Melodifestivalen’s producer Karin Gunnarsson has revealed in a radio interview today that they have 3 scenarios in case the Swedish pre-selection cannot go ahead as planned.
The production team is determined to ensure a show which will not contibute to the spread of COVID-19. Gunnarson ensured that there are 3 back-up plans if any problems emerge.
She explained that if an artist gets ill, but previously could still perform at a rehearsal, the footage of the rehearsal will be used during the show. Gunnarsson added that each team behind this year’s entries are “working in their own bubble” to isolate themselves from the other competitiors as much as possible in order avoid further infections.
Frida Boström, the contact person of record company Universal Music Sweden means it is an unfortunate circumstance that no audience is allowed during the shows, however it gives the performers and creative teams more room to concentrate on visuals compared to previous editions.
Karin Gunnarsson believes it is important to make sure that Melodifestivalen’s traditions can go ahead in a year where great deal of entertainment has been cancelled or put on hold.
Unlike previous years, Melodifestivalen 2021 will not tour across the country and all six shows will take place in Annexet in Stockholm without an audience.
Source: Sveriges Radio / Image Source: eurovisionfun.com
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.