Sweden – The 1st of September heralds another ESC season with today being the day you can start releasing / publishing potential entries for the 2016 competition. Cue Sweden launching it’s registration procedure for its national selection, Melodifestivalen 2016.
SVT has published the details, in English, on its website here.
Songs with at least one Swedish composer are welcome, can be entered in either the Regular Contest or Public Contest (never entered before), and composers need to upload their songs between the 1st and the 16th of September at 08:59(CET). The full rules are here. At least 50% of the selected entries are to be written by female composers/lyricists. It is also SVT’s intention to reserve approx. 30% of the contest’s places for entries sung mainly in Swedish.
It’s expected that there will be 28 songs chosen (a jury will pick 14 songs, SVT and some experts will pick 14). The winner of “Svensktoppen Nästa 2015″ will be included in SVT’s 14 but will sing a different song in Melodifestivalen.
Heats and venues will be confirmed at a later date, and there has been no indication that there will be any change to the system as the heats and Andra Chansen (2nd chance) system that has been so successful in recent years is mentioned in the rules. It is Sweden’s most popular television shows, and it has been estimated that more than 4 million Swedes watch the show annually.
Sweden’s recent record at Eurovision: 3rd, winner, 14th, 3rd, winner. Whoever wins Melodifestivalen 2016 will go straight into the ESC final on May 14th 2016 as the host nation.
First rumour of the Melfest season is that Danny Saucedo may be re-entering, perhaps as part of his former band EMD (alongside previous Idol contestants Erik Segerstedt & Mattias Andréasson). Danny has entered previously and hosted it and is bound to be a favourite to win if he does enter. He’s good at coming second though.
Other rumours include Ace Wilder making a return, and Linus Svenning again…