Swedish public broadcaster SVT will open the submissions window for Melodifestivalen 2022 on August 24 2021. Songwriters and artists will have the opportunity to send in their songs for the competition until September 17.
The broadcaster has also confirmed that Melodifestivalen will be used to select Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. A total of 28 songs will compete in Melodifestivalen 2022. 14 songs will be chosen directly from the submissions process by a selected jury and 14 songs by artists or songwriters that have been invited to compete, or songs that SVT has chosen from the songs that were sent in.
SVT is determined to give priority to 10 songs out of the total competing songs if they are mainly written in Swedish. The same melody of a song can be submitted with lyrics in different languages. However, if the selected song wins Melodifestivalen, it is the broadcaster that decides in which language the song has to be performed.
Swedish citizens are allowed to send in songs for the competition; foreign songwriters are also allowed to submit an entry if it has at least one Swedish composer/lyricist. The broadcaster aims that at least 50% of the composers and lyricists competing are female.
SVT will announce the competing acts at some point after November 25th 2021.
Source: Melodifestivalen.se / Image 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.