SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, has revealed the hosts for Melodifestivalen 2021.
Christer Björkman, producer of Melodifestivalen since 2002, will present all six shows of Melodifestivalen in his last year as producer. He will joined by different guest hosts each week. The guest hosts are as follows:
- Heat One – Lena Philipsson
- Heat Two – Oscar Zia and Anis Don Demina
- Heat Three – Jason ”Timbuktu” Diakité
- Heat Four – Per Andersson
- Second Chance – Shirley Clamp
- Final – Shima Niavarani and Måns Zelmerlöw
Several of the presenters have previous experience with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision. Oscar Zia came second in Melodifestivalen 2016 with “Human”. Anis Don Demina finished fifth in Melodifestivalen 2020 with “Vem e som oss”. Shirley Clamp has participated six times in Melodifestivalen, with her highest placing being in 2004 with “Min kärlek”. She was also a backing vocalist for Antique when they represented Greece at Eurovision 2001.
Lena Philipsson represented Sweden at Eurovision 2004 with “It Hurts”. She returned to present Melodifestivalen in 2006. Måns Zelmerlöw won Eurovision 2015 with “Heroes”. He also presented Melodifestivalen 2010 and Eurovision 2016 after his win. Christer Björkman represented Sweden in home ground in Malmö with “I morgon är en annan dag”.
Melodifestivalen 2021 will commence on February 6. In a break from tradition, Melodifestivalen 2021 will not tour across the country and all six shows will take place in Annexet in Stockholm with no audience. 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
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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.