Preparations are underway for Melodifestivalen 2023, with applications opening on August 26. Once again, the event selects Sweden’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
Swedish public broadcaster SVT released rules for applications. Non-Swedish residents or citizens will be accepted, provided that among the authors there is at least one Swedish citizen and/or resident. However, those from Swedish nationality or residence cannot participate if they are employees or contractors for SVT.
It is stipulated that of the 28 selected songs, ten will be in the Swedish language in its lyrics, however, the songs can be sent with the lyrics in any language. Another guiding principle for the song selection is that at least 50 percent of the entries will have women as lyricists and/or composers.
The names of the selected entries and composers will be revealed in November or December. The songs must be between two and three minutes long and eight elements will be allowed on the stage of Melodifestivalen 2023 (altought the winner will have to reduce to six at the ESC due to the rules).
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