While some countries have yet to confirm details of their Eurovision 2021 selection process, Sweden is already hard at work. Broadcaster SVT has revealed that the 14 of the 28 competing acts for Melodifestivalen 2021 have already been selected. The 14 songs are the ones chosen by the Melodifestivalen selection jury.

SVT shared the news on its new social media account @mellobackstage. The account was introduced by the official @melodifestivalen account and will apparently follow the progress of Melodifestivalen 2021 from a backstage perspective.

The news was delivered with a black and white photo, showing the Melodifestivalen selection jury sitting in a lecture hall — with socially distant seating. Around 15 people are seen seated, with two more people at the front of the room.

The caption reveals more about what’s going on. Translated into English, it reads:

“There are more than six months left before we have a winner in Mello 21, but the work is already underway. For one week, our jury has listened through all the submitted entries. The work is now complete and the first 14 contributions have been selected. #ingetstopparmello”

The hashtag —#ingetstopparmello — means “nothing stops Mello”. It’s a sign that despite the restrictions that the current Covid-19 pandemic may bring, the show will go on.

And among the gathered group, we think we can see the famed Melodifestivalen and Eurovision choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste. The jury usually comprises of people from different areas, who can all bring their own expertise to the selection process.

What does the Melodifestivalen selection jury do?

The Melfest jury is responsible for selecting half of the entries — the songs that came in from the open submissions. This year SVT received 2747 entries. The jury will have whittled these down in a number of stages, before they eventually come up with the 14 acts heading to the semi-finals next year.

We also know that P4 Nästa wildcard winner Julia Alfrida will get a place in the Melodifestivalen semi-finals with a new song. But with 28 acts due to compete in the Mello semis, where will the other 13 acts come from?

The rest come from SVT negotiating directly with record labels. This can include established stars serious about making a bit for Eurovision victory, artists with a new record to promote, or maybe even just a beloved Swedish dansband legend who needs to be coaxed into making an appearance at Melodifestivalen.

Using the two selection methods ensures the contest gets a wide variety of acts, and lets newcomers earn experience alongside the pros.

When will we know more about Melodifestivalen 2021?

SVT has not confirmed when the line-up of acts for Melodifestvialen 2021 will be revealed. However, the announcement is typically made in late November.

The Swedish broadcaster has also not confirmed any details about the dates and venues for Mello ’21. In past years, this announcement has been made sometime from late August to mid-September. However, things could be different this year.

Last month Swedish media claimed that SVT was working on several alternates for Melodifestivalen 2021, including the ditching the usual national tour and instead holding all six shows in a Stockholm studio with a reduced audience. SVT is expected to make a decision about the 2021 format in coming weeks.

Read more Melodifestivalen 2021 news here

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Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Is it too much to ask for more unique and authentic songs and less generic pop cr*p? Please Sweden, have a mercy.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Only wondering how many songs will end up in other countries …

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Bonjour la Suède, it’s Paris calling!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

God kväll. Tack for calling. LOL.

Joey
Joey
1 month ago

I really hope they’ll choose interesting songs this year instead of generic pop songs… ‘:-)

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 month ago
Reply to  Joey

For me, after 2 1/2 years on Eurovision blogs, the use of “generic” in combination with Sweden is… how should I say… generic 😀
I’m really hoping for some good English pop songs and returnees. It’s the Melfest magic <3

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Joey

I don’t mind generic anymore but there should be some nice, special, outstanding songs in each national selection. Fingers crossed.

James
James
1 month ago

Isn’t the upcoming Melfest season the last one under Christer Björkman as showrunner/executive producer?

Linus
Linus
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Why is that important to you? you will not like the new one anyway

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Linus

Because I asked.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  James

No I believe he said 2022 will be his last since its 20 years since he became boss..

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

2021 is his 20th and final year of What he has told. This year, Karin Gunnarsson is the producer. But Björkman is expected to have some form of role
2002-2021 equals 20 years