Melodifestivalen 2021 is set to be a cornerstone in the contest’s history; the last edition directed and spearheaded by music magnate Christer Björkman, who has led the Swedish spectacle and Eurovision selection show ever since 2002. And, as Aftonbladet reports, he is set to go out with a bang.
The Swedish tabloid states that the departing Björkman will be the main host of this upcoming edition of Melodifestivalen, joined by at least one special guest on each of the six shows. The system would be similar to the 2016 edition, when Gina Dirawi presented the shows alongside weekly co-hosts.
SVT is set to aim high with their desired co-hosts to go along with the iconic producer. According to Aftonbladet’s sources, three names have allegedly confirmed to appear in at least one of the shows – Måns Zelmerlöw, Lena Philipsson and Oscar Zia.
Måns Zelmerlöw needs little introduction; the 2015 Eurovision champion has been a stalwart across the contest’s media from Sweden to the United Kingdom and beyond. The “Heroes” singer also co-hosted the 2016 edition of Eurovision to high critical acclaim, so it seems natural that he has been approached to feature in this year’s important Melfest year.
Lena Philipsson is one of the biggest names in Swedish music, participating and hosting Melodifestivalen on several occasions, even going to Eurovision in 2004 and achieving a top five placement.
Oscar Zia, the 2016 Melfest runner-up, is also reported to have agreed to host one of the shows alongside Christer Björkman.
SVT however, is far from over in their scouting and has been asking various stars over the holiday season to be one of Christer Björkman’s co-hosts. Aftonbladet reports that some of the people who the broadcaster has reached out to include Eurovision 2014 bronze medallist Sanna Nielsen and fan-favourite Sarah Dawn Finer. Additionally, music legend Pernilla Wahlgren was allegedly asked around two weeks ago, but it is unknown if she has confirmed or not.
Danny Saucedo was also reportedly asked to be a co-host for 2021. However, the “Amazing” hitmaker eventually decided to compete in this year’s show instead, and was revealed to be part of the 28-act line-up in December.
The tabloid goes on to suggest that two-time Melodifestivalen contestant Anis Don Demina could also be involved in the 2021 contest, but it is unclear if he would be a co-host or an interval act.
Swedish broadcaster SVT usually reveals the hosts of Melfest in the autumn of the year before each contest. However, there has so far been no official announcement in regards to the 2021 hosts. Aftonbladet suggests that, since the contest will solely be broadcast from a television studio in Stockholm’s Annexet with no audience this year, there is not as much need for using the host announcement to build hype and increase ticket sales for the usual tour across the country.
SVT will make an official announcement about the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2021 in the weeks ahead.
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