Sweden participated in the North Vision Song Contest 18 in Brussels, Belgium. The Swedish entry was selected through Fantasifestivalen 18, a national final format that consisted of oe final, organised by Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Originally, four semi-finals were scheduled to be held, but later cancelled due to a bomb threat during the first semi-final.
Violet Days represented Sweden with the song "Screaming Colors", which came seventeenth in the final and scored 94 points.
Fantasifestivalen 18 was the Swedish music competition that selected Sweden's entry for the North Vision Song Contest 18. Hosted by Eric Saade and Sarah Dawn Finer, 28 songs were originally scheduled to compete in a two-month-long process that would have consisted of four semifinals. Due to a bomb threat during the first semi-final, the shows were cancelled for safety reasons. Instead one final was held with twelve songs, including the qualifiers from the cancelled semi-final.
The first semi-final took place on 19 December 2015 at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. "Screaming Colors" performed by Violet Days and "Throne" performed by Ace Wilder qualified directly to the final. After a bomb threat inside the arena, the show and the following semi-finals were cancelled. The qualifiers were chosen to compete in the after final that was held by SVT under special security.
The final of Fantasifestivalen 18 was held on 22 February 2016 at the Hovet in Stockholm. The two winners from the first semi-final and ten other songs were chosen, creating a twelve song lineup. A mix of televoting/SMS voting and international jury voting selected "Screaming Colors" performed by Violet Days as the winner.
Morten Breum, Klaus Christensen, Joel Humlén, Ash Pournouri, Frida Sundemo
In the allocation draw, Sweden was drawn to compete 17th in the first semi-final, following Macedonia and preceding Germany. It finished 8th with 92 points and thus qualified to the final. During the running order draw, Sweden was drawn to compete twenty-sixth in the grand final, following the Faroe Islands. Sweden came 17th in the final, scoring 94 points.
On stage, Violet Days were joined by two backing vocalists. The stage performance made use of an LED-wall, as well as lasers. Different colours were appearing throughout the song.
In Sweden, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on SVT1 with commentary by Lotta Bromé. The shows were also broadcast via radio on Sveriges Radio P4 with commentary by Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman. The Swedish spokesperson revealing the result of the Swedish vote in the final was Ida LaFontaine.