Submissions for National Eurovision Finals across Europe are growing. Many countries have opened their selection process with surges in the number of songs being sent to National Broadcasters. Some have now closed the application process.
Submission have now closed for Melodifestivalen 2014 this morning at 9am (CET). According to Mr Christer Björkman (Producer of Melodifestivalen 2014) SVT has received in total 2628 entries for the contest. This is extremely encouraging as it is an increase on the figures for 2013 when Sweden were the Eurovision Host Nation. Melodifestivalen 2013 received 2549 entries.
Commenting on SVT, Mr Björkman said
“It’s fun to see the commitment (of the songwriters) and although there are few more entries than last year, it is a manageable number of submission”
Next stage is for a Jury to select 15 songs from the 2628 to proceed to the heats of Melodifestivalen 2014, along with the band EKO whom have already secured their place in the contest by winning “Svensktoppen Nästa 2013″ – see here
A further 16 songs will be selected for Melodifestivalen 2014 by invitation from SVT to take part.
Then comes the 6 week festival of 4 heats, a second chance semi final and then the Grand Final – see here
Last Saturday saw the close of submissions for MGP 2014 – the Norwegian National Eurovision Selection Process. 600 entries were submitted to the broadcaster and these along with specially invited artists will make up the show for 2014.
NRK’s preselection process will consist of 3 weekly television programmes showcasing the 5 acts for consideration that week. 3 acts will progress to the Grand Final. NRK’s project manager for MGP – Vivi Stenberg – has conformed that there are some familiar faces that have submitted entries for the National Selection. It all looks positive for Norway.
Norway are certainly hoping to reproduce the success at this year’s contest where Margaret Berger placed 4th in the Grand Final with the electro pop hit “I Feed You My Love”
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : SVT, NRK, Eurovisionary, esctoday and Eurovision Ireland