For almost a decade, Sweden’s Radio song competition P4 Nästa has offered a wildcard spot in Melodifestivalen for the upcoming year. However, with the 2021 edition coming up later this year, Swedish broadcaster SVT has confirmed that this collaboration has been “on hold” for this year.
Since 2012, one finalist of P4 Nästa has been granted a slot in Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s Super Show national selection for Eurovision. Although, a P4 Nästa wildcard has yet to advance to the second chance round, let alone the final.
The possible end to this agreement was first uncovered by Swedish blog ESC Panelen, who noticed that the rules for P4 Nästa 2021 did not include any information about a Melodifestivalen wildcard. The blog then reached out to Maths Broborg, P4 Nästa’s project manager, who confirmed that the wildcard will not be on the table for 2021 entrants to Melodifestivalen 2022. SVT later confirmed that the wildcard had indeed been “on hold” for this year.
Adding to this, P4 Nästa 2021 participants can still participate in Melodifestivalen 2022, but will have to enter along with everyone else as part of the selection’s submission process.
What do you think about this decision? Are you sad to see P4 Nästa and Melodifestivalen ending their collaboration? Let us know in the comments!
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