SVT have confirmed that they will not make any changes to the current Melodifestivalen format for next year’s contest.
Christer Björkman, producer of Melodifestivalen, stated:
After an intensive year in Melodifestivalen with another top five position for Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest we now look forward to a new season of Melodifestivalen on tour around Sweden. As always, we want breadth, diversity and variety and that is why we call for songs in different languages, genres and styles.”
As with last year’s contest, 28 entries will compete in Melodifestivalen 2018. Songwriters will be able to upload sound files to the official Melodifestivalen website from September 1st until September 18th at 17:59 CET. There are two submission contests on the site. The Regular contest will be open to entries that have at least one songwriter that already has had a musical work published, while the Public contest will accept entries from songwriters without previously published musical work. 14 entries will be chosen from these two contests. 13 more entries will be selected by SVT via special invitations to artists and songwriters. The final entry will come from the winning artist in Svensktoppen nästa 2017, organised by Sveriges Radio P4.
Robin Bengtsson finished fifth in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017 with the song “I Can’t Go On”. The song finished 3rd with the juries scoring 218 points and 8th with the public on 126 points, in total he scored 344 points.
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Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.