Since 2012, the Swedish radio song competition P4 Nästa has included a wildcard entry to Melodifestivalen for one of its lucky finalists. However, Swedish broadcaster SVT has now confirmed that the Melfest wildcard has been “paused” for the upcoming P4 Nästa 2021.
ESC Panelen then reached out to P4 Nästa project manager Maths Broborg who confirmed that Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio have chosen to “pause” the wildcard, at least for the P4 Nästa 2021 / Melodifestivalen 2022 season.
P4 Nästa artists are still able to be considered for Melodifestivalen, but they will need to enter along with everyone else as part of the usual open submission period.
The P4 Nästa ticket to Melodifestivalen
Since 2012, P4 Nästa had given one act a place in the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen. The ticket originally went to the overall Nästa winner, but since 2015 it was been decided separately by the competition jury.
As the competing songs of P4 Nästa are not eligible for Melodifestivalen, acts have been required to select a brand new song as their Melfest entry.
Nästa acts have not typically done well in competition at Melodifestivalen.
The Nästa acts with the best results at Melfest were Terese Fredenwall with “Breaking the Silence” in 2012 and Smilo with “Weight of the World” in 2015. Both acts each placed fifth in their respective semi-final, and both narrowly missed out on the andra chansen round.
Most recently, Julia Alfrida placed last in her semi-final at Melfest 2021 with her song “Rich”. To date, no Nästa act has made it all the way to the Melfest grand final.
Meanwhile, P4 Nästa 2021 is in the middle of its regional selections. Throughout May and June, 25 region P4 radio stations will hold their local finals. From there, a number of regional winners will be shortlisted for the P4 Nästa grand final, due to be held on 3 September in Västerås.
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