Sweden calls for songs for Melodifestivalen 2016
Who will represent Sweden with a home field advantage when the country hosts the Eurovision Song Contest 2016?
The process to find the next Melodifestivalen winner is starting, with the song submission period opening in September.
Ending September 16
From Tuesday, September 1, songwriters and composers can submit their bids to Swedish national broadcaster SVT through the Melodifestivalen website. The submission period is open until September 16, at 08.59.
Christer Björkman, Executive Producer and Swedish head of delegation, is confident in next year’s show. “We are so proud and happy over the victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Now we will recharge and bet on another top-placing, this time on a home field. As usual, we are looking for songs in various languages, genres, and styles. Diversity and variety are core elements of Melodifestivalen,” he said to SVT.se.
The submission period announcement also reveals that the format of the show will remain the same as last year, when the field of competing songs was cut down from 32 to 28. From the submitted songs, 14 will be selected to compete, while another 14 will be found through special invitation by SVT.
One of these songs will be given to the winner of Svensktoppen Nästa 2015, who will win a spot in the show in August and be the first known participant of Melodifesivalen 2016.
Melodifestivalen usually starts on the first Saturday of February. This year, Måns Zelmerlöw won the contest and brought a sixth Eurovision victory to Sweden, with his song “Heroes.”