Eric Saade. Foto: Kris Boswell/Sveriges Radio
Eric Saade. Photo: Kris Boswell/Sveriges Radio

Melodifestivalen starts tonight

Even though it's prohibited to publish submissions to the Melodifestivalen song contest before each respective heat, the entire contents of singer Eric Saade's entry "Sting" wound up on Youtube last night, according to the tabloid Aftonbladet.

"We have a dress rehearsal with the public, and everyone has their mobile phones with cameras, so this kind of thing can happen," said Lili Assefa, in charge of press for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish song contest that determines who will compete in Eurovision.

She said that while it can be hard to trace the source of leaks immediately, in the end, they always manage to find the material.

The first heat of the song contest will be broadcast from Gothenburg on Saturday night at 8pm on the public broadcaster, Swedish Television, beginning with a performance by Molly Pettersson Hammar.

Last year, 3.4 million viewers watched the opening of Melodifestivalen. 

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