SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster has revealed the commentators for the live broadcast of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. These are two very familiar faces in the competition, who are none other than Edward af Sillén, who has been serving as commentator for SVT since 2009 (with the exceptions of 2013 and 2016), as well as the 1999 Eurovision winner, Charlotte Perrelli!
20 years after her triuphant victory in Jerusalem with Take me to your heaven, as well as 11 years after her second Eurovision participation in Belgrade, Charlotte Perrelli (née Nilsson) will be returning to Israel, this time taking over the commentator’s duties for her home country. The newcomer to the booth Charlotte, as well as the much-experienced Edward, the duo aspires to provide 3 spectacular Eurovision nights for Swedish viewers.
Regarding her new role at Eurovision, the former Eurovision winner made the following statements:
This is going to be very fun to do; to get back to Eurovision in a completely different role and also get to work with Edward again. It will certainly be a lot of laughter and I hope the viewers will like us as a duo!
But Edward af Sillén also said only the best for his new… partner in crime:
It feels cool to get back to the booth and lead the viewers through this year’s most fun, crazy music competition. Getting Charlotte with me back to the historic land where she won the gold for exactly 20 years ago, feels wonderful. I think we will have a lot of fun together and we will guide the viewers with joy, knowledge and great love for the event!
Here’s Charlotte’s performance in Jerusalem, which provided Sweden with their 4th Eurovision trophy:
Spokesperson? It’s Eric Saade!
Apart from the names of the two commentators who will be working from Tel Aviv, we also got to know who is going to unveil the results of the Swedish jury, live from Stockholm. Eric Saade, who represented his nation in 2011, earning a respectable 3rd place with Popular, will serve as the Swedish spokesperson for the second time after 2010.
It’s worth mentioning that Eric was one of this year’s presenters for the Swedish annual national selection event, Melodifestivalen.
Sweden at Eurovision 2019
Following a 6-week trip around different cities in Sweden, the verdict was clear: John Lundvik was crowned the winner of Melodifestivalen 2019, thus earning the right to fly the country’s flag in Tel Aviv come May, with his pop sound Too late for love.
John is already high on the bookies’ preferences and within the Top 5 at the moment. Will the Swedes go for yet another high placing on the scoreboard, or even a 7th victory this year?
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be staged on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.