The search for Sweden’s next Eurovision superstar is heating up.
On Friday 17 September, national broadcaster SVT closed the Melodifestivalen 2022 submission period.
Artists from around the world submitted a staggering 2,530 songs, which are now in consideration to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2022 receives 2,500 submissions
All of the songs will now be carefully considered by a professional jury, led by producer Karin Gunnarsson.
Karin Gunnarsson said:
“It is incredibly fun to see how engaging Melodifestivalen is. For the past ten years, we have received an average of 2,500 applications each year.
I can’t help but think of the musical breadth that exists in our country and the joy of writing that makes Melodifestivalen a Swedish song treasure every year.
Like this year. Many of this year’s Mello songs are still streamed and several are played regularly on the radio.
It is always just as exciting to hear what has come in. It will be great fun to take part in all contributions and start working on a strong starting field that will compete in Melodifestivalen 2022.”
With 2,530 submissions, the total number of Melfest entries is down slightly from 2021, which saw 2,747 songs thrown into the ring.
The record for most number of entries still belongs to Melodifestivalen 2011, which saw 3,832 entries submitted for consideration before the live shows kicked off.
Karin Gunnarsson’s professional jury will select 14 songs from the submitted entires, with the remaining 14 entries chosen by SVT.
The chosen 28 will be revealed later this Autumn and will go on to compete in the shows hosted by Oscar Zia next Spring.
Melodifestivalen returns in 2022
Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-finals are due to kick off in Malmö on Saturday 5 February followed by weekly shows Göteborg, Linköping and Lidköping. In each semi-final, seven acts will compete for two passes to the grand final and two spots in the andra chansen second chance round.
Andra chansen will take in Örnsköldsvik on 5 March, with eight acts facing off in one-on-one duels for four passes to the final.
Sweden will then select its next Eurovision superstar from a pool of 12 finalists in the grand final, set to take place in the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Saturday 12 March.
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