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What do you think is the most popular TV Show in Sweden? What programme get Swedes gathered round their TV-sets all Spring and dominates the front pages of the newspapers for weeks on end? Political debates? Football? Big Brother? No. Here in Sweden the show that dominates the media for 6 weeks each Spring is the Swedish Song Contest, known locally as Melodifestivalen.

Its main aim is to select the song that will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest each year, but it has become much bigger than that. Most of the songs that take part end up in the Swedish charts, some of Sweden’s biggest singers see it as a chance to give their careers a boost, and the newspapers frenzy in all the behind the scenes gossip and scandals. But not everyone loves it, for some, it’s hell on Earth. All the glitter, glamour and key-changes, you either love it or you hate it.

Over the next few weeks Radio Sweden will keep you updated on all you need to know about the contest, in the fight to represent Sweden in Belgrade in May.

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