Tuesday, July 04, 2017

EUROVISION 2018: SWISS GO SWEDISH, DENMARK REVAMPS, FRANCE AND MALTA HAVE AN OPEN CALL... THE NATIONAL FINAL ROUND UP

While Sweden with Melodifestivalen and Finland with UMK approach Eurovision song contest 2018 with "business as usual" meaning now major changes to the selection or rules, Denmark is having a DMGP revamp. They will be focusing more on the staging  so more of a show and less of a song in sight again, and the submission period will be open all year around! However only songs submitted before September 15, 2017 will be considered for the 2018 contest. Send your song on September 16 for the 2019 instead in short. They also want more polished and studio recorded version and all that. 
France has also launched the search already and will be having a national final. Good luck with that!
Malta is in full swing, too. Send your entry before September 1 and pay 150 euros for the submission fee. Out of the submission a local jury will pick up 60 songs. Then a mixed local and international jury will shortliste them to 30. And then finally they will be only 16 and there will be only televote like this year for the first time. If a singer has more than one song (s)he must choose one, and the writers of the other one find another singer for it. The singer must be Maltese but the songwriters can be anything. Like Swedish. 
A curious note is the songs may not be released before November 1, 2017! That means they can be released and played and maybe become hits before the January 2018 final? Interesting....
Switzerland is so desperate they have hired Christer Björkman and Martin Österdahl to assist in the organizing the national selection. Wild guess: Most of the songs will be made in Sweden. Sadly.
Austria goes internal again. Submission period is open until the end of August. 

So far Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland have officially confirmed to be taking part, or have announced their plans for the national final for 2018 Eurovision song contest. 

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