The final of P4 Nästa has taken place in Linköping, where a total of eight finalists competed not only to win the contest, but potentially to become the first announced Melodifestivalen act for 2020. It can be the case that the winner of the radio competition goes to Melodifestivalen, however this is not always the case, and instead another finalist can be selected.
This year Tim Lööv won the competition, and as a result will have his song promoted on P4, however it will be Amanda Aasa who will go on to compete in Melodifestivalen next year. The song entered into P4 Nästa will not be her Melodifestivalen entry, as it was released prior to September 1, making it ineligible for the contest. However, you can listen to her P4 entry here.
Here is the full list of finalists:
Faith Kakembo – Through Fire and Rain
Hildur Höglind – Further Apart
Hufo Andersson – Lovenote
Amanda Aasa – Gå hem
Zulueta – King of the Ocean
Tova Glyt – No Ordinary Girl
Tim Lööv – All I Need is You
Browsing Collection – Oh No
P4 Nästa is a competition that occurs between March and August, with the aim of giving the spotlight to new and upcoming artists in Sweden. 25 districts in Sweden hold heats to select their winners, who then move onto the next round. A jury selects the final eight, which were mentioned above, and then the winner is selected in the final show. Since 2013, a participant of this music competition is selected to compete in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish Eurovision national selection. To date, no P4 Nästa competitors have reached the final of Melodifestivalen.
In 2019, The Lovers of Valdaro competed at Melodifestivalen as the P4 wildcards with the some Somebody Wants.
The dates and host cities for Melodifestivalen 2020 have now been revealed
Swedish broadcaster SVT have announced the competition dates as well as where each show will be hosted for the 2020 edition of the contest. The show will begin on February 1st and will continue through to March 7th. As usual, the final will be held in the nation’s capital, Stockholm.
Here are the dates:
Semi-Final 1 (Linköping) – February 1st
Semi-Final 2 (Gothenburg) – February 8th
Semi-Final 3 (Luleå) – February 15th
Semi-Final 4 (Malmö) – February 22nd
Andra Chansen (Eskilstuna) – February 29th
Final (Stockholm) – March 7th
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the competition, and SVT promises a spectacular show. Tickets will go on sale on the 31st of October at 9am.