It’s one of the biggest events on the national final calendar. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has confirmed details of the entry period for Melodifestivalen 2022. Interested singers and songwriters will have a three-week period to submit their entries, from 27 August to 17 September 2021.
SVT confirmed the news with a publication on their Instagram and the launch of the Melodifestivalen entries website.
The broadcaster wrote: “Have you written a fantastic song that should be experienced by millions of viewers? On 27 August at 9.00am we open the locks for submitting entries to the Melodifestivalen 2022 and as usual we are looking for fantastic songs for our lineup.”
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SVT has confirmed that the 28 competing entries will again come from two different sources. Half the entries will be from artists directly invited by SVT to compete, while the other half will be chosen by a selection jury. The system ensures a combination of established acts and newcomers.
Melodifestivalen 2022 rules shape the competition
As well as requiring that entries stick to the Eurovision rules, the Melodifestivalen 2022 rules have their own requirements.
The competition is open to all Swedish citizens or permanent residents, however non-Swedes can still enter if they are part of a team with at least one Swedish person.
There’s no language rule, but the contest intends to give at least ten of the 28 competing places (around 35%) to songs that primarily have Swedish lyrics. This is around the proportion of Swedish songs included in the contest in recent years.
SVT also notes that regardless of the language of the song that wins Melodifestivalen 2022, the broadcaster will decide which language/s is performed in the Eurovision version.
The broadcaster also intends that at least 50% of songs should have at least one women as part of the songwriting team.
While Swedish television is less fussed about bad language, the Melodifestivalen rules are keeping in line with the stricter requirements for Eurovision. The Melfest rules state that any entry whose title or lyrics may be considered offensive and therefore may not be approved for Eurovision will not be eligible for Melodifestivalen. So this could be the end of lyrics like Robin Bengtsson’s “You look so f***ing beautiful” or Lisa Ajax’s “I don’t give a f***”.
The rules make no mention of the format the Melodifestivalen 2022 shows will take. Due to the pandemic, all shows in the 2021 edition were filmed in the same Stockholm venue, with no live audience.
Entries for Melodifestivalen 2022 will be open from 27 August to 17 September 2021. The selected 28 competing acts will be announced in the usual timeframe of November or December 2021.
What do you think? Who would you like to see enter Melodifestivalen 2022? Should more Swedish-language song be included in the competition? Have your say in the comments below.