Earlier in the month it was reported that broadcaster SVT was holding space in Melodifestivalen for both Molly Pettersson Hammar and Molly Sandén. Now Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that the two Mollys have each agreed to participate, meaning that competition this year will be tough.
Aftonbladet reports that the two singers were hesitant to return, each making her decision at the last minute after SVT’s “persuasion campaign” had worked its magic.
Molly Sandén competed in Junior Eurovision 2006, where her song “Det finaste någon kan få” (“The best someone could get”) placed third. Sandén made her Melfest debut in 2009, placing 11th in the final with “Så vill stjärnorna” (“So the stars want”). She returned in 2012 where her entry “Why am I Crying” placed fifth. In 2015 she has been focusing on her pop career, releasing her latest single “Like No One’s Watching” earlier this year. Aftonbladet is reporting that Molly’s boyfriend Danny Saucedo helped her select her Melfest song.
Molly Pettersson Hammar
Molly Pettersson Hammar got her break on Idol 2011 where she placed fourth. She made a big impact in Melfest 2015 with her show-stopping anthem “I’ll Be Fine”, but Pettersson Hammar shockingly missed out on making the final, thought to be a result of technical issues with the controversial Melodifestivalen app. Earlier this year she released her follow-up single “Something Right”.
Melodifestivalen tends to alternate between “male” and “female” years. With 2016 being a “female” year, the two Mollys are making a line-up of very strong female performers. If the rumours are anything to go by, 2016 will also include Ace Wilder, Lisa Ajax, Dinah Nah and Isa, along with Melfest legends Linda Bengtzing, Pernilla Andersson and Anna Book. Competition will be fierce.
SVT will official announce the 2016 Melodifestivalen artists on Monday at 9:00 CET.