Sweden: A total of 2,530 entries submitted for Melodifestivalen 2022
The Swedish national broadcaster, SVT, has revealed that a total of 2530 entries have been submitted for the 2022 edition of Melodifestivalen.
The submission period for Melodifestivalen closed last Friday and the number of entries sent in for the next edition of what is Sweden Eurovision national selection confirms why the Melodifestivalen is one of the major national selection shows in Europe. A total of 2530 songs were submitted for Melfest 2022 which are 217 less than last year's submission and about the same with the number in 2020 (2545).
A total of 28 entries compete in the Melodifestivalen 2021. The selection jury selects 14 songs from the submitted entries, the other 14 entries are selected by SVT from songs by artists or songwriters that have been invited to compete, or songs that SVT has chosen from the submissions. Later this autumn, it will be announced which songs and artists will compete in the Melodifestivalen 2022.
Oscar Zia will host the next edtion of Melodifestivalen which will unfold on the following dates and respective locations:
- 05/02/2022 – 1st Semifinal (Malmo/Malmo Arena)
- 12/02/2022 - 2nd Semifinal (Gothenburg/ Scandinavium)
- 19/02/2022 - 3rd Semifinal (Linköping / Saab Arena)
- 26/02/2022 - 4th Semifinal (Lidköping / Sparbanken Arena)
- 05/03/2022 - Second Chance Semifinal ( Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena)
- 12/03/2022 - Grand Final ( Stockholm/ Friends Arena)
Sweden in Eurovision
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests (1964, 1970 and 1976). 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, 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).
In 2019 John Lundvik represented the country with his song “Too Late For Love”,achieving another top 5 placing for Sweden as he finished 5th overall with 334 points. Last year The Mamas won the Melodifestivalen 2020 and earned the right to represent Sweden in Rotterdam with their entry "Move" . Unfortunately for them, the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and The Mamas never had the chance to perform in Rotterdam Ahoy.
This year Tusse won Melodifestivalen 2021 with his song 'Voices' and went on representing the Nordic country in Rotterdam. After qualifying from the 1st semi final, he finished 14th in the Grand final with a total of 109 points in the overall score.
News Source: ESCToday