As we get closer to the big reveal of the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018, four more names have emerged as likely additions to the line-up. Aftonbladet reports that Mello 2017 stars Benjamin Ingrosso and Felix Sandman (formerly of FO&O) will return, as will Melfest 2002 runner-up Méndez. Rumoured to debut is dancer Sigrid Bernson.
He made his Mello debut earlier this year with the Timberlake-alike song “Good Lovin'”, which placed fifth. Now it looks like Benjamin Ingrosso could make it two in a row. However, Aftonbladet notes that his participation is dependent on him finding the right song to enter.
Exit FO&O, enter Sandman. He was one-quarter (then one-third) of the popular Swedish boyband FO&O (previously known as The Fooo Conspiracy). With the band on hiatus, Felix Sandman is using Melodifestivalen to launch his solo career. FO&O placed 11th at Melodifestivalen 2017 with “Gotta Thing About You”.
Also known as DJ Méndez, the Chilean-born singer-songwriter, DJ and producer has previously competed twice at Melodifestivalen. In 2002, he placed second in the grand final with “Adrenaline”, but the following year he didn’t make it out of Andra Chansen with “Carnaval”. Méndez made an appearance at Melfest 2016 as part of the grand final Mello medley. Aftonbladet‘s source says that Méndez’s return is tied to the current popularity of Latin music, following the huge success of “Despacito”.
Sigrid Bernson is best known as one of the professional dancers on the Swedish series Let’s Dance, where she was (the slightly less famous) half of the winning duo three times. She was rumoured for Melfest 2015, and earlier this year she released her debut single, “This Summer”. If Let’s Dance seems an odd match for Melfest, remember that Måns Zelmerlöw won the very first series back in 2006.
Sigrid will be competing against her boyfriend (and Let’s Dance 2017 partner), Samir Badran of the duo Samir & Viktor. Also appearing in the Melfest heats will be Stiko Per Larsson, the winner of P4 Nästa.
It is expected that later this month SVT will officially announce the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018.
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