Melodifestivalen 2015 will have the lowest number of song submissions in over a decade. 400 fewer songs have been entered for the competition than in 2014.
2014 saw 2628 initial entires but 2015 has only managed 2177 songs.

Worse still for SVT, that’s the lowest number of submissions since 2002 when 1831 songs were entered to fly the flag for Stockholm at Eurovision.

The broadcaster have however put a positive spin on things, suggesting that the lower figure represents a higher quality of entires than in previous years.

Christer Björkman advanced the same opinion in 2013 when almost 1000 fewer songs were put forward for the competition.

Björkman has praised songwriters willingness to “cull” harder.

This year’s competition was the closest in Melodifestivalen history, with Sanna Nielsen only winning with a slender 2 point margin over runner-up Ace Wilder. In the week preceding the final it was clearly a two woman race for victory.

As far as Team Wiwi’s concerned we’ll take quality over quantity any day.

Enjoy a recap of the Melodifestivalen 2014 final below:

Sources: SVT, Aftonbladet

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Gavin
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Gavin

I think the key to bringing back some of the glow of Melodifestivalen is

– not pinning hope on a fav song and artist combination and giving then prime position as favourite.

– having as many good entries as is possible from the songs selected

In honesty I really don’t think last years songs were the best of the bunch.

Pete
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Pete

That have to do with songwriters given up sending songs Christer Bjorkman himself ask songwriters special write songs for artists he wanted to participate

D
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D

Considering we’ve managed over 2,000 for a not too big country compared to giants like Russia and Germany, I think we’re doing fine.

Alex
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Alex

Does this have anything to do with the spat with Universal Records over the individual sales of songs on the ESC soundtrack?

AnesBosna
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AnesBosna

Meh. Nothing to cry about.

more than 2000 songs is still really amazing 😀

Paul D
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Paul D

«The broadcaster have however put a positive spin on things, suggesting that the lower figure represents a higher quality of entires than in previous years.»

All the broadcasters say the same thing lol