Sweden’s hopes for a victory at Eurovision 2015 rest on the finely chiseled shoulders of Måns Zelmerlöw, but now he has five backing vocalists to help share some of the burden. Today SVT confirmed that Britta Bergström, Michael Blomqvist, Linnea Deb, Alexander Holmgren, and Jeanette Olsson will join Måns on stage in Vienna.
Unlike Melodifestivalen, Eurovision does not allow pre-recorded backing vocals. So the Swedish delegation have called on these five to replace the pre-recorded choir we heard at Melfest. Naturally you won’t see them. As with Sanna last year and Loreen in 2012, they will be obscured and hidden so the focus can remain on Måns.
Of course, we’re talking about Sweden so these aren’t just any backing vocalists. Jeanette has provided vocals for albums from Britney Spears and Kate Ryan, and she sang with Antique at Eurovision 2001. Britta provided backing for Loreen in 2012 and for Molly Pettersson Hammer at Melfest in 2015. Linnea Deb is a co-author of “Heroes” and has worked with Ace of Base and Carola. But it’s not just about the ladies. Michael has performed with Carolla, Charlotte Nilsson and Mans. And Alexander finished sixth on the X Factor in 2012.
Do you think they’ll be able to recreate the amazing choral sound from Melfest? Let us know below!
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist / SVT