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

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”.

Strong women

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.

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criticca
criticca
5 years ago

What about Amy Diamond?

Laila
Laila
5 years ago

My two fav Mollys ever yas

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 years ago

I really wanted Molly Sanden for MelFest. I got it!!!!!!! ???????????????? #praisethelord

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

MPH MUST GET HER REVENGE

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

I really don’t want Sweden wins again in Stockholm… It’s enough Scandinavia. I love these countries, really but after Copenhagen, I couldn’t manage to go Vienna – and neither Stockholm.

If it would be Rome, Barcelona or Lisbon; even Budapest, Prague or Ljubljana I could go to see the live shows again…

D
D
5 years ago

This is gonna be the strongest MelFest year ever, I can tell. Based on the names only I’ll be rooting for Ace Wilder and Molly Sandén. I can picture the final voting being a war between those two. Can’t wait to hear the songs.

Firehunter
Firehunter
5 years ago

At this moment here are favorites of Melodifestivalen 2016.

T
T
5 years ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if Molly Sanden wins it all. She’s one of the biggest stars in Sweden right now and the GP love her. She started her career ten (!!) years ago and Swedish radio has been playing her non-stop the last year.

Ify_92
Ify_92
5 years ago

oops sorry Robyn i missed that part where you talked about it’s a female year lol

Ify_92
Ify_92
5 years ago

Amazing!!! The Molly’s are back! Now let’s get Mariette and Ellen benediktson back on track as well! It must be a girl this year!
2010 woman, 2011 man, 2012 woman, 2013 man, 2014 woman 2015 man and so it will be a woman in 2016

Armie
Armie
5 years ago

YAS OMG MOLLY PETTERSSON HAMMAR I LOVE HER

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

YES!