The list of confirmed and rumoured Melodifestivalen 2015 acts just keeps on leaking—and we are more than happy to sit back and soak it all up. Today Aftonbladet reports that Panetoz, Midnight Boy, and Jan Johansen have #melfest on their radar. Interestingly, Johansen, a Eurovision veteran, will reportedly perform a song from Swedish crime novelist Camilla Läckberg.
Panetoz returns to #melfest 2015
The paper has confirmed that Panetoz, the multi-ethnic group that draws members originally from Angola, Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Finland and Sweden, will return to Melodifestivalen for a second straight year. Last year they qualified direct to the final with their song “Efter solsken” (After sunshine), and ultimately finished in ninth place (ahead of only Anton Ewald). The Wiwi Jury described their entry last year as “the most modern but perhaps the least suited for Eurovision.” Will they adjust things in 2015? Their song will reportedly be written by Wrethov, one of the author’s behind Azerbaijan’s stand-out song “Always” from Eurovision 2009 in Moscow.
Midnight Boy — aka Johan Krafman — will sing a song from Joy and Linnea Deb, who collaborated on recent #melfest classics “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” and “You”. You may recall that Mr Boy released a fleshy video for his song “When You’re Strange”. In it he walked down the street with no clothes. He’s certainly confident…
Jan Johansen and Camilla Läckberg
In perhaps the most interesting news, Eurovision veteran Jan Johansen will be teaming up with famed crime novelist Camilla Läckberg. Apparently she has submitted songs before but never made it to the shows. She’s over the moon — and we can understand why! Johansen, you’ll recall, is a bit of a Melodifestivalen legend. He sang for Sweden at Eurovision 1995 and finished third. He subsequently competed at #melfest three times, finishing fourth, seventh and second (in 2001, 2002 and 2003. We recently filmed him singing at the Eurovision Live Concert in Setubal, suggesting he is gearing up for a Eurovision bid.
Who are you most excited about?