SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, has revealed the first nine artists that will compete in Melodifestivalen 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional press conference was not used this year to reveal the artists taking part in Melodifestivalen. Instead, SVT is revealing the artists over three days; nine today, nine tomorrow and ten on Friday.
The first nine participants of Melodifestivalen 2021 are:
- Danny Saucedo – Dandi Dansa
- Lovad – Allting är precis likadant (Everything is exactly the same)
- Kadiatou – One Touch
- Mustasch – Contagious
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena rama ding dong
- Emil Assergård – Om allting skiter sig (If everything sucks)
- Tess Merkel – Good Life
- Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
- Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem (Not going home at all)
Danny Saucedo finished second in Melodifestivalen in both 2011 and 2012. Tess Merkel has taken part on four different occasions as part of Alcazar, with whom she revealed the results of the Swedish vote at Eurovision 2014. Arvigarna represented Sweden at Eurovision 1993, where they finished seventh with “Eloise”.
A total of 2,747 songs were submitted to SVT for Melodifestivalen 2021. The semi-final allocations will be annoucned at a later date.
Melodifestivalen 2021 will commence on February 6. In another break from tradition, Melodifestivalen 2021 will not tour across the country and all six shows will take place in Annexet in Stockholm. The dates for the shows are as follows:
- Heat One – February 6
- Heat Two – February 13
- Heat Three – February 20
- Heat Four – February 27
- Second Chance – March 6
- Final – March 13
Want more reaction? Join James Rowe and Rob Lilley for a special episode of The Euro Trip podcast on Friday. They’ll be joined by former Melfest stars and a Swedish journalist to discuss this year’s line-up. Available on all major streaming services.
Image Source: Sven-Erik Svensson/ Eurovision by Jaz / Source: SVT
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.