The big reveal of the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018 is merely five days away and rumoured acts are still popping up. Aftonbladet is reporting that Swedish Idol winner Liam “Liamoo” Cacatian Thomassen and parody dansband Rolandz will be part of the line-up.
Singer and rapper Liam Cacatian Thomassen — who performs as Liamoo — was the winner of the 2016 edition of Swedish Idol. His debut single “Playing with Fire” reached No.6 in the Swedish charts. Earlier this year he released another flame-related single, “Burn”.
Rolandz is a parody dansband fronted by the hugely popular comedian Robert Gustafsson. Rolandz is based on a fictional character (Roland Järverup, a dansband fan) created by Gustafsson’s comedy troupe Killinggänget. Rolandz came to fame through a performance on the talent show Dansbandskampen in 2008. The group has made multiple appearances on singalong show Allsång på Skansen.
Aftonbladet reports that such is the popularity of Robert Gustafsson and Rolandz, Melfest organisers had hoped to keep the news of their involvement in the song contest a secret so it would be a big surprise at the big reveal on Tuesday.
Aftonbladet also confirms Hänt‘s earlier news that Mariette is another name on the 2018 roster.
Liamoo and Rolandz will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2018 by Dotter, Mariette, Edward Blom, Emmi Christensson, Jessica Andersson, Emilia Rydberg Mitiku, Kamferdrops, Jonas Gardell, Renaida Braun, Kalle Moraeus, Kikki Danielsson, Martin Almgren, Alcazar, Ida Redig, John Lundvik, Olivia Eliasson, Benjamin Ingrosso, Felix Sandman, Méndez, Sigrid Bernson, Samir & Viktor and P4 Nästa winner Stiko Per Larsson.
This makes a total of 24 rumoured acts, out of a total of 28 acts that will (probably) be heading to the semi-finals in February.
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