Christer Björkman, artist responsible for Melodifestivalen, told the Swedish media today that he has chosen to resign from his post. The news follows heavy criticism that was pronounced last week in Sweden. 22 year-old Edward af Sillén (pictured) will succeed him.
Björkman announced his decision to resign from his post right before the remaining three wildcards for Melodifestivalen 2005 were revealed. As we reported last week, Björkman had to face heavy criticism in Sweden. Singers and colleagues at SVT accused him of having a dictatorial behaviour and of supporting his good friends in getting a place in the Swedish national final, while other artists might deserve it more.
To Swedish newspaper Expressen he explains that “it�s an unpleasant feeling to be the enemy of some people while you are only doing your job.” Björkman is tired of all criticism but adds that he will never be tired of schlagermusic and Melodifestivalen.
Björkman will be succeeded by the 22 year-old Edward af Sillén but still remains partly responsible for an indefinite period. Af Sillén will take over the job of artist responsible for Melodifestivalen step by step. This year af Sillén works as artist co-ordinator at Melodifestivalen. He will take over the complete task in two or three years.