Melodifestivalen 2015 receives 2177 song submissions
While Swedish national broadcaster SVT has yet to comment on the issue, they have revealed that 2177 songs have been received for consideration.
Lowest number since 2002
The number is lower than in previous years, the lowest since 2002. Incidentally, this was the year the current format was launched. Last year, 2628 songs were received, with the record being 3832 in 2011. Still, the number is much higher than any other national selection in Europe. Danish broadcaster DR recently revealed that 687 songs had been received for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015.
Of the 2177 songs, 444 have been received through the public submissions where everyone can enter, with the remaining 1733 songs coming from professionals.
Quality over quantity
But the Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman, is happy about the lower number. Earlier, SVT had urged producers and songwriters to only send in their very best for consideration, a move that was also made in Denmark.
“The number of received submissions is lower than in previous years, but we are happy that the songwriters have listened to us,” he said to svt.se. The team wishes to focus on quality over quantity.
Searching for schlager
Melodifestivalen has been known as the place where Swedish schlager music belongs, but fans of the selection have seen fewer and fewer songs of the genre make it to the show and through to the final. Christer Björkman hopes that the songwriters can revitalize the genre.
“I hope that we can bring the old tradition back to a high level. The schlager has been in short supply. Now we are searching high and low for the songs that get stuck in your head and get people to sing along.”
The Executive Producer also highlights modern pop as desirable to the contest, using Ace Wilder’s “Busy Doin’ Nothing” from last year’s contest as an example
In the coming months, an expert jury will be responsible for picking the songs that will compete to represent Sweden in Vienna next year. A new rule for 2015 states that at least 50 percent of the chosen songs are to be written by female composers or songwriters.
The artists, songwriters, and composers, along with song titles, are usually revealed in November, with the contest starting in February. But, we already know one participant. Kalle Johansson won the Svensktoppen Nästa contest two weeks ago, and with it, a ticket to Melodifestivalen. His song has yet to be revealed.
SVT has yet to comment on or announce details about the changes that allegedly will be made to the 2015 edition of Melodifestivalen.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet leaked Saturday that the amount of songs in the contest will be reduced from 32 to 28, along with several other changes. The official rules state that “at least 32 songs will be competing in the 2014 Melodifestival. SVT reserves the right to decrease the number of entries allowed at a later date.”