On the 13th of March, the national final most beloved by fans, Melodifestivalen, came to the end with the victory of a debutant Tusse with his song Voices.
On the 15th of March, Gustav Dahlander, the Swedish journalist who is also a Melodifestivalen expert online, posted on Twitter that the last night of the competition was watched by about 3,6 million Swedish viewers, and that means that over 80% of Swedish citizens watching TV that night were watching this festival. This is the best outcome for SVT since 2013. Did the Covid-19 pandemic help the Broadcaster to achieve that?
3,625,000 broadcast viewers for the #Melfest final in SVT1 – 81,1% of the people watching TV in Sweden at that time was watching the show, best since 2013! Best viewing figure for the final since 2017, as well as for the accumulated viewing figure for the 6-episode series. pic.twitter.com/pgVsBeuWU7— Gustav Dahlander (@GustavDahlander) March 15, 2021
Sweden in Eurovision
Since making its debut in the 1958 contest, Sweden has taken part in 59 editions. For every edition since 1959 Sweden has used their popular national final format Melodifestivalen. Sweden has 6 Eurovision wins, in 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and Sweden’s latest win was in 2015 with Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes. Sweden hosted the contest 6 times as well, in 1975, 1985, 1992, 2000, 2013 and 2016. Some of Sweden’s most memorable entries include Waterloo (1974), Popular (2011) and Undo (2014). The Mamas won Melodifestivalen 2020 and were due to sing their song Move in Rotterdam before the contest got cancelled. Tusse will sing Voices for Sweden in the first half of the first Semi Final on the 18th May in Rotterdam.
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