Sad news from Sweden, as Swedish broadcaster SVT has confirmed that the tour for its Eurovision National selection has been canceled, due to the current COVID restriction in Sweden.
All shows to now take place in Stockholm
In a press release SVT’s CEO Hanna Stjärne said that they are now making the best of the situaion, and that the broadcaster will try their best to create an exciting show for the audiences.
Oh how I wish people around the country could have come and watched Melodifestivalen. Everyone who had been looking forward to the broadcasts from Malmö, Gothenburg, Lidköping, Linköping and Örnsköldsvik. But the situation is as it is and now we are making the best of the situation. Melodifestivalen is the whole of Sweden’s party and we will do our utmost to create an exciting TV program that spreads warmth and joy when it is needed mostHanna Stjärne, CEO of SVT
Melodifestivalen’s Project Manager Anette Brattström have mentioned that the change is a transformation but they will do whatever they can to deliver great entertainment this winter.
We have been so determined to finally go out into the country with the whole of Sweden’s party and meet the audience, so this is of course a transformation. But no matter where we broadcast, we will do everything we can to deliver great entertainment and a crackling music festival in the winter darknessAnette Brattström, Project Manager for Melodifestivalen
At the time of writing, there is currently a limit of 500 people on indoor public gatherings. In the press release, SVT as well as its partners are looking at options for an arena in which they can broadcast in.
What we know about Melodifestivalen 2022
Melodifestivalen 2022 will be hosted by Oscar Zia, whilst Farah Abadi will follow the journey of the competing artists in the next edition of the competition. The participating artists, as well as their running order position, can be found here.
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since their debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2021, Sweden was represented by Tusse, who won the 60th edition of the competition and competed with the song “Voices”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 14th with 109 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: SVT
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