TV viewers in Sweden — and all across Europe — can now count down the precise number of days until Melodifestivalen 2021. SVT has confirmed that Semi-Final 1 will take place on February 6 and that the grand final, which will gift us their Eurovision 2021 singer and song, will conclude on March 13.
The broadcaster has also, for the first time, confirmed the news that the show will not travel to different cities this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking of the tour cancellation, they said:
“It will be Melodifestivalen as usual for TV viewers next year. But the pandemic has put sticks in the tour wheels, so all six programs will be broadcast from one place in Stockholm.”
Anette Helenius, project manager for Melodifestivalen, explained that the ever-changing restrictions regarding coronavirus and public events means it is impossible to plan a travelling show.
“An intermediate tour requires long planning. At present, it is not allowed to arrange events for a larger audience and no one knows what it will look like after the turn of the year. Therefore, it is not possible for SVT, host cities or tour coordinators to plan for a tour in 2021.”
SVT have also confirmed that Melfest 2021 will be held without a live audience — though naturally enough, there will still be an audience of millions watching from home. Under current Covid restriction, the Swedish government does not allow more than 50 people at such events, though the government is looking at revising this.
“It’s been 20 years since the modern Melodifestivalen started and we will celebrate that even more this year. If there’s ever a time we need something to gather around and think differently about, it is now. Despite the situation, we are happy that we will be able to offer an exciting music competition and great show as usual. Melodifestivalen is and continues to be our common tradition and a party for all of Sweden.”
The Stockholm venue for Melodifestivalen 2021 has not been confirmed. However, two potential locations have previously been rumoured: the Annex hall of Globe Arena and the large television studio at NEP Studios.
Aftonbladet notes that NEP is where the new series of Swedish Idol is being filmed. The show is using a large LED wall called the “Sweden Wall”, that lets viewers be part of the show.
But while there will be millions of Swedes watching the Melodifestivalen shows from home, it is unclear whether there will also be a live audience in the studio.
Who will host Melodifestivalen 2021?
Previously it was reported that 2020 host David Sunden was coming back to host in 2021. However, SVT has confirmed that this won’t be the case.
Anette Helenius hasn’t given any clues as to who will be hosting, but has hinted there may be a variety of different hosts each week. She said, “David will not host the program. But I want viewers to see many different faces and different types of entertainment every week.”
This may be a similar format to Mello 2016 where Gina Dirawi was joined each week by different co-hosts.
Melodifestivalen 2021 dates
- February 6 — Semi-Final 1
- February 13 — Semi-Final 2
- February 20 — Semi-Final 3
- February 27 — Semi-Final 4
- March 6 — Second Chance
- March 13 — Final
As ever, you can watch the show on SVT Play and on SVT 1 from 20:00 CET.
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