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 2020. Broadcaster SVT has confirmed that 2545 entries have been received for the 2020 edition.
Entries for Melfest 2020 closed on Sunday and the broadcaster has revealed that 2545 entries were received. This number is significantly up on last year’s figure of 2295. However it is less than Melodifestivalen 2018, where 2771 entries were received.
The 2545 entries will be assessed by Melodifestivalen’s selection jury. The jury will be tasked with whittling down the songs to just 13 places.
The remaining places will be selected by SVT’s Melodifestivalen team. They liaise directly with record companies and music labels and can also pick entries from the public submissions that were overlooked by the jury.
Melodifestivalen is generally considered to be the national final with the highest number of entries. For contrast, last year Australia: You Decide received over 700 entries, Slovenia’s EMA received 103 entries, while Montenegro’s Montevizija received only 27 entries.
In the case of Melodifestivalen, quality matters a lot more than quantity. Only 28 songs will compete in Melodifestivalen 2020 — just 0.5% of entries received — 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.
Melodifestivalen 2020: What we know so far
Last month, SVT announced the dates and venues for Melodifestivalen 2020. The iconic tour will kick off with semi-final one in Linköping on 1 February, semi two in Gothenburg on 8 February, semi-final three in Luleå on 15 February, and the fourth semi-final will be held in Malmö on 22 February.
The andra chansen round will be held in Eskilstuna on 29 February, while the grand final — as always — will be held at Friends Arena in Stockholm on March 7th.
SVT has also confirmed the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2020. Former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund, jazz/pop singer Linnea Henriksson and comedian David Sundin will host the shows.
The first act for Melodifestivalen 2020 was confirmed last month. Singer Amanda Aasa won the Melodifestivalen wildcard after participating in the grand final of the radio song competition P4 Nästa.
SVT is expected to reveal the lucky 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 sometime in November.
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