Melodifestivalen is one of the highlights of the national final season for many Eurovision fans. However, next year’s Melfest may look a bit different than we’re used to. The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported earlier today that Melodifestivalen 2021 will not consist of the usual tour all over Sweden, which has been a tradition since 2002. Instead, all six shows will be aired from the capital Stockholm, due to the currently ongoing pandemic. The venue in Stockholm and if there will be audience in attendance is still unknown.
But it is not all sad news for Melfest fans! Aftonbladet also revealed that David Sundin, one of the 2020 hosts, is set to return as a host for next year. Who would join him as host, or if he’ll be hosting alone, is not yet known. Although, it should be mentioned that all of the information mentioned by Aftonbladet is yet to be confirmed by SVT, so exactly how Melodifestivalen 2021 will look like is yet to be seen.
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. On top of 6 wins, Sweden also has one second place and six three places. Some of Sweden’s most memorable entries from Sweden include 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.
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