Sweden: Melfest Submission Period Open!

melodifestivalen swedenSweden – 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…

18 comments on “Sweden: Melfest Submission Period Open!

  1. What difference did that change from 32 to 28 songs really make? And I’m still in doubt regarding this 50% females, since it’s a rule that can be used to get your own songs into the contest easier, if you only side with a female songwriter.

    Anyhow, good luck to us!

  2. Did someone say sexy saucedo???

    Would be a shame if he came back as part of EMD rather than as solo, but you know what, ill take it if that’s whats on offer.

    Also Niclas, dropping the 8th song saved us all a collective 12 minutes of our lives we would otherwise have wasted on a song with no chance!

    Also it just has a nice feel that in each semi more than a majority make it through to the next round now. :)

    • But instead we got 12 minutes of pointless interval acts. :P

      And I don’t like that the majority of entries qualify. That makes their effort and achievement weaker.

    • Maaaaaaaxx aren’t you joining FdLC?

      • I don’t think so. I fundamentally disagree with the semi finals. I agree with Morgan (never thought I’d say those words together :P ) that they are pointless. In an online contest there is absolutely no need for them.

        I don’t mind coming last in a competition, I’ve been last before and still came back but I’m not going to listen to all the songs and vote in a competition I’m not even in (ie the final)

        Also the other entries I like won’t make it to the final either most likely, usually that’s no problem but then I’m going to be listening to a final, possibly with only 2 or 3 songs out of 15 I like.

        In the real esc that’s fine, I can block vote for israel, serbia and Sweden, but actually having to rank a top 10 when i dont like most of the songs in the final, is a chore I wouldn’t enjoy.

        Good luck to you however, i see you’ve got UK again, do us proud ;)

        • I don’t like the idea of semis too.

        • Maybe you should try with semis just for once to see if things turn out the way you thought. You might be wrong and be missing all fun in the end!
          Please join!

          • That wouldn’t be very principled of me would it :P

            It’s the entire concept that I disagree with, that Nick is going to say to 17 people, sorry you can’t be in the main event, for no reason other than because he wants to, there’s not a legitimate need or reason for them, other than highlighting further the competition aspect which to me, these contests have never been about.

            • This is one of the rare issues on which we totally agree. Champagne please! :)
              I decided to give it a try even though I don’t like the idea of semi-finals either.

            • You can still claim Japan :P
              I understand your reasons, don’t worry !

  3. Just bought new headphones as well so will be able to hear all the songs in High Defintion glory.

  4. Good luck!

    I hope for a song with a bit more character than Sweden’s ESC songs tend to have. Most of them are so tailor-made for ESC that they come across as polished yet lifeless … at least to me.

  5. Just noticed the use of the term “Melfest”.

    In Danish that translates into ‘flour party’.

  6. Ace! Hopefully she’s another breath of fresh air, should she do it this year. Maybe MF will be diverse enough so that she’s surrounded by freshness (fat chance lol).

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