Edward af Sillén who had been involved in Melodifestivalen between 2009 and 2016, is set to return to the contest for 2019.
Edward af Sillén has been confirmed by SVT as returning to Melodifestivalen this year as a consultant to the competition. The director, writer, commentator will be returning to the next edition of Melodifestivalen following a year in which the contest was heavily criticised and its lowest audiences since 2011.
He will working alongside Christer Björkman and Henric von Zweigberk as part of the Creative Group. He will be helping to guide the direction of next years competition as the broadcaster looks to rebuild. Anette Helenius, the Project Leader of Melodifestivalen explained;
I’m taking in Edward as a consultant to write certain numbers and sketches because I think he’s an incredibly skilled creator, because he has a lot history with Melodifestivalen and because he, fortunately, was in the position to take on the job now.
They added that;
Edward is a person you always think of when planning Melodifestivalen. Now it could happen.
Edward told Aftonbladet that;
I love working with Christer and Hence, so it’s gonna be really cool to help and to try and steer the content in the right direction.
28 artists in total will participate in Melodifestivalen 2019, one of which is The Lovers of Valdaro, who were selected after competing in P4 Nästa 2018. Melodifestivalen consists of six shows, including 4 semi-finals, 1 second chance round, and the final.
Benjamin Ingrosso represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. At the Grand Final, he placed 7th with 274 points. Sweden recorded their worst result in a televote for a decade finishing 23rd with the public and scoring just 21 points.
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.