Aftonbladet reports that SVT is investigating plans for Melodifestivalen which would see the contest not travel across Sweden next winter.
Aftonbladet citing sources in SVT states that the Swedish broadcaster is planning for a Melodifestivalen which would not travel across Sweden. According the report, SVT is planning the competition based on six TV shows in the same venue in Stockholm.
Sources speaking to Aftonbladet state that SVT is cautious of running a full six week show with a full audience should COVID-19 still be an issue next winter. The broadcaster does not want to have to change the format of the contest and drop shows and is instead looking at the possibility of having a reduced or no audience.
Should the show not be able to travel around Sweden, SVT is reported to be looking to still produce a show with the scale of previous editions of Melodifestivalen. The broadcaster is unlikely to use studios at SVT and instead look to use a smaller arena space, or larger TV studio in Stockholm.
SVT stated to Aftonbladet that it is currently too early to discuss the format of the 2021 contest and that planning for the contest will start next week.
Image source: SVT / Source: Aftonbladet
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.