A total of 2,545 songs have been submitted to compete in Melodifestivalen 2020, all hoping to make it to the Eurovision stage.
SVT has confirmed that a total of 2,545 songs have been submitted to compete in the 2020 edition of Melodifestivalen. The number of songs submitted to the Swedish national broadcaster has increased by 250 songs, compared to the 2019 selection process.
The show will start in Linköping on February 1st, and finish in Stockholm on March 7th. Tickets for all six shows will be released at 9am on October 31st. The dates are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 (Linköping) – February 1st
- Semi-Final 2 (Gothenburg) – February 8th
- Semi-Final 3 (Luleå) – February 15th
- Semi-Final 4 (Malmö) – February 22nd
- Andra Chansen (Eskilstuna) – February 29th
- Final (Stockholm) – March 7th
A total of 28 artists will compete in the 2020 edition of Melodifestivalen. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the show, and the SVT has promised that it will be “extraordinary”.
Sweden finished 6th at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sweden was represented by John Lundvik with the song “Too Late For Love”, and came second in the jury voting with 241 points, but came 9th in the televote with 93 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.