Every year it’s among the most talked about Eurovision selection shows. But Sweden’s Melodifestivalen is so much more than that. First staged in 1966, it dominates domestic TV ratings like few shows can and has given a platform to some of Sweden’s biggest stars, including, of course, ABBA.
And today state broadcaster SVT has opened the submission process for Melodifestivalen 2023. It will remain open until 16 September.
As ever, 28 acts will ultimately compete in the six-week musical extravaganza. Their names won’t be revealed until later in the autumn.
Fourteen of these acts will be selected through the public submission process. The remaining 14 will be invited by the broadcaster, who works its deep connections within the Swedish music industry to help attract top talent.
Aaaaand it's time!!! We have opened submissions for Melodifestivalen 2023!! ?? From today until September 16th 11.59 AM at https://t.co/ssPyfZNANW?We can't wait to hear new #melfest hits!— Melodifestivalen (en) (@melfest_en) August 26, 2022
?: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT pic.twitter.com/WTPKWgd3sb
Melodifestivalen 2023: Who do you want to participate?
Last year’s “tour” through Sweden was cancelled because of the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. But this year the traveling show will be back in full force, giving fans a chance to see the acts live and in person.
- Semi-Final 1: February 4 – Gothenburg
- Semi-Final 2: Feburary 11 – Linköping
- Semi-Final 3: Feburary 18 – Lidköping
- Semi-Final 4: February 25 – Malmö
- Semi-Final 5: March 4 – Örnsköldsvik
- Final: March 11 – Stockholm
But who do you want to see hit that stage? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments box below.