After the confirmation that Sweden will be participating in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the search for Sweden’s next Eurovision entry commences, as the submission period for Melodifestivalen 2023 now opens. If you are one of the people interested in submitting an entry, you haven’t got long as submissions are only open until 11:59CET on September 16.
Melodifestivalen 2023 is now underway
28 songs will be competing to fight for the right to represent Sweden at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. 14 of the competing entries will be selected by a jury, from the submissions received, whilst the remaining 14 entries, will be specially invited by SVT or selected by SVT from the submitted entries.
Opening the submission to Melodifestivalen is a very important and fun part of the work with the program. Now we are entering a new phase and setting our sights on another lovely, hit strong and exciting season in 2023. I look forward to seeing all the contributions and to chiseling out 28 strong candidates. Here we go!Karin Gunnarsson (Competition Producer) on the opening of submissions (translated)
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since its debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2022, Sweden was represented by Cornelia Jakobs, who won the 61st edition of the competition and competed with the song “Hold Me Closer”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 4th with 438 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: SVT
Photo Source: EBU/ Corinne Cumming