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 2019. Broadcaster SVT has revealed that 2295 entries have been received for the 2019 edition.
In previous years, SVT has announced the number of entries soon after the application period closes. However, this year no such announcement came. Instead Swedish fan blog ESC Panelen, contacted Melfest project manager Anette Helenius, who provided the figure.
2295 is down somewhat on previous years. Melodifestivalen 2018 received 2771 entries, 476 fewer than the upcoming edition. Helnius attributes this lower number as being down to individual songwriters overall submitting fewer songs each.
ESC Panelen also notes that Melodifestivalen still received a very high number of entries compared to other countries’ national finals. For example, this season, Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix received “over 1000” entries, while last year Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2018 received a record 258, and Montenegro’s Montevizija 2018 received only 31 entries.
In the case of Melodifestivalen, quality matters a lot more than quantity. Only 28 songs will compete in Melodifestivalen 2019 — and one place has already been filled. Like all countries, SVT can only send one song to Eurovision, no matter how many songs enter Melodifestivalen.
It’s also worth noting that this season’s total of 2295 entries is higher than the 2177 received for Melodifestivalen 2015. That was the year that saw Måns Zelmerlöw win Melfest on his third attempt and go on to win Eurovision in Vienna.
SVT is expected to reveal the lucky 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2019 sometime in November.
Melodifestivalen 2019: What we know so far
Earlier this month, SVT announced the dates and venues for Melodifestivalen 2019. The iconic tour will kick off with semi-final one in Gothenburg on February 2nd, semi two in Malmö on February 9th, semi three in Leksand on February 16th, and the fourth semi-final will be held in Lidköping on February 23rd.
The andra chansen round will be in Nyköping on March 2nd, while the grand final — as always — will be held at Friends Arena in Stockholm on March 9th.
SVT is yet to reveal who the host or hosts for Melodifestivalen 2019 will be. The 2018 edition was hosted by the entertainer and Melfest regular David Lindgren. However, the show’s style was criticised and it suffered the worst ratings in seven years. Earlier this month, Swedish press revealed that SVT has drafted in veteran Melodifestivalen and Eurovision writer and producer Edward af Sillén to consult on the 2019 edition of Melfest, in an attempt to ensure the show is a success.
Tickets for the Melodifestivalen 2019 rehearsals and live shows will go on sale on October 31st.
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