Sweden: SVT to kick off Melodifestivalen 2020 song submissions on August 26th
The Melodifestivalen 2020 submissions window is set to open on August 26th.According to the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, the submissions of songs for Melodifestivalen 2020 will kick off on August 26th and last up to September 13th.
Interested acts and composers have time from August 26th until 11:59pm on September 13th to submit their entries. SVT outlines its target to select by at least 50% entries, to be written by female composers/lyricists, or by a team consisting of both male and female composers/lyricists. The interested acts can track more details on next year’s Melodifestivalen submission window here .
A total 28 artists will compete in the next edition of Melodifestivalen, among which one will be determined through P4 Nästa, which this year completes 60 years of existence and the organizers want to make an outstanding edition of the show.
The Eurovision Story so far
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 58 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests since then (1964, 1970 and 1976). Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through an annual televised competition, known since 1967 as Melodifestivalen. At the 1997 contest, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting. Sweden is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm (1975, 2000, 2016), twice in Malmö (1992, 2013) and once in Gothenburg (1985).
Sweden is one of the most successful competing nations at the Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of six victories, second only to Ireland’s seven wins, and 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).
In 2019 Sweden finished 6th at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 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.