivalen 2020 and earned the right to represent Sweden in Rotterdam with their entry "Move" . Unfortunately for them, the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and The Mamas never had the chance to perform in Rotterdam Ahoy. Last year Tusse won Melodifestivalen 2021 with his song 'Voices' and went on representing the Nordic country in Rotterdam. After qualifying from the 1st semi final, he finished 14th in the Grand final with a total of 109 points in the overall score. 

    This year Cornelia Jakobs defended the Swedish colors in Turin singing 'Hold me closer' which after qualifying 1st from the 2nd semi-final, finished 4th in the Grand final adding one more top-5 placing in the country's Eurovision history. 


    News Source: ESCToday

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