Melodifestivalen – Love it or Loathe it, you will tune into SVT when Sweden looks to try to find another winner at Eurovision. Thankfully we love it here so we were excited when the first details of the 2015 edition of the contest were announced yesterday.
Last year SVT (Swedish National Broadcaster) made it compulsory to have at least 20% female composers of the songs in the contest. Well the politically correct country has increased that figure this year to 50% this year.
Also expect to hear more songs sung in Swedish too as SVT has stated that a minimum of 30% of the songs must be performed in the native language. The last time we saw a Swedish sung song at Eurovision was in 1998 when Jill Johson sang the song “Kärleken är” which came 10th.
The last time that a Swedish song came close to representing the country at Eurovision was in 2009 when Caroline af Ugglas came a very close second with the stunning ‘Snälla snälla’.
Entries can be submitted from September 1st to 16th – Full details can be found HERE
Melodifestivalen is always exciting to see what singers enter the contest. This year saw Greek Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou and 90’s star Dr Alban enter. Other names that have reformed especially for the contest are Alcazar and Army of Lovers.
So who is due a return or a revival at Melodifestivalen next year? Oh we would love to see Ace of Base, Roxette or Robyn. It is time to hear and SEE more of Danny Saucedo one thinks.
We actually met with Mr Christer Bjorkman (the creator of the modern Melodifestivalen) in Copenhagen where we spoke of the contest and the importance of a national selection – check it out
Sweden is open for business for Eurovision 2015 so get writing!
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : SVT