Melodifestivalen 2021

Melodifestivalen 2021 was the 61st edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen.[1] The competition was organised by Sveriges Television (SVT) and took place over a six-week period between 6 February and 13 March 2021. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all shows of this edition took place in the Annexet in Stockholm, and without an audience.[2][3] The winner of the competition was Tusse with the song "Voices", who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he came fourteenth with 109 points.[4]

Melodifestivalen 2021
Dates
Heat 16 February 2021
Heat 213 February 2021
Heat 320 February 2021
Heat 427 February 2021
Second chance6 March 2021
Final13 March 2021
Host
VenueAnnexet, Stockholm
Presenter(s)All shows:
Christer Björkman
Guest co-hosts:
Lena Philipsson
Oscar Zia & Anis Don Demina
Jason Diakité
Per Andersson & Pernilla Wahlgren
Shirley Clamp
Måns Zelmerlöw & Shima Niavarani
Host broadcasterSVT
Participants
Number of entries28
Vote
Voting systemHeats: 100% public vote
Final: 50% public vote, 50% jury vote
Winning song"Voices" by Tusse
2020 ← Melodifestivalen → 2022

The format of the competition consisted of 6 shows: 4 heat rounds, a second chance round and a final. An initial 28 entries were selected for the competition through three methods: an open call for song submissions, direct invitations to specific artists and songwriters, and a wildcard given to one of the artists that participated in the P4 Nästa competition organised by Sveriges Radio P4. The 28 competing entries were divided into four heats, with seven compositions in each. From each heat, the songs that earned first and second place qualified directly to the final, while the songs that placed third and fourth proceeded to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each heat were eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualified from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12.

All six shows were hosted by Christer Björkman, who was joined by guest co-hosts during each show: Lena Philipsson (heat 1), Oscar Zia and Anis Don Demina (heat 2), Jason Diakité (heat 3), Per Andersson and Pernilla Wahlgren (heat 4), Shirley Clamp (Second Chance round), and Shima Niavarani and Måns Zelmerlöw (final).

FormatEdit

Due to pandemic precautions, SVT did not hold the usual Melodifestivalen tour around six different Swedish cities. Instead, all shows were held at Stockholm's Annexet hall, one of the venues in Stockholm Globe City (in which the host venue of Eurovision 2000 and 2016, the Ericsson Globe, is located). The shows did not have a live audience.[3]

PresentersEdit

On 4 January 2021, the presenters of the 61st edition of Melodifestivalen were announced.[5] Christer Björkman, contest producer of Melodifestivalen for the past 20 years and outgoing head of the Swedish delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest, served as the main presenter for all six shows. Björkman was joined by guest co-hosts during each show: Lena Philipsson (heat 1), Oscar Zia and Anis Don Demina (heat 2), Jason Diakité (heat 3), Per Andersson and Pernilla Wahlgren (heat 4), Shirley Clamp (Second Chance round), Shima Niavarani and Måns Zelmerlöw (final).

Competing entriesEdit

Broadcaster SVT revealed on 27 November 2020 that they would be releasing the acts for Melodifestivalen 2021 on a countdown, starting on 1 December.[6][7]

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Alvaro Estrella "Bailá Bailá" Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt
Anton Ewald "New Religion" Jonas Wallin, Joe Killington, Anton Ewald, Maja Strömstedt
Arvingarna "Tänker inte alls gå hem" Stefan Brunzell, Nanne Grönvall, Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren
Charlotte Perrelli "Still Young" Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Erik Bernholm, Charlie Gustavsson
Clara Klingenström "Behöver inte dig idag" Clara Klingenström, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias
Danny Saucedo "Dandi dansa" Danny Saucedo, Karl-Johan Råsmark
Dotter "Little Tot" Johanna Jansson, Dino Medanhodzic
Efraim Leo "Best of Me" Efraim Leo, Cornelia Jakobsdotter, Amanda Björkegren, Herman Gardarfve
Elisa "Den du är" Bobby Ljunggren, Ingela "Pling" Forsman, Elisa Lindström
Emil Assergård "Om allting skiter sig" Emil Assergård, Jimmy Jansson, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov, Johanna Wrethov
Eric Saade "Every Minute" Eric Saade, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos "Rena rama ding dong" Göran Sparrdahl, Kalle Rydberg, Ari Lehtonen
Frida Green "The Silence" Anna Bergendahl, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias, Joy Deb
Jessica Andersson "Horizon" David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe, Jesper Jakobsson Grand, Markus Lidén, Christian Holmström
Julia Alfrida "Rich" Julia Alfrida, Jimmy Jansson, Melanie Wehbe
Kadiatou "One Touch" Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov
Klara Hammarström "Beat of Broken Hearts" David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe, Niklas Carson Mattson, Andreas Wijk
Lillasyster "Pretender" Isak Hallén, Jakob Redtzer, Martin Westerstrand, Ian Paolo Lira, Palle Hammarlund
Lovad "Allting är precis likadant" Mattias Andréasson, Alexander Nivek, Lova Drevstam, Albin Johnsén
Mustasch "Contagious" Ralf Gyllenhammar, David Johannesson
Nathalie Brydolf "Fingerprints" Andreas Stone Johansson, Etta Zelmani, Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin
Patrik Jean "Tears Run Dry" Herman Gardarfve, Patrik Jean, Melanie Wehbe
Paul Rey "The Missing Piece" Fredrik Sonefors, Laurell Barker, Pauli Jokela
Sannex "All Inclusive" Greta Svensson, Hans Thorstensson
Tess Merkel "Good Life" Tony Malm, Tess Merkel, Palle Hammarlund, Mats Tärnfors
The Mamas "In the Middle" Emily Falvey, Robin Stjernberg, Jimmy Jansson
Tusse "Voices" Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov
WAHL feat. SAMI "90-talet" Sami Rekik, Christopher Wahlberg, Josefin Glenmark, Jesper Welander, Andreas Larsson

HeatsEdit

Heat 1Edit

The first heat took place on 6 February 2021. 3,308,000 viewers watched the heat live. A total of 7,824,951 votes were cast, using 628,624 devices (which is a record for a heat).[8]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Kadiatou "One Touch" 967,331 29 6 Out
2 Lillasyster "Pretender" 1,159,154 48 4 Second chance
3 Jessica Andersson "Horizon" 1,065,794 38 5 Out
4 Paul Rey "The Missing Piece" 1,239,146 68 3 Second chance
5 Arvingarna "Tänker inte alls gå hem" 1,190,449 72 2 Final
6 Nathalie Brydolf "Fingerprints" 825,414 11 7 Out
7 Danny Saucedo "Dandi dansa" 1,377,663 78 1 Final

Heat 2Edit

The second heat took place on 13 February 2021. 2,972,000 viewers watched the heat live. A total of 7,471,451 votes were cast, using 581,410 devices.[8]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Anton Ewald "New Religion" 1,218,312 68 2 Final
2 Julia Alfrida "Rich" 751,337 11 7 Out
3 Wahl feat. Sami "90-talet" 961,160 30 6 Out
4 Frida Green "The Silence" 1,028,299 47 4 Second chance
5 Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos "Rena rama ding dong" 997,947 52 3 Second chance
6 Patrik Jean "Tears Run Dry" 1,049,434 44 5 Out
7 Dotter "Little Tot" 1,464,962 92 1 Final

Heat 3Edit

The third heat took place on 20 February 2021. 3,188,000 viewers watched the heat live. A total of 8,002,967 votes were cast, using 647,000 devices, again a record for a heat.[8]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Charlotte Perrelli "Still Young" 1,272,523 62 2 Final
2 Emil Assergård "Om allting skiter sig" 987,458 34 5 Out
3 Klara Hammarström "Beat of Broken Hearts" 1,252,895 58 4 Second chance
4 Mustasch "Contagious" 763,045 18 6 Out
5 Elisa "Den du är" 613,779 18 7 Out
6 Alvaro Estrella "Bailá Bailá" 1,193,914 60 3 Second chance
7 Tusse "Voices" 1,919,353 94 1 Final

Heat 4Edit

The fourth heat took place on 27 February 2021. 2,953,000 viewers watched the heat live. A total of 6,957,584 votes were cast, using 565,705 devices.[8]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Tess Merkel "Good Life" 868,050 40 5 Out
2 Lovad "Allting är precis likadant" 783,763 21 6 Out
3 Efraim Leo "Best of Me" 1,035,821 52 3 Second chance
4 The Mamas "In the Middle" 1,550,459 94 1 Final
5 Sannex "All Inclusive" 609,909 14 7 Out
6 Clara Klingenström "Behöver inte dig idag" 930,002 51 4 Second chance
7 Eric Saade "Every Minute" 1,179,580 72 2 Final

Second ChanceEdit

The Second Chance round took place on 6 March 2021. 2,732,000 viewers watched the show live. A total of 9,159,642 votes were cast, using 632,883 devices (which are both records for the Second Chance round).

Duel Draw Artist Song Votes Points Result
I 1 Alvaro Estrella "Bailá Bailá" 1,365,376 7 Final
2 Lillasyster "Pretender" 1,163,807 1 Out
II 3 Frida Green "The Silence" 925,473 1 Out
4 Paul Rey "The Missing Piece" 1,207,581 7 Final
III 5 Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos "Rena rama ding dong" 1,173,492 3 Out
6 Clara Klingenström "Behöver inte dig idag" 1,276,040 5 Final
IV 7 Klara Hammarström "Beat of Broken Hearts" 1,139,262 8 Final
8 Efraim Leo "Best of Me" 908,611 0 Out

FinalEdit

The final took place on 13 March 2021. A record-breaking 16,752,439 votes were cast, using 1,159,881 devices (which is a record for a final).[8]

Draw Artist Song Juries Televote/App Total Place
Votes Points
1 Danny Saucedo "Dandi dansa" 39 1,309,741 35 74 7
2 Klara Hammarström "Beat of Broken Hearts" 43 1,341,566 36 79 6
3 Anton Ewald "New Religion" 9 1,066,340 16 25 11
4 The Mamas "In the Middle" 50 1,646,198 56 106 3
5 Paul Rey "The Missing Piece" 18 998,030 7 25 12
6 Charlotte Perrelli "Still Young" 32 1,016,557 28 60 8
7 Tusse "Voices" 79 2,964,269 96 175 1
8 Alvaro Estrella "Bailá Bailá" 7 1,071,188 19 26 10
9 Clara Klingenström "Behöver inte dig idag" 39 1,455,605 52 91 5
10 Eric Saade "Every Minute" 69 1,471,324 49 118 2
11 Dotter "Little Tot" 57 1,488,599 48 105 4
12 Arvingarna "Tänker inte alls gå hem" 22 923,022 22 44 9
Detailed international jury votes[9]
Draw Song                 Total
1 "Dandi dansa" 3 3 7 3 6 6 6 5 39
2 "Beat of Broken Hearts" 8 4 8 8 4 5 2 4 43
3 "New Religion" 2 2 2 2 1 9
4 "In the Middle" 6 6 6 4 12 8 1 7 50
5 "The Missing Piece" 1 5 2 1 3 6 18
6 "Still Young" 5 1 3 7 5 1 10 32
7 "Voices" 12 10 12 10 7 12 4 12 79
8 "Bailá Bailá" 1 1 5 7
9 "Behöver inte dig idag" 10 7 10 5 2 3 2 39
10 "Every Minute" 4 8 5 12 8 10 12 10 69
11 "Little Tot" 7 12 4 6 10 7 8 3 57
12 "Tänker inte alls gå hem" 3 4 7 8 22
International jury spokespersons
  •   – Bruno Berberes
  •   – Kleart Duraj
  •   – Felix Bergsson
  •   – Tali Eshkoli
  •   – Simon Proctor
  •  Zibbz
  •   – Alexia Moutafidou
  •   – Lars Lourenco

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Melodifestivalen 2021 utan publik - Nyheter (Ekot)". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Kadiatou, Tess Merkel och Danny möts i Melodifestivalen". SVT Nyheter. 2 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  4. ^ Adams, William Lee (5 October 2020). "Melodifestivalen 2021 dates confirmed…along with tour cancellation amid pandemic restrictions". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Melodifestivalen får nya programledare för varje deltävling". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 5 January 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (27 November 2020). "Sweden: SVT starts Melodifestivalen 2021 countdown, as four more artists are reported". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (1 December 2020). "Sweden: Danny Saucedo confirmed! SVT announces first nine artists in Melodifestivalen 2021". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Alla röstsiffror i Melodifestivalen 2021". Melodifestivalen. 18 March 2021. Archived from the original on 18 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ Sami, Luukela (9 March 2021). "🇸🇪 United Kingdom to replace Belarus in Melodifestivalen jury". ESCXTRA.com. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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