WHEN?: Saturday 6 February 2021
WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm
It’s business as usual for Melodifestivalen in 2021 as Heat 1 opens with the pre-contest favourite, this year Danny Saucedo (pictured above), as it did last year when Felix Sandman could only make Andra Chansen.
- Read on for reasons including details of other Heat 1 returning acts including Jessica Andersson, Paul Rey and Arvingarna
It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2020? Over the next week we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2020.
- Read on for the nominees for the monsta for Best Song of 2020. 2019 winner: C U Next Tuesday by Shakespears Sister, 2018: Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae , 2017: New Rules by Dua Lipa, 2016: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake, 2015: Goodbye To Yesterday by Elina Born and Stig Rästa
We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Goodbye To Yesterday by Stig Rästa and Elina Born, Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, New Rules by Dua Lipa, Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae and C U Next Tuesday by Shakespears Sister are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 5 best songs of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months
WORTH A LOOK?: ****
Regular readers of monstagigz will be familiar with Swedish singer songwriter Dotter, real name Johanna Jansson, not least through bringing her idiosyncratic brand of indie pop to the last four Melodifestivalens.
- Read on for reasons including to listen to Backfire and our hopes for what Dotter does next
HOW TO WATCH: Outside Sweden SVTPlay from Stockholm Friends Arena
Will it be Dotter (pictured above) for Rotterdam in Eurovision 2020? Sweden hasn’t selected a female soloist to represent it at Eurovision since Sanna Nielsen and Undo in 2014 and we think this is the year it will.
- Read on for our predictions about how we think the 12 Melodifestivalen finalists would fare at Eurovision
WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 8/2/20
WHERE?: Linköping Saab Arena
Last week’s big shock was hot favourite Felix Sandman only making Andra Chansen and, if anything, this 2nd heat feels even more wide open than that one.
- Read on for reasons including what we’re predicting for Linda Bengtzing, Anna Bergendahl and Dotter
UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect the 10/1/20 running order reveal
Will it be seventh time lucky for schlager legend Linda Bengtzing at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg on 8 February 2020?
- Read on for reasons including Dotter and Anna Bergendahl who also appear in this 2nd heat
We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Goodbye To Yesterday, Can’t Stop The Feeling and New Rules are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 8 best songs of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year
WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 17/2/18 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)
Melodifestivalen couldn’t be more split along gender lines with four male acts in the final and four female soloists in Andra Chansen – but we’re hopeful one of Dotter or Jessica Andersson will be going straight to the Friends Arena in Stockholm this weekend.
- Read on for reasons including our Saturday night predictions for each of the songs