Sweden is looking forward to Israel as SVT confirms the opening of the submissions window for Melodifestivalen 2019.
From the 31st of August the search for Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will get underway. For a period of three weeks the public will be able to submit their songs in to Melodifestivalen 2019. Christer Björkman the Producer of Melodifestivalen gave his thoughts on next years selection;
After an intense Melodifestivalen year with yet another top spot for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest, we are now looking forward to a new season of the Melodifestivalen on a tour around Sweden. As usual, the breadth, variety and variety we want and therefore we are looking for songs in different languages, genres and styles
28 songs will compete in Melodifestivalen. 14 will be selected by a panel from the public submissions process. The other 14 songs will be chosen by SVT directly, these songs are either through invitation or from the public submissions process. As ever the winner of P4 Nästa will be guaranteed one of the spots in the Melodifestivalen line up.
Benjamin Ingrosso represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal last week. At the Grand Final, he placed 7th with 274 points. Sweden recorded their worst result in a televote for a decade finishing 23rd with the public and scoring just 21 points.
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.