Melodifestivalen is a popular fixture in every Eurovision fan’s schedule. With a lot of work that is required in order to organise it. Which is why, it’s no surprise that work on the 2021 edition has already begun. The rules for the 2021 competition has been revealed; with submissions set to open later in the summer.
Submissions to open on August 24
Interested artists are able to submit their Melodifestivalen entries at www.melodifestivalen.se (you are able to head there now and sign-up to get a reminder when submissions open); and will open at 24th August and will close on the 16th September at 11:59 AM.
Since 2015, Melodifestivalen has selected 28 participants in order to find it’s Eurovision representative; this will remain intact for the 2021 edition of the competition.
In addition; SVT is also aiming to have at least 50% of selected contest entries should be exclusively female composers / copywriters or have both female and male composers / copywriters. They have confirmed that in 2022 they are intending to add a rule where if the song has multiple writers, they should have at least one female composer/writer.
You are able to read the rules for Melodifestivalen 2021 by clicking right here.
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden has participated in the contest 59 times since its debut in 1958. They have missed only three contests since their debut (1964, 1970 and 1976). Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through Melodifestivalen. In 1997, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting, and have continued to innovate the technology behind the contest whenever they host.
Sweden is one of the most successful countries at contest, winning six contests so far. Notably, their wins span their participation history; their victories span five decades with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson (1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015). They currently have the the second-highest number of wins, behind Ireland’s seven.
In 2020, Sweden was set to be represented by The Mamas, after they won Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song ‘Move’. Unfortunately, the contest was cancelled.
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