Empty Room… Melodifestivalen 2021 to proceed with no audience

| October 7, 2020

What we know about Melodifestivalen 2021 so far

Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) has announced that Melodifestivalen 2021 will continue to be broadcasted but without a live audience. This announcement comes as part of Sweden’s combat against COVID-19.

Previously, SVT also announced that the traditional Melodifestivalen tour around the country will be dropped and all 6 shows will be held in Stockholm in 2021. Anette Helenius, project manager for Melodifestivalen provided a reason for this arrangement:

There is too much risk for a tour. The purpose of the tour is to be able to meet the audience. We can’t do that based on what we know today
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Anette Helenius

The venue for Melodifestivalen 2021 in Stockholm has yet to be confirmed as of writing. However, Anette also confirmed that the show will not be held in a TV studio.

(The show will still be big) but we believe that a regular TV studio will be too small. On the other hand, we don’t want to be in a big arena with no audience
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Anette Helenius

The first show for Melodifestivalen 2021 will be on 6th February, which means that the likely timeline for the whole event is as follow:

Heat 1: 6th February
Heat 2: 13th February
Heat 3: 20 February
Heat 4: 27th February
Andra Chansen: 6th March
Final: 13th March

What is Melodifestivalen?

Melodifestivalen, otherwise known affectionately as Melfest, is an annual Swedish song contest organised by SVT and Sveriges Radio (SR) to determine the country’s representative for Eurovision Song Contest. It has been staged almost every year since 1959. The winner for Melodifestivalen is chosen by a panel of jurors and public voting, both of which have an equal influence over the final outcome.

The festival has produced 6 Eurovision winners and 24 top-five placing for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest to date. Memorable entries include Waterloo (1974); Den Vilda (1996), Euphoria (2012) and Undo (2014). The Mamas won Melodifestivalen 2020, and were due to sing their song Move in Rotterdam before the contest got cancelled. 

What are you looking forward to for Melodifestivalen 2021? Are there any artistes you would like to see return to Melodifestivalen 2021? Let us know in the comments below! 

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