Warm up your computer and get ready to upload those .mp3 files: The Melodifestivalen 2022 submission window is officially open. From today, Friday, 27 August until Friday, 17 September at 11:59, anyone who wants to compete can send in songs on the site melodifestivalen.se.
“It is an incredibly fun and important part of the work with the Melodifestivalen when the submission of songs opens,” Karin Gunnarsson, competition producer for the Melodifestivalen, says in a statement from SVT.
“I am really looking forward to taking part in all the contributions and a new and exciting season of the whole of Sweden’s party. Now is the opening shot for Melodifestivalen 2022.”
The statement goes on to explain the process.
“28 entries will compete in Melodifestivalen 2022. The selection jury selects 14 songs from the submitted entries and the other 14 entries consist of competitors who have been specially invited by SVT or who SVT has selected from the submitted entries.”
The broadcaster previously teased the opening 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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Melodifestivalen 2022 rules
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.
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.