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.

What do you think? Who would you like to see in the lineup to Melodifestivalen 2020? Who should represent Sweden in Rotterdam? Share your thoughts below!

 

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Brooklyn

As long the songs are ok im fine, no hate but 2019 melodifestivalen was mediocre at best.

Jack
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Jack

It will be between Malou and Bishara and whoever has the most generic song will win. Would be great if they tried to do something “out of the box”, but this ain’t gonna happen soon

Jonas
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Jonas

It won’t be Malou. She got to the final this year, but the momentum stopped there.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

i hope sweden focuses more on songs n less on staging. the melfest songs last year were all dated and don’t belong in 2019 – they try to be ‘radio-friendly’ but are in fact radio poison

Jonas
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Jonas

I want Lena Philipsson back. It’s sixteen years now since her victory, which beats her previous absence of fifteen years between 1989 – 2004.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Why’s everybody so mean for sweden

Geo
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Geo

In the end they’ll choose the same pattern, a boring, trash, radio pop song. Nothing unexpected from Sweden

Loin dici
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And as we can see, half of them will be returnees again. Surprising.

Denis
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Denis

Yeah, so? That’s what you can say about most of the countries. It¨s not exclusive for Sweden.

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Mariette 2020

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I want Jill Johnson.

Jake
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Jake

Why do I have a feeling that it’ll be between Bishar and Felix Sandman for the win in 2020? Cute boys need average songs to win Melfest. Women need classics like Undo and Euphoria.

Mitchel van Eijk
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So a child and a boring artist, god somebody, save Sweden

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

lord NO ! bring someone with substance

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I hope for some real music diversity, some very different and daring music styles. Most of the recent MF-songs / ESC-entries entries from Sweden have been typical mainstream pop. Can of course be good music, but not so original and very interesting for me. So I hope for rock, indie, metal, jazz, country, ethno, soul, rap, EDM, reggae, punk….just ANYTHING. I hope Sweden will send a different kind of sound to ESC next year. So many young boys with modern pop songs recently. What about a great rock song sung by a band?

Denis
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Denis

When was the last time gospel was mainstream pop?

Ani
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i want wiktoria

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

we all do

Gigii
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Gigii

I really hope Sweden does not win anytime soon again, hope for some countries that never won to win it like Poland, Montenegro etc. or a country that hasn’t won in a long time like the UK, France, Spain..

Mitchel van Eijk
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Maybe those countries should send winning entries instead of middle of the road.

A country should win based on the entry, not the succes

Jack Pricefield
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Jack Pricefield

My wishlist for Melfest 2020

Hanna Ferm
Mollie Linden
Rebecka Karlsson
Kevin Walker
Boris Rene
John Martin
Yohio
Amaranthe
Zeana
Smith & Thell
Malou Prytz
Jose Gonzalez
Molly Sanden
Laleh

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I used to want Molly Sandén who had so much potential, but those songs she brought to MF are unlistenable.