It’s the iconic Swedish singalong show that is an annual fixture on the summer calendar. However this year, things will be different: SVT’s Allsång på Skansen won’t have its usual live audience. But it will still have an extensive selection of Swedish music stars, including The Mamas, Dotter and Måns Zelmerlöw.
The Swedish government currently has a ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people — which includes live concerts. It means that Allsång på Skansen won’t be able to have its traditional audience, who sing along with the show’s performances.
But there will still be an audience watching on their screens at home. The show will again be hosted by Eurovision 2014 star Sanna Nielsen. The show’s project manager Per Rådelius says, “We hope that the warmth and joy of Sanna, the orchestra and the guest artists on stage will continue to reach the TV sofas, just as it usually does.”
The line-up includes Melodifestivalen 2020 winners The Mamas and runner-up Dotter. Also from the Mello 2020 roster will be Anna Bergendahl and Anis Don Demina. Sweden’s Eurovision champ Måns Zelmerlöw will also perform. Swedish Eurovision stars Jill Johnson (1998) and Robin Stjernberg (2013) will sing as a duo.
As well, Darin and Agnes — who both performed as part of the semi-final interval act “Swedish Pop Voices” at Eurovision 2013 — will each take to the Skansen stage.
With the coronavirus still an ongoing a public health concern in Sweden, the 2020 season of Allsång could be an indication of what Melodifestivalen 2021 might feel like with no audience, if limits are still in place in February.
The show airs weekly on Tuesday, with the 2020 series kicking off on 23 June on SVT. There’s no word yet on whether host Sanna Nielsen will perform her Melodifestivalen 2008 hit “Empty Room”.
Allsång på Skansen 2020 lineup
Program 1, Tuesday 23 June
Jill Johnson & Robin Stjernberg
Program 2, Tuesday 30 June
Program 3, Tuesday 7 July
Program 4, Tuesday 14 July
Anis Don Demina
Program 5, Tuesday 21 July
Program 6, Tuesday 28 July
Program 7, Tuesday 4 August
Bengan & Allan Janson
Program 8, Tuesday 11 August
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