Swedish Television, SVT, has released some pictures of how the Melodifestivalen 2014 stage will look. Portable pannels and more lights and colours are some major characteristics of the futuristic plan from production designer Viktor Brattström.
For the next six weeks, artists will have the opportunity to sing on a floating scene. There will be also portable LED lights, which will give the stage a unique look—and one that can be changed constantly. “We have also removed the green-room, from the back to the right edge of the arena,” Brattström told SVT. “This will give a different look from last year’s standards.”
For the final—to be held in Friends Arena, Stockholm—the stage, as well as its effects, will be expanded to fill the room. It’ll basically be the semi-finals on steroids.
SVT has also released a sneak peak of the Eurovision trailer for Sweden, which will be shown on TV from the 26th of January. The #melfest hosts, Nour El Refai and Anders Jansson, appear energetic and seem to have a good sense of humour, giving us a taste of how they will present the shows. You can watch it here.
Melodifestivalen 2014 starts on Saturday, the 1st of February, in Malmö Arena, and will end with the grand final in Stockholm, on the 8th of March.
As for the betting odds so far, Sanna Nielsen appears first, with Alcazar and Anton Ewald following her. Helena Paparizou is doing well, in 4th place (which is higher than a few weeks ago). YOHIO has ended up in the 5th place.