We started this journey six weeks ago with 28 songs, we lost some good ones along the way, but yesterday afternoon, the 2019 Melodifestivalen grand final was once again celebrated at Tonic in Times Square in front of 200 Swedes, Melfest and Eurovision fans based here in the city.
It's that time of year again!
We started this journey five weeks ago, we lost some good songs along the way, but last night, Saturday, the lineup for the Sweden’s 2019 Melodifestivalen, the most watched national selection in the world, was finally completed, and 12 very happy artists are on their way to the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
One of them will have the honor of representing Sweden in Tel Aviv this coming May. And just to remind you, the last time Israel hosted the show, back in 1999, it was Sweden who won the contest!
As always, Swedes in New York is hosting the biggest MelFest party in North America at Tonic bar in Time Squares. The party takes place this coming Saturday, March 9th, doors open already at noon, so you can get there on time, grab a bite and a drink before the show even starts. No cover at the door, and the show starts exactly at 2pm Eastern.
You can read more and register on the Facebook event page
Tonic Times Sq
727 7th Ave (between 48th and 49th St)
UPSTAIRS (2nd floor)
Saturday, March 9th @ 2:00pm
So who’s your favorite?
Here’s a recap with the running order (courtesy of MYESC).
Earlier today, Conchita Wurst, who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, took to Instagram and went public with her HIV status.
Conchita, the alter ego of Austrian artist Tom Neuwirt, shared with her followers that she has been HIV+ for many years, and decided to come out with this news following a threat by one of her ex boyfriends to out her.
In a very emotional statement the 2014 ESC winners writes: “Today is the day I am free from the Sword of Damocles for the rest of my life: I have been HIV positive for many years. This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatens to go public with this information, and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life in the future. Since I received the diagnosis, I am in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption under the detection limit [undetectable], so not able to pass on the virus.”
Conchita continues to say: “ Coming out is better than being outed by someone else. I hope to have the courage to fight stigmatization of people who have become infected by HIV, either through their own behaviour or through no fault of their own.
‘To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be news to you – my status is not! I’m well and I’m stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever. Thank you for your support!’‘
Conchita’s statement is a good reminder of how much we love her, and how brave she is. HIV, despite becoming a controlled and manageable chronic disease, is still stigmatized in our society. Find out how you can help break the stigma by clicking HERE and don’t forget to FOLLOW Conchita on IG and LIKE her post.
In what has become a NYC Eurovision tradition, Time Square's Tonic Bar hosted its annual Melodifestivalen viewing party!
More than 150 eager Eurovision fans, Swedes in NYC, and friends of, gathered on Saturday, 10 March, to watch together over some food, drinks and good company the final of the Swedish selection to Eurovision, aka, Melodifestivalen.
For many, Melodifestivalen is a mini Eurovision or the official kick off event for Eurovision season.
After a close and nail biting votes for some, bookies favorite, Benjamin Ingrosso, ended up winning with Dance You Off.