It’s one of the most anticipated national finals on the Eurovision calendar. And now things are well underway for the production of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2018. Broadcaster SVT has revealed that 2771 entries have been received for the 2018 edition.
The entry period opened on 1 September and ran until yesterday afternoon. The total of 2771 includes 2324 entries submitted via the open competition, and 447 entries submitted internally via the music industry.
With Sweden taking home a top five finish in Kyiv, it seems interest in Eurovision is still high in Sweden. The number of Melfest entries is the highest since 2012.
Schlagermaster general Christer Björkman is raring to go. He told SVT, “We are very keen to start working with the selection process and are delighted that the interest of both the public and the music industry is still high.”
The next step is for the songs to be assessed, under the leadership of jury chair Karin Gunnarsson. Her team is tasked with whittling down the 2771 to just 28 songs — 14 from the songs submitted in the open call, 13 from invited artists, and one being the winner of P4 Nästa, Stiko Per Larsson.
The names of the 28 lucky semi-finalists and their songs will be announced by SVT some time later in autumn.
We’re also still waiting to hear which cities will be hosting the six shows of the 2018 Melodifestivalen tour. Based on previous years, the tour is extremely likely to end at Friends Arena in Stockholm, and it should also feature one show each in Gothenburg and Malmö. But the three others locations are still unknown. Last year the locations were announced in early September, before entries closed.
Don’t stop believing
The hosts of Melodifestivalen 2018 are also still to be confirmed. Last year SVT revealed in late September that the trio of Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson would host the show.
But until all this is confirmed, fans will just have to speculate. We’ve already seen a number of Swedish stars who have been suspiciously busy in the recording studio lately. Will the new-look trim, toothy and tanned Anna Book finally get her big Melfest comeback after being let down last year? Will Norway’s teen sensations Marcus & Martinus make their Melfest debut?
One act who won’t be returning to Melodifestivalen is FO&O. Despite making the final with their classic boy anthem “Gotta Thing About You”, the group has today announced they are all going their separate ways and will focus on their solo careers. But does this mean we could expect to see Felix, Oscar and/or Omar as a solo act in the Melfest 2018 lineup?
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