In recent years the line up for the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, was opened to public participation through the internet in a so called Webbjoker competition. After this method proved unsuccesful, this year two new competitions were created.
First an artist's competition called Svensktoppen Nästa which, as we reported, was won by Terese Fredenwall and now this contest for non-established composers called Allmänhetens Tävling in which Island by Elin Petersson was voted as the winner among 647 entries.
To participate in Melodifestivalen was not exactly the idea I had in mind when I was sitting there in my apartment writing the song
"When I sent it in, I told everyone who knew about it that it wouldn't have any hope; it was impossible. But then the producer of Melodifestivalen Christer Björkman phoned with the news", explains Elin. She had also sent a song for 2012 that wasn't chosen. Elin doesn't consider herself a fan of the contest, but she follows it every year since she was a kid.
About the winning song, Island, Petersson says "it is in English and the title has a special role, even though it's never pronounced in the song". And she continues: "I think it's positive in that I both wrote the song and possibly will perform it. I knew that it was something with this song which was direct and simple, and although simple and sweet, it is a strong melody that sticks directly".
As the host country, Sweden is directly qualified for the Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and will choose it's entry through the extremely popular Melodifestivalen in which Island will be one of the 32 participating songs.