The deadline of sending in Melodifestivalen songs have passed. This year 2177 songs (444 to the publics competition) were sent in, a number which is quite low for Sweden. Most songs were sent in 2011 with 3 832 songs (including 424 webbjokers). Christer Björkman says that the number of submissions this year is lower than before but they are pleased that the songwriters have listened to them when they asked them to cull hard.
Björkman also hope that the producers have put in harder work into the Schlager genre that has disappeared more and more from Melodifestivalen the last 10 years. “I hope that we get back a high level of Schlager music this year, it’s an old tradition that haven’t been that popular the latest years, we are searching for sing-along songs.”
Shortly the selected panel will sit down and chose which songs that will compete in Melodifestivalen 2015. As we know we already have one name that will compete in 2015, Kalle Johansson the 17 year old guy that won the competition “Svensktoppen nästa”.
Picture courtesy: Andreas Bardell