Despite one of the worst Swedish results ever in the Eurovision Song Contest, Swedish broadcaster SVT is looking forward to next year with renewed power. Swedish writers and composers are invited to submit their songs for Melodifestivalen 2006 before 20th September. The rules are similar to last year's rules, however some points are suggesting possible changes in the concept.
SVT looking for songs
Today, 6th June, Sweden is celebrating its National day. For the very first time it is an official public holiday, though, songwriters and composers who are interested in participating in Melodifestivalen 2006 can start working on their songs. They can be submitted until 20th September 2005. Last year, a record number of songs were submitted for the Swedish national selections.
Professionals from the music business and several juries will then have the difficult task to choose the 32 best songs out of the thousands of songs that will have been submitted for participation in Melodifestivalen 2006. All rules are available on SVT's website.
Changes in next year's Melodifestivalen concept?
Rumours have suggested that SVT planned for a decrease of the number of participating songs in next year's Melodifestivalen. The rules as published now only indicate possible small changes in the concept of Melodifestivalen 2006 .
A difference that might suggest changes is that SVT previously looked for 28 songs. Four songs were reserved for the so-called wild card spots, songs composed and written by people chosen directly by SVT. This year, all 32 spots seem to be available for songs submitted on the open call.
Another paragraph in the rules is stating that SVT has the right to increase the number of participating songs in the upcoming Melodifestivalen. A possible decrease of the number of participating songs however isn't mentioned.
More details on the future format of Meldifestivalen are expected to be revealed during the summer. Esctoday.com will continue to keep you updated about the preparations for Melodifestivalen 2006.