The Melodifestivalen rumours continue and this time it’s Melfest queen Linda Bengtzing who is reported to be on board for 2016 with a song by Robin Stjernberg. Not only that – Aftonbladet is also reporting that SVT are working hard to get Molly Sandén back for another year.
Linda Bengtzing is a Melfest legend, having previously competed in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014. She qualified for the final four times, with her best result being fifth place in 2008 for “Hur svårt kan det va?”. And last year there was also an odd rumour that the BBC were considering Linda for their 2015 entry.
Linda will be singing a song written 2013 Melfest winner Robin Stjernberg. Aftonbladet’s source describes the song as, “a little kitschy”, adding that it’s “just the kind that has worked well for Linda in the competition before”.
And it sounds like Linda is in it to win it. While she’s had five unsuccessful previous attempts, let’s not forget that it took Sanna Nielsen seven appearances before she took home the Great Songbird trophy – can Linda do it in six?
SVT are also reported to be chasing Molly Sandén. Molly represented Sweden at Junior Eurovision in 2006 with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”. She also competed in Melodifestivalen in 2009 with “Så vill stjärnorna” where she placed last in the final, and again in 2012 with “Why Am I Crying?”, which placed fifth.
Molly has since focused on her pop career, with her latest single being “Like No One’s Watching”. According to Aftonbladet’s source, SVT sees Molly as a potential winner, saying, “It is the right time for her to compete now. She could win everything.”
Rounding out the latest bunch of acts for Melfest is rock band Eclipse. They’ve been around since 1999 and, Aftonbladet notes, they are known for their “melodious hair rock”. With Minus One rocking for Cyprus, could 2016 be the year of rock?
As the rumours for Mello 2016 increase, we’re starting to get a good idea of how things are developing. The show will be hosted by Gina Dirawi, who will be joined by a guest co-presenters. Svensktoppen Nästa winners the Smajling Swedes have a place, and joining Linda, Eclipse and (maybe) Molly are rumoured to be Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia, Lisa Ajax, Samir & Viktor, Dinah Nah, Panetoz, Sigrid Bernson and Pidde Pannkaka.
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), Simon Peyron (2013 – Outtrigger), Ammotrack (2014) and newcomers Badpojken, Mollie Lindén and Gabriel Alares.