Are you ready for some Eurovision 2023 news? After confirming their Eurovision 2023 participation a few weeks ago, Swedish national broadcaster, SVT is preparing to choose their 2023 entrant. It is now official that submissions for the Swedish National Final, Melodifestivalen, will open on 26 August.
Preparations for Eurovision 2023 appear to be well underway in Sweden, as SVT is gearing to welcome submissions from all over the country for the 2023 edition of Melodifestivalen. The submission window will be open from 26 August until 16 September 2022. After various rounds and a Grand Final, the ultimate winner of the competition will have the honour of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The selected entries, along with songwriters and their lyricists, is likely to be published by SVT from November-December 2022.
Melodifestivalen Selection Rules
SVT also published a list of rules for the 2023 selection. Some of them include the following:
- 28 entries will compete
- SVT is striving to include at least 10 songs that are predominantly in the Swedish language
- Swedish citizens and residents (as of August 26 2022) may take part as composer and lyricists.
- SVT also welcomes non-Swedish citizens or residents to participate. This is as long as their entry has at least one Swedish songwriter or lyricists
- SVT hopes to have 50% of its total entries written by female songwriters or lyricists
- Each entry must have a maximum of 8 people on stage. In the event the entry is selected, only 6 may participate at Eurovision (in accordance with EBU rules)
- Entries to the competition must not have been previously made available to the public
- All competitors must enter on the grounds that they are prepared to participate at Eurovision
A full list of the rules, in Swedish, can be found here.
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden is one of the contest’s strongest performing nations, with a total of six wins under their belt. Two of these have occurred in the past 10 years alone, with Loreen’s “Euphoria” in 2012 and Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015 with “Heroes”. At the 2022 contest, Cornelia Jakobs led Sweden to their best result since 2015, despite the country achieving numerous top 10 results in the years following Måns’s victory. Her intimate yet powerful performance of “Hold Me Closer” placed 4th in the Grand Final, achieving a total of 438 points. Who will be Cornelia’s successor, and will they lead Sweden to an even better placing in 2023?
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