SWEDEN – Despite the gossip surrounding how things are made over there, Melodifestivalen remains the most popular national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest among European and International fans. It is also considered prestigious and a true guide for the contest itself.
The 2021 edition under the pandemic crisis has been adjusted. Already SVT announced that all shows will take place in Stockholm (either from a big studio or a venue suitable to comply with the protection from COVID-19 rules).
The four semi-finals, the final and the second chance will be recorded in a studio without an audience. The decision was made a couple of weeks ago, according to Anette Helenius, project manager for the Melodifestivalen.
At the moment, you are not allowed to arrange events for a larger audience and no one knows what it will look like after the turn of the year. Therefore, it is not possible for either SVT, host cities or tour coordinators to plan for a tour in 2021, she says in a press release.
It has previously been rumoured that David Sundin would lead the Melodifestivalen this spring. That is not true, says Anette Helenius to DN:
– What I can say is that there will be even more presenters than usual, new faces every week.
The final of this year’s Melodifestivalen was held as usual in front of an audience in a packed Friends arena with 28,000 spectators. It also became the last major event with an audience before the strict corona restrictions were imposed. The pandemic also put an end to the Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled altogether. Since August, SVT team for the event has started preparations:
– It will be a Melodifestival and we will do it in a responsible way, said back then, SVT’s CEO Hanna Stjärne.
06.02.2021 – FIRST SEMI-FINAL
13.02.2021 – SECOND SEMI-FINAL
20.02.2021 – THIRD SEMI-FINAL
27.02.2021 – FOURTH SEMI-FINAL
06.03.2021 – SECOND CHANCE
13.03.2021 – FINAL