Melodifestivalen is imminent!

Melodifestivalen 2011

It’s all about to happen again for another year!

The Swedish national competition to select the country’s Eurovision Song Contest entry is about to begin. In Sweden, Melodifestivalen is bigger than Jesus…it’s a national obsession.

This year’s dates are:

Saturday February 5 2011 – Heat 1, Coop Arena , Luleå
Saturday February 12 2011 – Heat 2, Scandinavium , Gothenburg
Saturday February 19 2011 – Heat 3, Cloetta Center , Linköping
Saturday February 26 2011 – Heat 4, Malmö Arena , Malmö
Saturday March 5 2011 – Second Chance, Nordic Hall , Sundsvall
Saturday March 12 2011 – Final, Globen , Stockholm

Of course we’re all “rooting”(!) for Eric Saade but also loving the fact that A*Teens Sara Lumholdt is in the contest! Not only that but fellow A*Teens member, Marie Serneholt is co-hosting!!!!

Sara & Marie

Not to mention the fact that the redoubtable Shirley Clamp is back again but this time as part of “Shirley’s Angels” (could she be any camper!)

Shirley's Angels starring Shirley Clamp

Swedish Television – svt – have their usual website to follow the competition: http://svt.se/2.148322/melodifestivalen_2011 or you can follow all things Scandinavian & Pop at http://www.scandipop.co.uk/ Scandipop also has the complete photoshoot that Swedish Gay newspaper QX did for this year’s Melodifestivalen. It features some of this year’s acts dressed as TV characters…

QX goes Melodifestivalen 2011

As I’m feeling very Scando, very pop and very nostalgic at the moment….here’s Lena Ph with “Det Gör Ont”(It Hurts) the 2004  winner…

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