Since the cancellation, of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the participating broadcasters have been preparing alternative programming for May. The EBU has confirmed alternative programming for May 16. However, there is still the gap for May 12 & 14, when the Semi-Finals are due to take place. For Sweden, they will fill part of this gap in the form of ‘Sveriges 12:a’.
Sweden in search of their winner of Eurovision 2020
On May 9, David Sundin (one of the hosts of this year’s Melodifestivalen) will present the 41 entries of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, along with Christer Björkman. Once presented, the voting would then be opened on the Melodifestivalen app, where the Swedish audience would pick 25 entries for the final, which will be revealed on May 14.
Christer Bjorkman had the following to say about SVT’s alternative programming:
I am glad that the viewers can also vote for their favorites this year and hope and believe that it can gather the Swedish people at a time when nothing else is the same. So now we do this together! Look, like and voteChrister Bjorkman on Sveriges 12:a (Transalted)
Sweden’s alternative Eurovision programming, would not just look at this year’s participant and finding a winner. It’s also reminiscing about memories from previous contests, which Christer will be undertaking alongside Edward Af Sillen.
SVT to air Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light
Sweden joins other countries, who have confirmed that they will be airing EBU’s alternative programming on May 16. At the time of writing, the following countries have confirmed they will be airing EBU’s alternative programming:
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
The scheduling for Sweden’s Alternative Eurovision Programming are as follows:
Eurovision: Inför ESC, Saturday 9 May at 21.00 in SVT1 and SVT Play
Eurovision: Sveriges 12:a , Thursday 14 May at 21.00 in SVT 1 and SVT Play
Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, Saturday 16 May at 21.00 in SVT1 and SVT Play
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden has participated in the contest 59 times since its debut in 1958. They have missed only three contests since their debut (1964, 1970 and 1976). Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through Melodifestivalen. In 1997, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting, and have continued to innovate the technology behind the contest whenever they host.
Sweden is one of the most successful countries at contest, winning six contests so far. Notably, their wins span their participation history; their victories span five decades with ABBA (1974), Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson (1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015). They currently have the the second-highest number of wins, behind Ireland’s seven.
In 2020, Sweden was set to be represented by The Mamas, after they won Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song ‘Move’.
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