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Show 23 March 2016 - Melodifestivalen Special Part 2

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Hightlights of the show

ImageMelodifestivalen 2016 - The Recap (Part 2):  Melodifestivalen 2016 took place on Saturday 12 March 2016 in Stockholm's Friends Arena with 12 great artists selected out of the four Semi Finals and the Second Chance round. 30000 people in the Friends Arena. Gina Dirawi and William Spetz hosted the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2016. JP and Eric were on location and conducted interviews with all the artists, the hosts, previeous participants at Melodifestivalen and show producer Christer Bjoerkman. This and next week's edition of Radio International will be specials on Sweden's selection to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The complete result of Melodifestivalen 2016 can be viewed here. At this point Eurovision Radio International would like to congratulate the Winner of the Melodifestivalen 2016 Frans who will be representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on home ground with the song "If I were sorry".This week Radio International broadcasts more interviews with the competing artists and more. Don't miss it! :)
ImageInterview with Wiktoria (Melodifestivalen 2016, Number 4): Last week Radio International broadcast the interviews with the Top 3 ranked artists at Melodifestivalen 2016. This week we continue with the remaining artists and ranking at Number 4 in the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2016 is newcomer to the contest the 17 year young Wiktoria performing the song "Save me". Listen to the interview on this week's edition of Radio International.   You can also watch this interview on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Robin Bengtsson (Melodifestivalen 2016, Number 5): It was his first appearance at Melodifestivalen. Winning the Semi Final 1 with the song "Constellation Prize" is 25 year old Robin Bengtsson who in 2008 came third int he Swedish Idols that was won by Kevin Borg from Malta. Eric and JP met and interviewed the singer at the first and second Press Conference on Thursday before the rehearsals started and Frdiay night after the Dress Rehearsal.     You can also watch this interview on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Molly Sanden (Melodifestivalen 2016, Number 6):  Molly Sanden is no stranger to the World of Eurovision. She participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 where she came 3rd with the song "Det finaste någon kan få". Then Molly Sanden had two appearances and made it to the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2009 coming 11th with "Så vill stjärnorna" and in the 2012 edition of Melodifestivalen she came 5th with the song "Why am I crying". She entered again in 2016 and made it again to the Grand Final with the song "Youniverse" which she co-wrote with her boyfriend, Danny Saucedo, and John Alexis. At the end of the evening she ranked 6th. JP and Eric met the singer at the Welcome Reception in the Townhall of Stockholm, Sweden and had the pleasure to chat with her. Listen to this interview on this week's edition of Radio International.   You can also watch this interview on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Lisa Ajax (Melodifestivalen 2016, Number 7): A newcomer to Melodifestivalen Lisa Ajax made it directly to Friends Arena from her Semi Final with the song "My heart wants me dead". The 17 year young singer performed her song in the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2016 and ranked 7th at the end of the night. Eric and JP met Lisa at the Welcome Reception in the Townhall of Stockholm, Sweden and had the pleasure to chat with her. Listen to this interview on this week's edition of Radio International.  Postponed to next week
ImageInterview with Viktor & Samir and Fredrik Kempe (Melodifestivalen 2016, Number 12): Debuting at Melodifestivalen 2015, Viktor and Samir came 8th with the song "Groupe". They returned in 2016 and made it from their Semi Final via the Second Chance Round into the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song "Bada nakna" meaning "Swimming naked" which at the end of the night ranked at Number 12. Eric and JP chatted with Samir and songwriter Frederik Kempe at the Welcome Reception in Stockholm's Townhall. Listen to the interview on this week's edition of Radio International.   You can also watch this interview on our YouTube Channel - click here
ImageInterview with Christer Björkman & Edward Af Sillen (Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen 2016 & the Voice): Already last week Radio International broadcast the traditional assessment interview with the Producer of Melodifestivalen Christer Björkman after the show. But Eric and JP chatted with Christer as well as Edward Af Sillen who is the speech writer of the hosts and resposnsible for everything that is not related to the music in Meldodifestivalen. Also we hear his voice when the songs are announced. Since Christer Björkman is also getting ready to produce the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm come May Eric chatted with both about the preparations of the Pan-European and biggest music event worldwide.   Postponed to next week
ImageEurovision Song Contest Spotlight - The National Final Season 2016: The National Selection Process of the songs that will represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is well under way. In the last quarter of 2015 Radio International went through the best picks of Sweden's National Final - The Melodifestivalen where our Eurovision Experts selected what they thought is the best songs per year. Sweden will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in the Globen Arena of Stockholm next May with the Grand Final on the 14 May 2016 and the the Semi Finals on 10 & 12 May 2016, respectively. Like in previous years the Radio International Eurovision Experts will be assessing the National Finals 2016 live on Radio International.  Alasdair Rendall will be closing out the National Final Season to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 featuring the remaining songs to be introduced to the fans as well as some of the new versions that have appeared. Listen to the songs from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malta, Serbia, Sweden Israel, San Marino Belarus and Iceland

ImageEurovision Under Cover:  This ever so popular feature on Radio International is David Mann's weekly edition of the Eurovision Cover Versions where David Mann from Eurovision Norwich will be intoducing some of the finest Eurovision Song Contest entries covered by other singers. Just be surprised. You will be hearing the actual song that has been on the Eurovision stage followed by the cover. Listeners are encouraged to send in their cover versions they came across over the years to share with the other fans tuning into the show. Alternatively, listeners can send in their request for a particular Eurovision covered song using this link

ImageEurovision Song Contest News: Nathan Waddell joins the team in the studio every week to bring you the news and the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest such as the National Finals or if it is music releases of Eurovision performers, special concerts, gossip, etc Nathan will have it all for us during the weekly edition of Radio International. He also takes a look at some statistics such as viewing figures in the various countries and more. Nathan is website editor with escxtra.com. In addition, Eurovision News is available on www.eurovision.tv, esctoday.com and escflashmalta.com (amongst others.
ImageNew Song Releases by Eurovision Artists Radio International is always keen to know how the careers of Eurovision performers develop after their performance at the event. The show is in collaboration with many Music Companies that supply Radio International with the latest songs of their signed up artists to bring the muisc closer to the fans. On a weekly basis Radio International receives songs which are being featured on the show.  
ImageEurovision Song Contest Calendar of Events: Check out a detailed listing of all events scheduled around Europe. If you hear of something we have not listed please drop us a line by clicking here and let us know. After Eurovision is before Eurovision and to bridge the Eurovision Gap many Eurovision Clubs will be holding their annual convention. But also all the National Final Details are being displayed in the Calendar. Make sure you frequently check it out. 
Upcoming Events - Highlights:
02 Apr 2016 (Sat) - Riga, Latvia
09 Apr 2016 (Sat) - The Netherlands/Amsterdam
Eurovision in Concert at Melkweg (Tickets on sale from 04 Jan)
12 Apr 2016 (Tue) - Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel Calling - Preview Party with Eurovision 2016 artists - details
22 Apr 2016 (Fri) - United Kingdom/London
Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern
ImageEurovision Quiz:  Scratch your heads and bite your nails at  our weekly Eurovision Song Contest Quiz. Good luck and win a copy of a past Eurovision Song Contest Final on DVD or a dip into the Eurovision Goodies Bag. All you have to do is to identify the five clips with Artist, Song, Country and Year. Send your answers via the website's CONTACTs form. As for the quiz answers, you have two weeks time to crack the quiz after Radio International was aired live. That gives the chance for the listeners who were not able to join us live on Wednesdays to participate in the quiz and the draw for the prize. Good Luck! Congratulations to Alexander Sanchez from Bilbao in Spain for winning the Quiz from 09 March 2016.

Eurovision Music requests as well as other music requests are most welcome and can be done via our website's CONTACT US page. Let us know what you want to hear and where you are from. Due to the large number of requests we received and cannot accommodate this week these requests will be added to the play list for the future shows.

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