SWEDEN – On July 2nd the Swedish broadcaster SVT reaffirmed their ambition to compete in Eurovision 2023 and published the method for submitting entries for Melodifestivalen. The Swedish national final is regularly viewed as one of the hardest national finals for Eurovision, owing to the SVT’s huge production budget, great interest from musicians in participation, and the wealth of songwriting talent available in Sweden.
SVT did post a few new regulations for Melodifestivalen that were not there last year. One new rule makes it clear that a competition entry cannot be arbitrarily cancelled once it has been chosen for the event. It is still unclear why this rule needs to be implemented. A new rule was introduced that specifies how the 28 entrants would be chosen for 2023: “14 of entries will be picked from the field of submissions by a jury panel, while the other 14 entries will be written by writers invited by SVT or from public submissions selected expressly by SVT.”
The announcement of which artists and songs were picked for Melodifestivalen 2023 will be released between November and December of this year, with the heats taking place from February 4th to 25th, the semi-final on March 4th, and the Grand Final on March 11th. Interested musicians or composers may submit their songs from August 26th to September 16th online through the official Melfest 2023 website.
During next year, SVT will re-use a number of the restrictions applied for the 2022 selection show. The restrictions that remain in force are as follows:
- There will be a total of 28 entries competing in the televised shows
- At least 10 of the shortlisted songs will contain lyrics entirely or mostly in Swedish
- At least 50% of the songs much include one or more females on the songwriting team (rule added in 2022)
- Song duration can be no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 3 minutes
- Only new works that have not previously been made available to the public – either by transfer to the public, public performance or other publication/distribution – may participate in the competition.
- The song language when submitting is optional. The language used for the submitted competition entry must also be used in the performance of Melodifestivalen 2022 unless SVT has announced otherwise
- Each performance is allowed up to 8 people on stage but will be reduced to 6 people per Eurovision rules upon winning
- Swedish citizens are allowed to submit entries, while non-Swedish residents may take part so long as one member of the songwriting team is a Swedish citizen
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