Melodifestivalen 2019 will not kick off for another six months, but there’s already buzz surrounding next year’s edition. A total of 2,295 songs were submitted which are now being narrowed down to 28.
Least amount of songs since 2015
Sweden’s national selection has always generated plenty of interest from songwriters and singers alike. However, the amount of songs submitted ahead of next year’s contest were the lowest since 2015 when only 2,177 songs were sent in. Whether that’s a sign of waning interest remains unknown, but keep in mind that 2015 marked yet another Eurovision win for Sweden. The saying ‘quality over quantity’ has never been more accurate.
A possible explanation for the decrease in submitted entries may be that songwriters only send in their best work, while they maximized their chances by sending in a lot of songs in the past.
For reference, last year’s contest had 2,771 submitted entries. In 2011, a whopping 3,832 entries were submitted for consideration to compete. Since then, numbers have gone down, but in the last few years they’ve remained somewhat stable.
What to expect in Melodifestivalen 2019
So far, there is only one confirmed act for Melodifestivalen 2019. As ESCXTRA previously reported, The Lovers of Valdaro were selected as the wild card from P4 Nästa. What their entry is going to be is still unknown. It will be revealed with the other 27 selected entries later on.
We can probably expect the full line-up announcement sometime in November. Swedish newspapers tend to get names in advance, but we will have to wait for the press conference to know for sure. As per usual, ESCXTRA will keep you up to date as soon as more details are available.
Reading through the submission rules laid out by SVT, they aspire to have at least 10 competing entries sung in Swedish. Furthermore, Christer Björkman called for a diverse selection of songs when submissions opened, so it looks like there’ll be songs for all tastes – like always!
Sweden in Eurovision 2018
Benjamin Ingrosso represented Sweden in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. “Dance you off” proved to be a hit with the juries. Shockingly enough, it only scored 21 points from the public. In the end, Sweden managed to finish in a respectable 7th place.
Are you looking forward to Melodifestivalen 2019? Do you think it’ll be better or worse than this year’s edition? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.