The big announcement of the acts for Melodifestivalen 2016 is now only five days away, but another three names of potential acts have leaked. Aftonbladet is reporting that Melfest 2016 will include drag act After Dark, Melfest legend Anna Book and Swedish-African popstress SaRaha.
Drag act After Dark have been performing since 1976 and will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Mello entry. They have competed in Melfest twice before. In 2004 they entered with “La dolce vita”, which placed third in the final. They returned in 2007 with the innuendo-laden “(Åh) När ni tar saken i egna händer”, but did not progress from the semi-final.
Singer and TV host Anna Book will also be celebrating an anniversary. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of her first Melfest appearance, where she placed fifth with “ABC”. Anna also entered the following year with “Det finns en morgondag”, and made a comeback 20 years later in 2007 with “Samba Sambero”, where she placed ninth in the final. Anna competed on the 2006 series of Let’s Dance where she came second to Måns Zelmerlöw.
SaRaha is the Swedish-born, Tanzania-raised Sara Larsson, who has been making a name for herself with her take on Afropop. In the past, her song lyrics have been in Swahili, but this year she’s started recording in Swedish, with her single “Yerere” mixing up Afropop sounds with a Swedish pop sensibility.
The list of rumoured Melfest acts now tops 21 out of 28 acts, with After Dark, Anna Book and SaRaha joining Smajling Swedes, Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia, Lisa Ajax, Samir & Viktor, Dinah Nah, Panetoz, Sigrid Bernson, Pidde Pannkaka, Linda Bengtzing, Molly Sandén, Eclipse, Pernilla Andersson, Isa, Frans Jeppsson-Wall, Molly Pettersson Hammar, and Albin feat. Mattias Andréasson.
The full list of the 2016 participants will be presented at the official press conference on Monday at 9:00 CET.