Sweden: 2824 songs submitted to Melodifestivalen 2023!

Today 16/9 was the last day of application for Melodifestivalen 2023. Through the contest’s official Instagram account, SVT confirmed that Melodifestivalen had accepted 2824 applications to participate in the show. Of the proposals submitted, only 14 will be selected through a professional jury, while another 14 will be selected by SVT and will directy participate at the semifinals.

Last year, around 2500 applications were submitted to the competition, which is about 300 fewer than this year. The list of participants will be published in November or December.

The dates of the shows are:

  • Heat 1: Gothenburg – Saturday 4 February 2023 (Scandinavium)
  • Heat 2: Linköping – Saturday 11 February 2023 (Saab Arena)
  • Heat 3: Lidköping – Saturday 18 February 2023 (Sparbanken Arena)
  • Heat 4: Malmö – Saturday 25 February 2023 (Malmö Arena)
  • Semi-final: Örnsköldsvik – Saturday 4 March 2023 (Hägglunds Arena)
  • Final: Stockholm – Satuday 11 March 2023 (Venue TBC)

Source: SVT

Ireland: Wild Youth want to represent Ireland in 2023!

Wild Youth is a band from Dublin with lots of radio and streaming hits and now Wild Youth have shown interest in repesenting Ireland at Eurovision song contest 2023!

Wild Youth want to write and perform Ireland’s song for Eurovsion 2023

On Friday 3 June, one of the band’s member Conor O’ Donohoe asked: “Can I write the Eurovision song for 2023 and can @bandwildyouth perform please”. Also to make sure that they will notice his tweet, he tagged Michael Kealy-RTÉ’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision. The official band account retweeted the post.

Fans replied quicly to their tweets, one tweeter advised “Don’t write a song “for eurovision”, people tend to have an outdated and basic view of it & songs which were not specifically written for eurovision have better results most of the time”. O’ Donohoe responded “I meant for the Eurovision entry. I wouldn’t write a song particularly for anything, I write songs I care about and love. That mean something to me”.

Moreover the Welsh classical singer Aled Jones, proposed that he’d join the writing process. O’Donohoe replied saying that he was down to duet. So far RTÉ has not responded to the series of tweets. However, Michael Kealy pressed the like button on the first tweet from O’Donohoe.

It is usual for Irish singers, especially in summer months, to expressed their willingness to join the Eurovision contenst. In 2021, Picture This shared their love for the contenst as Samantha Mumba did a few years ago. None of them ended up flying the Irish flag.

Who are Wild Youth?

Wild Youth is based in Dublin,Ireland and the members of the band are David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam. They make their debut in 2017, since then they are well known for their sad bangers and catchy choruses. They have made a lot of streaming and radio hits and have also rise up in the charts in Ireland.They’ve played dates across Ireland and the UK this year while also supporting Westlife and Lewis Capaldi on tour. Some of the most succesfull songs of them are  “Champagne Butterflies”, “Next To You” and “Can’t Move On”.

Would you like to see them represent Ireland at Eurovision 2023?

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