Wrap up this years Melodifestivalen

First of all this years Melfest was a step forward after a few years of not so fun TV shows so for that kudos SVT. This before I give my views on what I think need to change to keep Melodifestivalen as the main annual TV event. And let me point out that this is only my views no others even if I appreciate if someone might think the same.

The 6 week tour. Even if winter is awful six weeks are to long time. One solution might be to once again try to have the contest on Fridays. Why? 6 Saturdays blocked in the calendar for us who want to see it all kind of block you’re weekends. But even if Fridays is an option I still think the best idea is to shorten the tour.

I want a three week contest where 10 songs compete week 1 and 10 songs week 2, place 1 to 4 reach the finals and meet 4 jokers, a total of, as today, 12 songs in the final. The jokers will be chosen by SVT based on different themes for the jokers. Can be only female songwriters, songs in the Swedish official minority languages, composers with the most songs on Svensktoppen the year before etc etc. This way the tour is shorten by three weeks and the second chance contest is finally history.

If SVT plan to continue with the six week tour at least change the Second chance to a normal vote and scrap the duels.

At once, with or without a 6 week Melodifestivalen tour, put in the rules that no composer can enter with more than max 2 songs. I would even take it one step further and add “No composer can enter Melodifestivalen with more than 2 songs and cannot compete with any songs in other countries selections or compete for other country in Eurovision”. Its only my opinion and most likely not something that ever will happen. But a max 2 songs in the selection can happen and should to get more composers in the mix.

Go back to have the same rules in Melodifestivalen as in Eurovision, no pre recorder choirs and 6 people on stage. The risk to see a winner in Sweden that on the Eurovision stage will be a completely different song after changes to follow the Eurovision rules are to high even if Sweden mostly managed to avoid what happened with “La Voix” in Russia.

When talking about how many votes received do not count the “heart app” votes. Of course it will be records over and over again cause people can vote via the app. For me take the app away from the voting, but I think the app is here to stay. But tell the viewers X votes from the app and X votes by phone, total: X votes.

And learn from 2019 and keep the voting exciting and don’t rush it. The rush this year took away all the fun with the voting.

But overall the 2019 edition of Melodifestivalen was better than 2017 and 2018 and the winner was more than OK so lets wait for Tel Aviv and Eurovision in May and next years Melfest.

Björn

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