Not long ago, we reported that Norway had received a record number of song submissions for their Eurovision 2018 national final. Neighbours Sweden have also shown very keen interest in the 2018 Eurovision season, with no less than 2771 entries for the iconic national final Melodifestivalen.
The submission period didn’t last too long, with the entry period beginning on the first day of September, while finishing just after two weeks later. Most of the entries submitted were through the open competition, while a smaller proportion were submitted through the music industry. This year marked the highest number of submissions since 2012!
Now the hard part of the process begins, trying to get this incredible number of submissions to just 28 songs that will feature as part of Melodifestivalen 2018. 14 of these songs will come from the open submissions, while 13 will be from invited artists. One lucky artist has already been guaranteed a spot in the competition, with that being Stiko Per Larsson, who was the winner of P4 Nästa.
We’re also waiting to hear who will host the competition, but also in which cities the competition will be held. It’s likely that Stockholm will be the host of the final show, but we’ll have to wait until the announcement to be sure!
Which Swedish artists do you want to see at Melodifestivalen in 2018?