Tonight Europe's favourite national final begun. Melodifestivalen has begun in spectacular style, and has seen two artists qualify for the grand final to be held in the Friends Arena Stockholm. Wiktoria with the song "Not With Me" and Mohombi with the song "Hello" have made it to the final. Also, Nano with the song, "Chasing Rivers" and Anna Bergendahl with the song "Ashes to Ashes" went through to the Andra Chansen round.
Tonight's seven artists were:
Nano – Chasing Rivers
High 15 – No Drama
Wiktoria – Not with Me
Zeana feat. Anis don Demina – Mina bränder
Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider
Mohombi – Hello
Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes
This year saw the return on Anna Bergendahl who is seen as one of the favourites to win the contest as a whole. Wiktoria has also returned this year, with superstar Mohombi also making his Melodifestivalen solo debut.
The first show was broadcast live from the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, which was hosted by e Sarah Dawn Finer, Kodjo Akolor, Marika Carlsson and Eric Saade.
There is a long way to go for Sweden to chose their entry. They still have three more semi finals, a second chance round, and a grand final. The order of shows will be:
Semi-final 29 February 2019
Semi-final 316 February 2019
Semi-final 423 February 2019
Second chance2 March 2019
Final9 March 2019
Tonight Wiktoria and Mohombi qualified for the final. Were these two your favourites? What did you think of the show? Please tell us your opinion in the comments below.