Swedish broadcaster SVT have revealed 2,545 songs were entered for the 2020 edition of Melodifestivalen, an increase of 250 from the year before. The submission period has just been closed.
The next stage involves a jury selecting 13 songs to qualify for the contest, with the remaining songs selected by SVT. One of the spots is already taken by the artist Amanda Aasa, chosen via the P4 Nästa contest.
This year’s figure of songs is consistent with the last 7 years of submissions. Last year 2,295 songs were submitted. In the past submissions reached at their height nearly 4,000 songs, which caused SVT to take steps to encourage songwriters to prioritise quality before quantity.
The 2020 edition of Melodifestivalen kicks off on 1 February in Linköping for the first semi final. It will also be held in Gothenburg, Luleå, Malmö, Eskilstuna and Stockholm for the grand final on 7 March.
The dates and locations for this year’s Melodifestivalen are as follows:
SF1: 1 February (Linköping)
SF2: 8 February (Gothenburg)
SF3: 15 February (Luleå)
SF4: 22 February (Malmö)
Andra Chansen: 29 February (Eskilstuna)
Grand Final: 7 March (Stockholm)
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