SWEDEN – It will be the first time since 2002 there will be new format changes in the show as Melodifestivalen’s Executive Producer Anette Helenius revealed some interesting things.
Speaking to Dagens Nyheter we got to know what is happening in the 2021 Melodifestivalen edition and what to expect.
Anette Helenius says that the decision not to hold the regular Melodifestivalen tour in various cities in the country was taken a few weeks ago, taking into account the pandemic situation in Sweden and in cooperation with the competent authorities.
All the necessary measures will be taken, while the artists and those who still participate in Melodifestivalen 2021, will undergo a rapid test upon entering the venue where the competition will take place.
Although it was initially considered to choose a city other than Stockholm, it was decided that it would be safer but also more functional to choose the capital, since most people live there and thus avoid extra travel.
The absence of the public is clearly important, but it will enable SVT to make some new and innovating choices, which with the presence of the public would be impossible.
The presenters have not yet been selected, but there will be different ones different each week, wanting to give a separate identity to each of the six nights of the show.
NE FORMAT IN 2022
Along with the changes that will take place this year in Melodifestivalen due to COVID-19, the production team is working on some other changes, which will be permanent and will be implemented from 2022. This practically means that for the first time since 2002 we will have significant changes in the format of Melodifestivalen.
∙ The decision for no Melfest tour was taken a few weeks ago
∙ 2021 artists will take rapid tests throughout the procedure
∙ Stockholm was chosen for safety and accessibility to all artists
∙ Lack of an audience will challenge SVT to use some new ideas
∙ Each week there will be different hosts in all six shows
∙ There will be permanent changes as of the 2020 edition
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