Sweden: SVT confirms Eurovision 2022 participation
The Swedish national broadcaster, SVT, has confirmed that it will be present at the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Italy.
SVT has confimred to ESCToday that the country will be participating in the Eurovision 2022 and joins the list of countries that will be present in next year's party in Italy.
The Scandinavian nation will be selecting its next Eurovision hopeful through the traditional national selection format 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
This 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.
News Source: ESCToday
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