A lot of regular events in the current Eurovision calendar have been altered by pandemic precautions and the announcement of the competing acts in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2021 is one of them. Broadcaster SVT has confirmed that instead of the usual in-person press events, the acts will instead be revealed online over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The Swedish broadcaster confirmed details of the new artist announcement today. Acts will be announced one at a time on Melodifestivalen digital platforms over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Karin Gunnarsson, the competition producer of Melodifestivalen, spoke about the new announcement format. “Finally getting to present the starting field for 2021 feels incredibly fun, annoying and very special. Since we cannot gather for a press conference this year, the competitor entries are presented in a new form for three days.”
Melodifestivalen 2021 – Artist reveal schedule
- Tuesday, 1 December: Nine artists revealed from 7am to 3pm (CET)
- Wednesday, 2 December: Nine artists revealed from 7am to 3pm (CET)
- Thursday, 3 December: Ten artists revealed from 7am to 4pm (CET)
The reported lineup for Melodifestivalen 2021
Over the past few weeks, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has been reporting on the acts its well-informed sources say will be competing in Melodifestivalen 2021. The newspaper has managed to list 27 of the 28 entries — though as last-minute changes can happen, there may be some surprises when the acts are officially confirmed.
Final Melodifestivalen 2021 speculation
Aftonbladet reporter Tobbe Ek — who has been sourcing all the names for this year’s line-up — has made one last post looking at the gaps in the 2021 lineup.
For the unnamed female singer who’ll be performing a song by Bobby Ljunggren, he speculates it could be the singer Eeva, Malin Christin, ex High 15 singer Amie Parfitt, Alessandra and former Dolly Style member Allysandra, Bobby Ljunggren’s daughter Isa Molin or Clara Klingenström — many of whom have attended Melfest songwriting camps.
As for the unknown 28th act in the lineup, Tobbe Ek speculates that it may go to and act signed to major Swedish record label Ten — as they do not currently have any other acts in the lineup. One Ten artist who may be in the running is former FO&O member Omar Rudberg. He was also involved with songwriting camps.
Otherwise, it could be returning artist Bishara, new artist Leia or even Felix Sandman.
There’s also speculation that there might be a second rock band in the lineup, rapper Jireel has reportedly been in talks, and influencers the SkillTwins may be considered.
Tobbe Ek also confirms that there’s no substance to an older rumour that claimed Loreen was making a comeback this year.
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