Sweden: SVT accepting Melodifestivalen 2018 submissions between September 1 and 18

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It brings together schlager divas of decades gone by, questionable comedy acts and hot hunks with hotter harmonies for six weeks of intense competition to select Sweden’s act for Eurovision.

And now SVT has revealed all the entry details for the 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen. Twenty-eight acts will compete in four semi-finals, Andra Chansen and the grand final to represent Sweden on stage at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon Portugal. 

As in previous years, 14 songs will be chosen by a jury from public submissions and the other 14 acts will be handpicked by SVT for the competition.

After another top-five result they clearly don’t feel the need to switch up the format for Melodifestivalen 2018. After Portugal’s victory in Kyiv with “Amar Pelos Dois”, speculation has been rife that other broadcasters will follow Salvador’s example and select songs in their native languages.

That may not be the case for Melodifestivalen 2018. But speaking about the competition, Christer Bjorkman, who continues as Melfest supervisor until 2021, did make a subtle nod to language.

“As always we want breadth, diversity and variety, which is why we call for songs in different languages, genres and styles.”

The submission period will open on September 1. Anyone wanting to submit a song can upload files here. The open call is split in two, with a public contest for undiscovered songwriters and a regular contest for songwriters who have published songs previously. The submission period will close at 17:59CET on September 18.

Though SVT has not announced when the contestants will be revealed, it is likely the 28 acts will be revealed in November as in previous years. The contest will take place across six weeks during February and March 2018.

Robin Bengtsson won last year’s competition against the odds. After qualifying from her semi-final, 2016 breakout star Wiktoria had been expected to win with country track “As I Lay Me Down”, but lost out on the night of the final placing a disappointing sixth.

Are you hyped for Melodifestivalen 2018? Do you already have acts you want to return? Let us know who you want to see in the comments below!

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