Sweden, a rustic that takes the Eurovision Song Contest very severely, selected its entry for the 2019 competitors tonight (March 9) on the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The winner Melodifestivalen, the Swedish nationwide warmth for Eurovision, is John Lundvik, who was the unanimous selection eight worldwide juries and the Swedish voting public together with his tune “Too Late for Love.”
Lundvik will even have two songs in competitors on this yr’s Eurovision. In addition to co-writing the Swedish entry, he’s the co-writer “Bigger Than Us,” the U.Okay. entry, which might be carried out by Michael Rice.
Lundvik was born in London on Jan. 27, 1983. When he was one week outdated, he was adopted by a Swedish couple residing within the U.Okay. The household moved to Växjö, Sweden, when Lundvik was six years outdated. He had his massive break in 2010 when he wrote the tune “When You Tell the World You’re Mine” for the marriage Victoria, Crown Princess Sweden, and her betrothed, Daniel Westling. He first took half in Melodifestivalen final yr with the tune “My Turn,” which completed third within the nationwide warmth.
Melodifestivalen is historically the most-watched tv broadcast the yr in Sweden. This yr was the 59th annual nationwide closing. The fashionable format was initiated in 2002 underneath the steering present govt producer Christer Björkman. The contest takes place over six weeks, beginning with seven songs competing every body in a quarter-final. The high two songs advance from every present to the grand closing and the third and fourth place songs go right into a “second probability” spherical in week 5. The high 4 songs from “second probability” be part of the opposite eight entries within the grand closing.
Lundvik’s entry was unstoppable this yr, as eight worldwide juries (from Portugal, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, France, Finland, U.Okay. and Israel) all awarded their high rating 12 factors to “Too Late for Love.” That didn’t assure his win, although it did put him far out in entrance. When the votes the Swedish televoting pubic had been revealed, Lundwik once more had the best rating, sealing his look in Tel Aviv in May.
Sweden first received Eurovision in 1974 when ABBA, in a bid to interrupt out past their very own borders, claimed victory with “Waterloo.” The Scandinan nation has received 5 extra instances, with “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" by Herreys (1984), “Fångad av en Stormvind” by Carola (1991), “Take Me to Your Heaven” by Charlotte Nilsson (1999), “Euphoria” by Loreen (2012) and “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).
One extra victory will tie Ireland’s file quantity seven wins.
Melodifestivalen not solely produces Sweden’s annual Eurovision entry, however a quantity hit songs. Speaking to Billboard from the music enterprise inexperienced room at Friends Arena through the stay broadcast, Cosmos Music Publishing inventive director Peo Nylén mentioned, “With nearly half the inhabitants watching this beloved and much-discussed well-arranged spectacle, it’s no shock it performs an essential function for the music enterprise in Sweden.”
Nylén, making his 24th look at Melodifestivalen as a music writer representing a author one the competing songs (this yr, “Ashes to Ashes” by Anna Bergendahl), added, “While many different international locations might focus solely on their profitable tune, yearly the Swedish] contest generates a string chart hits. This yr a outstanding quantity songs which didn’t qualify for the ultimate and even the 'second probability' have invaded the highest part the Spotify chart domestically. And nothing signifies that’s going to alter.”