The Swedish national broadcaster, SVT, has started receiving candidate entries for the next edition of Melodifestivalen 2021. 

SVT has opened the submission window for all acts that ambition to represent Swden in Eurovision 2021.  As announced back in May, SVT has opened the submission period for the next edition of Melodifestivalen in 2021.

The Submission period

Act that interested in participating in the next Melodifestivalen should sent in their songs www.melodifestivalen.se. The submission window opens officiallly on August 24 and will close on September 16 at 11.59 am.

With a total of 28 contestants being selected in each edtion since 2015, this year SVT plans to have a 50% of the entries  with only a female composer or include both male and femaly composers or songwriters.

You can read the rules for the Melodifestivalen 2021 here.

The Eurovision story so far

Sweden has partaken in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests (1964, 1970 and 1976).

The Scandinavian country is one of the most successful  nations in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of 6 victories, just one win behind Ireland. The country has the most top five results of the 21st century, with thirteen. In total, Sweden has achieved 24 top five results in the contest. After finishing second with Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson in 1966, Sweden went on to achieve its six victories with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson(1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).

This year The Mamas won the Melodifestivalen 2020 with their entry “Move” and together the right to represent the Scandinavian country at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Unfortunately for them the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic depirving them the chance to perform in The Netherlands.