The Melfest rumours continue, this time with Swedish newspaper Expressen reporting that comeback queen Dinah Nah and the multi-ethnic Panetoz will both make a return in 2016. Also reported to be joining the 2016 roster is dancer Sigrid Bernson and the pancake-loving children’s entertainer Pidde Pannkaka.
Pink-haired popstress Dinah Nah made a spectacular comeback at #Melfest2015 with “Make Me (La La La)”. The song was co-written with superstar producer Dr. Alban, while the performance featured Dinah’s “wall of sex” dancers – who are all very welcome back for another year. Dinah earlier revealed that she was keen to return in 2016 and it looks like her wish has come true.
Panetoz have members from Gambia, Ethiopia, Angola, Congo and Finland-Sweden. Their fun song “Efter solsken” (After sunshine) make it direkt till final at Melodifestivalen 2014. Like Dinah Nah, the group were seen in the recording studio in the weeks before the Melfest deadline, so it looks like they were busy recording their entry.
Sigrid Bernson is best known as a dancer. Since 2011 she’s been a professional dancer on the Swedish series Let’s Dancer, and was (the slightly less famous) half of the winning duo three times. If Let’s Dance seems an odd match for Melfest, remember that Måns Zelmerlöw won the very first series back in 2006.
And let’s declare today Pancake Tuesday because Pidde Pannkaka rounds out the list of rumoured acts and he loves pancakes. Expressen dryly notes that “Pidde Pannkaka is known to entertain children and to love the pancakes.” Hey, we love the pancakes too! Pidde’s inclusion is a reminder that Melfest is popular with viewers of all ages.
There’s also a list of acts who are rumoured to have applied but are yet to be confirmed by SVT: Isa Tengblad (2015), Pernilla Andersson (2011), Ola Svensson (2008, 2010), Sean Banan (2012, 2013), Mariette Hansson (2015), Rickard Söderberg (2015), Molly Pettersson Hammar (2015), Anders Fernette (2011), David Lindgren (2012, 2013), Timoteij (2010, 2012), Hilda Stenmalm (Lilla MF 2008, MGP 2014), Dolly Style (2015), Simon Peyron (2013 – Outtrigger), Ammotrack (2014) and newcomers Badpojken, Mollie Lindén and Gabriel Alares