Christer Björkman will end his work as a producer for Melodifestivalen, the biggest preselection show for the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. SVT writes that he will stop in four years and the year 2021 will be he last.
Björkman took part as an artist in Melodifestivalen 1992. He won the preselection to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. His song “I morgon är en annan dag” finished second to last, which at that time was Sweden’s worst result at the contest since 1977. Björkman then entered Melodifestivalen a second and third time. In 1993 with Välkommen till livet and in 1999 with a song called “Välkommen hem”, which finished last among the ten participants.
Since 2002, Björkman has held the post the supervisor of Melodifestivalen. And he has revamped the contest several times. When Sweden (Anna Bergendahl) did not qualify for the final of Eurovision in 2010, Björkman introduced international juries in stead of the regional Swedish juries.
Between 2002 and 2016, Sweden has won Eurovision twice, and placed in the top three four times. After the last victory by Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015 he already said that he wants to match and break Ireland’s record of seven wins.
His successor has not been appointed but Björkman already has someone in mind. Karin Gunnarsson is a radio P3 staffer and worked alongside Björkman as the associate producer of Melodifestivalen. Björkman says that “she has potential, she understands the format, the scope and especially knows hit music. She has an established respect of the players, the record companies.”