SVT has recently dropped a couple of bombshells on us regarding Melodifestivalen this year. They first revealed that Melodifestivalen veteran and mother to Eurovision alumni Benjamin Ingrosso, Pernilla Wahlgren, has been added to the hosting roster for Melodifestivalen this year. She will be hosting Semi Final 4 alongside Per Andersson. You can check out their announcement below.
Pernilla Wahlgren has had a long history in taking part in the Swedish national selection, participating for the first time in 1985 with the song Piccadilly Circus, placing 4th. She also took part in 1991, 2003 alongside Jan Johansen, 2010 and in 2013 as part of the group Swedish House Wives. This will be the first time where she is the presenter of the show.
It has also been revealed that we won’t be waiting much longer for the running order for this year’s Melodifestivalen. The running order is set to be revealed on Wednesday 13th January at 07:45 CET! All the 28 artists have been revealed for this year, with the line up including Melfest returnees such as Eric Saade, Danny Saucedo, The Mamas and Dotter to name a few. Stay tuned to find out which Semi Final each artist will be performing in and in what slot!
Mello monsters! Tmrw 07.45 CET on our Instagram (Melodifestivalen) we will go live and release the start orders for Melodifestivalen 2021. So follow us and set an alarm! ✨✨✨🇸🇪— Melodifestivalen (en) (@melfest_en) January 12, 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.
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