It’s all go in Sweden. Producers of Melodifestivalen 2023 have revealed that they received a total of 2,824 song submissions for the show. That’s up by 294 songs compared to the 2022 edition, for which producers received 2,530 entries.
Karin Gunnarsson, Melfest head honcho, says: “Absolutely incredible! Wow. I’m so proud to get to work with Melodifestivalen and to see that interest in the competition is growing.”
“Now the work begins with listening, thinning the submissions and preparing for the next step in the selection process to develop a wonderful, hot and entertaining field. We are really excited to take hold of all the contributions.”
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.
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: February 11 – Linköping
- Semi-Final 3: February 18 – Lidköping
- Semi-Final 4: February 25 – Malmö
- Semi-Final 5: March 4 – Örnsköldsvik
- Final: March 11 – Stockholm
Last month we asked you guys which artists you’d like to see compete.
Among the responses were Clara Klingenström, Dotter, John Henrik, Oscar Zia, Eric Saade, Wiktoria, Cazzi Opeia, Salem Al Fakir and Andreas Bagge.