The artists competing in Melodifestivalen will be revealed next Monday, 30 November, at 9:00 CET. Broadcaster SVT confirmed the date today via an invitation to Swedish media.
Following last week’s announcement of the Melfest 2016 hosts, SVT are now ready to unveil the acts who’ll be competing to represent their country on home soil in May. As is Melfest tradition, we’ll know the artists and their song titles but we won’t hear the tunes in question until Melodifestivalen starts in February. But unlike last year were the acts were revealed over two days, it seems this year we’ll be meeting them all in one session.
Swedish media have been invited to the press conference on Monday, when all will be revealed. As with most SVT announcements, it’s expected that the event will be live streamed on SVT.
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Names of rumoured acts for 2016 have been flying around for the past month. Let’s take a look back at who is rumoured to be part of the class of ’16.
Smajling Swedes – the one act we know will definitely be at Melfest are electro-pop trio the Smajling Swedes. The Svensktoppen Nästa finalists won the jury selection giving them a guaranteed Melfest entry.
Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia and Lisa Ajax – the first names to be rumoured back in mid October were Melfest 2015 it-girl Ace Wilder, Melfest 2014 star Oscar Zia, and Swedish Idol 2014 winner Lisa Ajax.
Samir & Viktor – next was Samir & Viktor, whose “Groupie” was one of the break-out hits of Melfest 2015. They’re reportedly working with Mello maestro Fredrik Kempe.
Dinah Nah, Panetoz, Sigrid Bernson and Pidde Pannkaka – pinked-haired popstress Dinah Nah is rumoured to be making a return, as is the multi-ethnic band and 2014 finalists Panetoz. Professional dancer Sigrid Bernsonwill reportedly be making her Melfest debut, as will children’s entertainer Pidde Pannkaka.
Linda Bengtzing, Molly Sandén and Eclipse – Melfest legend Linda Bengtzing will reportedly be entering for the fifth time, this time with a song by Robin Stjernberg, SVT are rumoured to be trying to woo back Molly Sandén for another go, while rock band Eclipse are said to be bringing their “melodious hair rock”.
Pernilla Andersson, Isa, Frans Jeppsson-Wall and Molly Pettersson Hammar – accomplished musician Pernilla Andersson is said to having another go at Melfest, and Isa will be bringing more of her sass. Frans Jeppsson-Wall, best known for a novelty song he made as a kid, will be debuting as a teen, while SVT is very keen to have Molly Pettersson Hammar come back for 2016.
That’s 16 acts out of 28 total, but if previous years have been anything to go by, the rumours don’t always turn out to be true.
We also know that Måns Zelmerlöw has co-written two Melfest entries for another artist(s) to perform.
And there’s a list of acts who are rumoured to have applied for 2016. Whether or not they’ll be selected is a different matter. Ola Svensson (2008, 2010), Sean Banan (2012, 2013), Mariette Hansson (2015), Rickard Söderberg (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.
Who would you like to see compete at Melfest 2016? Is there an act who can earn Swedish its second ESC win in a row? Share your thoughts below!