Following that jury vote drama in Tel Aviv, Sweden moved from sixth to fifth in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. And while they are still processing the unexpected and happy nudge up, Sweden is ready to take things even higher at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands.
On Monday the Swedish broadcaster SVT announced details of its selection process for Melodifestivalen 2020 — its national selection for Eurovision. Songwriters can submit starting on 26 August. The deadline will be on the 13th of September. You can read the full submission rules in English.
In recent years the Swedish broadcaster has received thousands of song submissions. And this year, as in years past, only 28 will make it to the four initial heats, which take place in venues all over Sweden during Saturday primetime.
The 28 entries will consist of 14 contestants selected by the jury from the submitted musical compositions. And 14 contestants specially invited by SVT or other entries that SVT has selected from among the submissions.
According to SVT, Melodifestivalen 2020 is going to be “extraordinary” because it is the 60th edition of the event. Expectations for Sweden are always very high, and that will not change in the coming year.
Victory for the Swedes isn’t just about slaying Eurovision itself. They also have a very progressive domestic aim: to have at least 50% of the selected songs be written by female lyricists and composers or teams that consists of both males and females.
It is already possible to register for a reminder email, which will be sent when the registrations open in August. Please click here.
Melodifestivalen has produced six Eurovision winners and 20 Top 5 placings for Sweden at Eurovision. Two of Sweden’s Eurovision winners came within three years of each other: Loreen in 2012 and Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015. During this golden era, Sanna Nielsen also managed to come third in 2014.
The competition exerts major influence on the Swedish music industry, and it’s no surprise that many Swedish artists and composers are hungry to get their songs in the line-up.
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