Things are heating up for Melodifestivalen 2021 and it’s more than just lineup names that are being reported. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that Melfest will be held in Annexet venue — adjacent to Globe Arena. As well, Sweden’s Eurovision 1999 champion Charlotte Perrelli is said to be part of the contest.
Melodifestivalen 2021 to be held at Annexet
Back in October, SVT confirmed that due to Covid concerns, the usual Melodifestivalen tour would be cancelled in favour of a Stockholm-based venue without a live audience. Now it appears the venue for Melodifestivalen 2021 has been decided.
Aftonbladet reports that the contest will be held at Annexet (The Annex) — adjacent to Stockholm’s Globe Arena. All six Melodifestivalen shows will be broadcast from there.
The Annex is part of the Stockholm Globe City complex, which includes Eurovision 2016 venue Globe Arena. Annexet was also used as part of Eurovision 2016, hosting the delegations’ facilities.
But while Melodifestivalen 2021 won’t be held in a usual arena-size venue, it will still have a full-size stage. Aftonbladet’s source explained, “They need a venue where it is possible to build a large stage, as big as at Eurovision, and then it is also practical with a place that is easy to get to. SVT thought for a while about an aircraft hangar at Arlanda, but it had become very complicated with transport. Especially now in corona times.”
Charlotte Perrelli reported for Melodifestivalen 2021
Yesterday she was reported to have been in talks with SVT, but now it appears that Charlotte Perrelli will be making her fifth appearance in competition at Melodifestivalen.
The Swedish diva previously won Melodifestivalen 1999 with “Tusen och en natt” (“Take Me to Your Heaven”) and 2008 with “Hero”. But La Perrelli has returned to Melodifestivalen two other times.
Most recently she competed in 2017 with the subdued folk song “Mitt liv”, finishing last in her semi-final. But fans of the classic upbeat Perrelli style can relax — Aftonbladet’s source says she will be performing a “glamorous pop hit song”.
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos reported for Melodifestivalen 2021
Two veteran Swedish entertainers will also reportedly be part of the show. Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos will perform as a duo with a musical comedic number.
The pair are due to star in a new Swedish theatrical adaptation of the British classic television comedy Fawlty Towers, so their Melodifestivalen appearance is seen as a way of kicking off their new creative project. Aftonbladet speculates that their Melfest entry may be a song from the musical.
The inclusion of a song in this style is a reminder that Melodifestivalen is a celebration of all styles of popular Swedish music.
Melodifestivalen 2021 will be announced next week
It’s not long before fans will know the official lineup of Melodifestivalen 2021. While SVT has not yet confirmed the official date of the announcement, Aftonbladet says it will take place sometime next week. The newspaper’s source says the competing artists have been told to be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Traditionally, SVT holds a press conference where the participating acts are introduced to media. However, due to the pandemic this format seems unlikely for 2021. The broadcaster may instead hold some sort of digital press conference or might simply just issue a press release.
Melodifestivalen 2021: Expected acts
According to Aftonbladet, we already know 20 of the 28 acts for Melodifestivalen 2021. They are P4 Nästa wildcard entry Julia Alfrida, Tusse Chiza, Sannex, Sami Rekik & Wahl, The Mamas, Dotter, Jessica Andersson, Klara Hammarström, Alvaro Estrella, Paul Rey, Arvingarna, Lovad, Eric Saade, Danny Saucedo, Anton Ewald, Tess Merkel, Kadiatou Holm Keita, Efraim Leo, Charlotte Perrelli and Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos
The Melfest rules forbid artists from revealing whether or not they’re participating. Therefore, Aftonbladet’s reports are not official. However, the newspaper has proven to be highly accurate, with 45 of the last two years’ 56 participants correctly accounted for.
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