The Finnish public broadcaster Yle will once again be broadcasting Melodifestivalen 2021 on time delay on its main channel.
Melodifestivalen will be returning to Yle TV 1 when the contest kicks off in under two weeks time. The Finnish broadcaster will be airing the contest on time delay on Yle TV 1 every weekend of the competition kicking off on February 6. The schedule shows the broadcasts starting at 22:40 or 23:00 on the day of the semi-finals with the shows repeated every Sunday on Yle Teema Fem at 10:27 local time.
Last year was the first time that the Finnish broadcaster began airing Melodifestivalen on Yle TV 1, having traditionally only rebroadcast the contest on Yle Teema Fem. It is not yet known whether Finnish language commentary will return for the broadcasts.
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
You can read more about all the competing acts and running order for this years Melodifestivalen here.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses | Source: Yle
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.