Eurovision 2018 is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in town. There’s already been a five year high in song submissions in Sweden. Norway’s NRK have had the highest ever amount for Melodi Grand Prix. Now, Switzerland’s SRF has announced their own record breaking year.
A total of 670 applications were made by the deadline of 0800 CET this morning, September 22. This comes off the back of several rule changes from last year’s selection.
Following a June meeting with Melfest experts Christer Björkman and Martin Österdahl, SRF made some big changes to their Entschiedungsshow selection.
With non-Swiss songwriters allowed to enter the competition once more, focus has turned more to the song than the singer. Whilst songs could be entered with a singer in mind, SRF can assign a song to a different singer if they feel it’s a better match. This, of course, is how the system works at Melodifestivalen.
A brutal culling process of these 670 songs now follows. A 20-person expert panel, made of media representatives from all Swiss regions, will listen to all entries. They will then cut those songs down to a top six, though SRF producers can enter a seventh act as a wildcard.
The finalist songs will then be matched to an artist. This stage of the selection should be done around October/November of this year. The Entschiedungsshow 2018 final — where the result will be decided by 50% international jury, 50% televote — takes place on February 4.
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