In this TV-competition 32 songs take part. Sixteen will be chosen by a jury from the 2915 that have been sent to the regular competition. One more will be chosen from the 570 that have applied for the "Web Joker", making a grand total of 3485 submitted songs. The remaining fifteen entries are invited especially by the Swedish broadcaster, SVT.
The number might look high for a country with about 9,5 million inhabitants, but we should remember that the national selection for Eurovision is Sweden's biggest show of the year with over 3 million viewers for the weekly TV shows and a #1 compilation which usually becomes the biggest selling album of the year.
The "Web Joker" entry
The number of songs submitted for the "Web Joker", 570, is up from previous years to what the Project Manager for Melodifestivalen 2012, Thomas Hall, says "we welcome the increase of entries for the Web Joker and that we continue to be at a very high level of quantity and quality".
"Web Joker" is a wildcard entry chosen on SVT's website starting next Monday the 3rd of October. It's like a mini version of the big Melodifestivalen with four rounds and a final. Unlike last year there will be a winner instead of two.
The show's personnel
In charge of making the TV shows a success are next year's appointed Content Managers Henrik Johnson and Edward af Sillén who will write the scripts. Both are enthusiasts of the show and Edward is also SVT's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Contest Producer and member of the EBU's Reference Group, Christer Björkman, has already started the preparations. As we can see in the picture above, his whiteboard with the 32 empty places is ready to be completed.
About the overall number of applicant songs, which has gone down from last year, Christer says "the number has no intrinsic value on itself, it is the quality of the songs that matter; and based on what we've heard so far, it feels indredibly good".
The parade of songs starts in Växjö the 4th of February next year with the Final being held at Globen in Stockholm the 10th of March. This year Sweden came in 3rd place in the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf thanks to Eric Saade's brilliant rendition of Popular.