It’s supposed to be the culmination of six weeks of spectacle.
But instead the final of Melodiefestivalen 2020 has become a source of anxiety.
That’s because fans are concerned it might be cancelled due to coronavirus. The final venue – Friends Arena – seats over 30,000 spectators at concerts. Events of a similar size around the world have been cancelled.
Fortunately for fans, SVT sees “no reason to cancel.”
Melodifestivalen 2020 final to go ahead as planned
The news came through Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
Annete Helenius – Melodifestivalen Executive Producer – told the newspaper there was no reason to cancel as of today.
Helenius stressed SVT monitors the situation “daily”. But as things stand we can expect the final to go ahead. Asked the same question last Saturday, Helenius refused to make a definitive answer.
At that time, Helenius said SVT would follow the Public Health Authority’s advice.
Sweden cancels attendance at Head of Delegation’s meeting
Melfest may go ahead, but Swedish attendance at the Head of Delegation meeting won’t.
The meeting takes place in Rotterdam next Monday, but in the same news piece Helenius confirmed SVT won’t be there in person.
Christer Bjorkman warned of the possibility over the weekend:
“If SVT says we should not go, then we will not go.”
SVT calls the decision a precaution.
Helenius says, “We think we can handle that meeting with digital tools, and it just felt unnecessary.”
She also sought to squash speculation about Swedish participation in the competition in May.
“It’s far too early to say. But we are following developments like all other countries and we hope Eurovision will go ahead.”
Helenius confirmed SVT took the decision independently. Indeed, she used the interview to confirm the NPO has introduced daily monitoring and said there no risks in attending the meeting at this time. She added that as the meeting generally only requires a presentation, the feeling was this can be handled digitally.
The Heads of Delegation meeting marks the deadline to present entires for that year’s contest. It takes place on March 9.