Melodifestivalen 2016 receives 2450 songs for consideration
The submission period for the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, ended yesterday morning.
At the time of closing, Swedish broadcaster SVT had received 2450 songs for consideration, up from 2177 last year.
1982 professional entries, 468 public
Next, the jury will begin the big task of figuring out which songs to select for the four semi-finals in February. The professional pool has received 1982 entries, while the public pool has received 468.
As a new rule, the public pool will not be given special treatment. Instead, five will be selected and added to the narrowed list of 100 entries. Then, without knowing the authors, the jury will select the final songs from this list. This means that songs from the public pool may not make it to the shows, but given the poor results of public pool songs in previous years, the change was necessary.
Christer Björkman, Executive Producer, hopes to find the song that bring Sweden a victory on home soil in May.
The selected artists and their songs will be revealed during the fall, with the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2016 airing February 6.
Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and will host the 2016 edition in the capital Stockholm.