Melodifestivalen – it’s a pop gold mine. Infectious beats surround us, power ballads fill our ears with joy, and by the end of March our music collections have too many new songs to count. Ah, good times indeed! In fact, sometimes the Swedish national selection can be a tad more exciting than Eurovision itself (Please don’t smite us Eurovision Gods!).
However, when totally enveloped in “Melfest Mania”, one question always springs to mind – “Why don’t more famous Swedish singers compete?” The country is a major player in the modern pop world, and always has been (looking at you ABBA). They have some truly talented people over there, who could really bring the contest to new heights. So here’s our own little wish list of who we’d DIE to see on stage. And for the sake of variety, we’re NOT including artists who have already competed (still love you Janet…and we’re sad that you won’t be there next year Ace Wilder).
Tove Lo hails from Stockholm, and doubles as a singer and songwriter. She’s written songs for the popular group Icona Pop (who would also be brilliant), but is a very talented dance-pop artist in her own right. She has a very unique voice, and is known for catchy chorus’, something that gets you far at Melodifestivalen! She could put on quite the show.
NONONO are a group comprised of the production team Astma & Rocwell and lead singer Stina Wäppling. They specialize in a pop-rock kind of sound, however they incorporate some indie into their songs as well. They are infectious and fresh, with Stina having a very unique, sultry vibe to her voice. They could do really well, especially with an upbeat style song!
Lykke Li is a very unique artist from Ystad. Her sound is best described as a mix between indie, electronic, and experimental. She gives off a vibe similar to Björk, eclectic beats behind passionate yet slightly cold vocals, resulting in very mysterious and entrancing sounding songs. Lykke Li would bring music that isn’t heard at Melodifestivalen normally.
September, real name Petra Marklund, is a Euro-Dance singer from Stockholm. Considered one of the best known female singers from Sweden, she has an extensive catalogue of dance hits which would make quite the splash at Melodifestivalen. It would be a very successful endeavor for her, as her infectious beats would stand out from the usual schlager. She is also a wonderful performer on stage, a song from her would be a real treat!
And finally, the ultimate dream contestant….
Robyn is arguably the most popular female artist from Sweden right now, even making an impact on the United States dance charts. She is a critically acclaimed singer, with her last album, “Body Talk” receiving rave reviews. Rolling Stone called it “the best dance-pop album of 2010″. Robyn manages to take futuristic, electronic songs, adding soul and emotion with her phenomenal vocals, creating wonderful works of musical art. Seeing her on the Melodifestivalen stage would be the ultimate dream come true, made even better in the event that she wins and represents Sweden at Eurovision. PLEASE PARTICIPATE ROBYN!!
So what do y’all think? Who are your dream participants? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and opinions!!