SVT – the broadcaster responsible for the Swedish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest – confirmed their 2023 participation back in June. Between August 26 and September 16, the song submission window was open for Melodifestivalen 2023.
Via their Instagram page, SVT revealed that they have received a total of 2,824 submissions for Melodifestivalen 2023, marking the highest number of submissions in a decade.
These submissions will be whittled down to 28 entries – 14 of which will be selected by a jury, while the broadcaster will select the remaining 14. According to the announcement, a list of the shortlisted entries will be revealed by the end of Autumn.
Incredible! Wow. I am so proud to be able to work with Melodifestivalen and that interest in the competition is increasing… Now the work begins with listening, sifting and preparing the next step in the selection process in order to produce a lovely, witty and entertaining starting field. We are really keen to get hold of all contributions.Karin Gunnarsson, Show Producer of Melodifestivalen
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. 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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