A total of 2478 entries have been submitted to Melodifestivalen 2017, the Swedish national selection for Eurovision 2017. A total of 28 songs will participate in the competition that will be held between the beginning of February to mid-March.
The record for submitted entries is 3832 entries that was reached back in 2011, however in the last years the level has been stable on around 2500 entries. “This year we want to introduce as many new songwriters as possible. The reason that new songwriters are being interested in Melodifestivalen right now, is the success of last year’s entries in the charts”, says Christer Björkman, the Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen 2017.
Karin Gunnarsson will be responsible, for the first time, for the jury selection process as well as for the contact with the various songwriters and assisting sorting out the running order for the shows. She has been a member of the Melodifestivalen jury since 2013 and a music editor in the Swedish radio station P3 for more than ten years.
The competing artists and the respective songtitles will be revealed later this autumn.
Melodifestivalen 2017 will take place in the following dates and places:
- Semifinal 1 – 4 February, Scandinavium, Göteborg
- Semifinal 2 – 11 February, Malmö Arena, Malmö
- Semifinal 3 – 18 February, Vida Arena, Växjö
- Semifinal 4 – 25 February, Skellefteå Kraft Arena, Skellefteå
- Andra Chansen – 4 March, SAAB Arena, Linköping
- Final – 11 March, Friends Arena, Stockholm
The winner will go on to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 that will be held in Kyiv on 9, 11 and 13 May 2017.
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