Two weeks after Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia and Lisa Ajax were reported to be participating in Melodifestivalen 2016, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that Samir & Viktor will also be returning to Melodifestivalen next year – and with a song by a Melfest legend.
According to reports, Samir & Viktor will be entering with a song written by Melodifestivalen legend Fredrik Kempe. He’s the man behind dozens of Melfest and Eurovision hits, such as “Popular”, “Undo”, “Blame it on the Disco” and “Sting”. Fredrik has won Melfest four times, but he’s never won Eurovision. Can he do it with Samir & Viktor?
The duo were one of the break-out stars of Melodifestivalen 2015. Their song “Groupie” might have only placed eighth in the Melodifestivalen final, but it was a massive hit in Sweden, peaking at No.3 and spending 24 weeks in the chart. And it was responsible for introducing a new term to Melfest viewers in Sweden and around the world.
Samir & Viktor followed up “Groupie” with another hit single, “Saxof*ckingfone”, which reached No.2 in Sweden and No.10 in Norway. The duo might not have the strongest singing voices, but they can deliver fun and entertainment. It seems likely they’ll continue in that spirit, rather than tackling a Kempe ballad like “Undo”.
Aftonbladet also reports that other Swedish stars are still waiting to hear from SVT as to whether they’ve been selected for Melodifestivalen 2016. These include Isa Tengblad (2015), Pernilla Andersson (2011), Ola Svensson (2008, 2010), Sean Banan (2012, 2013), Mariette Hansson (2015), Rickard Söderberg (2015), Panetoz (2014), Molly Pettersson Hammar (2015), Anders Fernette (2011), David Lindgren (2012, 2013), Timoteij (2010, 2012), Hilda Stenmalm (Lilla MF 2008, MGP 2014), Dinah Nah (2015), Dolly Style (2015), Simon Peyron (2013 – Outtrigger), Ammotrack (2014) and newcomers Badpojken, Mollie Lindén and Gabriel Alares
Details of the new logo for Melodifestivalen have been revealed. The old “shiny crown” design from 2011 has been replaced by this new, more minimalist design. There’s a lot wrapped up in the design. We’re seeing the crown, the letter M, a folded streamer, three or six people, and a rainbow.
Melfest project manager Anette Helenius explained to SVT that the logo had been changed because while the old logo looked good on television, it was harder to use in other forms. The new logo works well at different scales. And the change of logo for Melfest 2016 is part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of modern Melodifestivalen.
What do you think about Samir & Viktor returning to Melfest? Who else would you like to see take part in 2016? And what do you think of the new Melfest logo? Leave your thoughts below.
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