SVT has dropped plans to introduce a rule requiring at least one female lyricist or composer be involved in each song.
A rule change for Melodifestivalen 2022 has been scrapped just six months after it was originally announced. Rules for the 2022 edition of the Swedish Eurovision selection would have required every song submitted to the contest to include at least one female lyricist or composer.
Karin Gunnarson who is the competition producer explained that making it compulsory to have a female lyricist or composer was:
‘not so inspiring or creative, so we have changed the rules. Our ambition for a more equal Melodifestivalen remains and is something we will continue to work with’
Melodifestivalen has worked for a number of years to increase the number of female songwriters involved in the competition. In 2014 the rules were changed to state 20% of entries must have a female lyricist or composer. The rules state currently that 50% of songs in the contest must have a female lyricist or composer.
The last edition of Melodifestivalen saw a total of 21 female songwriters take part, while 79 men competed as songwriters.
Image Source: Robin Lorentz-Allard / Source: SVT
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.