A month after the end of Eurovision 2014, and Sweden’s SVT is already calling on songwriters to dream up songs for Melodifestivalen 2015. In recent years interest in the glamourous Swedish song contest has grown and grown. Last year, songwriters submitted a total of 2,686 songs. Interestingly, only 20% of them were written by women. But SVT wants to change that in 2015.
Producers say they want women to represent at least 50% of all songwriters selected to compete in the four semi-finals.
Christer Björkman, the director, put it like this:
We’re very proud and happy with the 3rd place in Eurovision 2014. This feeling will help us work even better. As every year, we want to see differentiations in styles, genres and languages used in the competing songs. Variety and difference are keywords for Melodifestivalen.
Sweden doesn’t lack for female talent. Sandra Bjurman, for instance, wrote Azerbaijan’s Eurovision songs in 2010 and 2012, and in 2011—when Baku won with “Running Scared”.
From the 1st till the 16th of September, songwriters will have the chance to upload their songs on SVT.se/melodifestivalen. For more information click here.