Melodifestivalen 2020 starts on Saturday.

And ahead of Semi-Final 1 in Linköping, broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design.

Melodifestivalen 2020 stage revealed

This year’s stage aims to provide “freedom” for the artists.

It is the largest stage in Melodifestivalen history and can be transformed into almost 40 different looks.

Stage designer Viktor Brattström believes the flexibility the stage offers could become the norm for future editions.

Although there are LED pillars, there is no LED wall this year. Instead the striped fabric wall from 2019 returns. This may be designed to return realism to the competition. The cloth strips measure 35 metres wide by 6 metres tall.

Brattström says: “This year we’re doing live numbers. They should not make a video of what they stand for.”

Eight projectors will help bring the fabric to life.

Melodifestivalen Stage: The logistical challenge

As Melodifestivalen tours the length and breadth of Sweden, the stage needs to be as portable as possible. It also needs to scale from smaller ice hockey arenas to the mighty Friends Arena in Stockholm, which seats over 30,000 for the final.

The stage can typically be taken down within a few hours and be on the move by midnight on the same evening as a semi-final.

The limitation in size also explains why there is no standing audience during Melodifestivalen. Although in a larger venue like Friends Arena it would be possible, camera angles are planned to work with the venue with the lowest roof.

You’ll be able to see the new stage in action at the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020. The show begins on Saturday, 1 February, kicking off at the Saab Arena in Linköping.

How do you like the new Melfest stage design? How does it compare to the Eurovision stage? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Bart
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Bart

ATTENTION: MF will have no fireworks! How can all the MF fans endure such a tragedy and withou a LEDs wall???

Davve
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Davve

Attention everyone. Bart needs his mom!! Has anyone seen her..

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I took this completely out of context. I thought of The Simpsons.

Davve
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Davve

Funny enough the Bart I’m talking about looks just like that Bart. Lol

Davve
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Davve

How does it feel to have no life dear Barty boy? 🙂

Ffs
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Ffs

Same old

Hanna
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Hanna

Jealous

Bart
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Bart

“as hilarious as always”, Davve

davve
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davve

Same Bs as always Bart

Bart
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Bart

LOL!!!! Thank you Davve for giving away your false identities. You are such a looser…

Davve
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Davve

Go cuddle with your mom. You need the attention i am sure.

Davve
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Davve

I came here today only for the salty gay eurovision fan comments about every Swedish topic.

as hilarious as always.

Bart
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Bart

And of couse, besided being a white Swedish supramacist, you had to be a homophobe… Why does that not surprise me?

Davve
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Davve

You forgot to take your anti-depression pills again dear Bart

Bart
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Bart

You should start to change your lines Davve/Hanne/and other IDs. Becoming really boring, I guess like your bs MF. No wonder you like it so much… booooooriiiiing. And btw, tell me, what was the feeling of having a black guy representing your “white nation”?

Davve
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Davve

Bart, I will laugh so hard in May when Sweden makes another great result.. knowing it will bug you.

Black? White nation? Who is racist, yeah you. Lol.

Bart
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Bart

No! You are! You are a racist and xenophobe of everthing south . You said it yourself. You hate Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal… etc. etc. So, of course you are also a racist and a homophobe.

BTW I love Sweden. The only problem that Sweden has is that it has you in it…

Davve
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Davve

Funny enough that is what your mom said about her womb for 9 months.. in the end she got you out.. and was happy again

jack
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jack

Svt should lend some money to DR who use the same set since 2016. They spend money to rebuilt it without even slightly changing it

Megxit over
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Megxit over

Looks Ikea-cheap

Hanna
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Hanna

Do you mama buy Ikea

Bart
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Bart

Haha?… No LEDs wall… OMG… how can the Swedish public and the Swedish tax payer survive such a disaster?…

diana
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diana

you can all hope tho

Jonas
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Jonas

I would hate to see a standing audience at Melodifestivalen. I love to see whole families there, from children to grandparents, and a standing section would ruin that.

xelx
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xelx

In these pictures it looks like the stage for the Golden Globes or a similar awards show. I’m sure it will be more versatile in action.

Gin&Monique
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Gin&Monique

I’m sorry but this stage design is terrible! Compare Sanremo and this, it’s like comparing Chanel with Walmart!

Deeply disappointing!

heidi
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heidi

How dare you to destroy my childhood?

heidi
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heidi

I posted the gif with ‘How dare you’ but it was filtered.

PuppetOnAString
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If the Sanremo stage woud have been able to be transported 6 times it wouldnt be that chanel at all

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Doesn’t seem special at all but in general I’m more impressed by the real stage. Plus it’s the songs that matter.

EAdgh
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EAdgh

So boring and uninspired. MF stage should have been the best over the other national selections as it is the biggest and longest selection. Dansk and Norsk MGP stages are better in my opinion. Is so little for this huge show.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

this is a picture haha. Its not even live yet. Chill out or change the channel. I bet you will watch all 6 shows and complain on all of them in here. Am i right?

EAdgh
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EAdgh

It’s just my opinion dude chill ?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

i know. it was no hate:)

Milla
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Milla

Haven’t you read? It must easily be taken down and up again. Sweden can make great stagings lol. But Melodifestivalen can’t have these complicated stages.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

The main reason why MGP in Norway and Denmark can produce bigger and more advanced stages is simply that they host it over A NIGHT. They don’t need to take down the stage or transport it in two days to a new location on the other side of the country like Melodifestivalen has to do every year. Denmark has one single final this year, not to mention they’ve been using the same stage for the last four years now, while Norway has its five live shows in one single studio, and then the final in the Oslo Spektrum. That makes… Read more »

diana
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diana

Well since SVT needs to pack up and ship it to the next city, this is a pretty good job done tbh

Stian F
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Stian F

Seriously, it says its the largest stage they have had yet!!! So how can u say its little? Silly comment from your side.

Sucof
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Sucof

Don’t you show it the Sanremo 2020 stage?
Yesterday, Rai released the stage photo:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EPS8P1BX0AEGRp-?format=jpg&name=4096×4096

Mark
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Mark

This year it’s pretty strange but I like a lot this led effects: https://twitter.com/DavideMoschetti/status/1217059976893685761?s=19

Sucof
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Sucof
Mark
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Mark

Ahaha different budgets!

123
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123

kinda uneventful but this doesn’t really matter… songs do

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Negative before you even see it on tv = For me that is really stupid

esc1234
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esc1234

Its time to deal with the fact that people have different opinion than you. You literally bash anyone who dares to say a personal opinion. Do better.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

haha only if the opinon dont make sense. Do you think you look the same in real life or in a fan made picture?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I think real life.

123
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123

Stages always look better in this kind of pictures…it can only have the same impact or get worse from here

Sale
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Sale

Looks like the stage from Montevizija last year lol

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Haha. It really does!

Megxit over
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Megxit over

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