It’s an annual smorgasbord of Swedish songs and singers. But this year, comedy won’t be one of the dishes on offer at Melodifestivalen 2019.
And there’s a simple reason for that: Two of this year’s four hosts are comedians.
“We have had humorous intentions to take a stand on, but have not felt the same need for it, we want to vary ourselves and not feel that we follow any fixed template.” Said Executive Producer Christer Bjorkman.
That means comedy acts like Rolandz and Edward Blom won’t feature in this year’s semi-finals. Instead we can expect comedians Marika Carlsson and Kodjo Akolor to do the heavy lifting.
Bjorkman added, “The hosts should be used for entertainment, so the competition doesn’t have to be.”
The change in mix of entries also means this year we’ll hear more ballads.
“The [change in] tonality of the programs means we can afford more ballads. Tempo is elsewhere in the programs.”
“At least four top five entries” in Melodifestivalen 2019
Further news about this year’s entries was also teased between Christmas and New Year.
In that instance, Bjorkman teased the quality of competing songs.
“I have a tradition of listening through the songs with my Norwegian counterpart, Mattias Carlsson. They only have ten songs in Norway, so I had to pick out ten of us who were competing against him. Then if not before I realized that there are very strong songs this year.
“I never forget when he played Alexander Rybak in 2009. It was like no idea for us to even have a melody festival, we would never be able to upset it. But this time it was Mattias who got to call me.
“This year it [convincing established artists to compete] has not even been an issue, because there have been so many interesting names at all. [We have] maybe at least four who can get up in the top five.”
The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2019 will air in one month’s time on SVT1 at 20:00 CET.