Måns Zelmerlöw only won Eurovision 2015 a month ago, but SVT is already busy searching for the act that will represent Sweden on home soil next May. Today the broadcaster announced that songwriters can submit their original songs for Melodifestivalen 2016 — Sweden’s national selection — from September 1. The submission window closes at 08:59 sharp on September 16, so set your alarms.
Melodifestivalen 2016: Selection process
Melodifestivalen 2016 will feature a total of 28 acts. Among these one spot will go to the winner of the “Svensktoppen Nästa”. The winning act from that contest will compete at Melodifestivalen, though he or she may have to sing a different song.
SVT — aka Christer Björkman — will specially invite 13 artists (think big name acts like Danny Saucedo and Sarah Dawn Finer and composers like Fredrik Kempe and Thomas G:Son who have already proven themselves). The remaining will come from a selection process involving a specially appointed jury and SVT.
At least 50% of the competing songs should be written by female songwriters or lyricists.
As ever, SVT is running two simultaneous processes: a Regular contest and a Public contest. The regular contest is for all you professionals out there, while the public contest is for upstarts who have not yet had their music published.
The selection panel chooses entries from amongst the submissions to the Regular contest, for which both lyrics and music must have been written by at least one composer/songwriter who has already had a musical work published. Please note that entrants must state the ISRC code of previously published works when uploading their submission to the Regular contest. Entries are to be submitted by uploading a sound file to svt.se between 1 and 16 September, 2016.
The selection panel (same as above) also selects five entries from the submissions to the Public contest, which only accepts songs by composer(s)/songwriter(s) who have NOT already had a musical work published. These five entries are qualified directly amongst the best top 100 entries. The Public Contest has no guaranteed place in the next year’s Melodifestival. Entries are to be submitted by uploading a sound file to svt.se between 1 and 16 September, 2016.
Who are you hoping to see and hear at Melodifestivalen 2016?