It’s not long now. In less than 24 hours we’ll know the full official line-up of Melodifestivalen 2016, but until then, the rumours continue. Aftonbladet is reporting that Swedish football player (and musician) Boris Lumbana will be entering Melfest, while 2005 Swedish representative Martin Stenmarck will make a return.
Congolese-born footballer Boris is best known as a defender for Degerfors IF, but when he’s not on the field, he is developing his career as an alternative pop singer. Aftonbladet say he’ll likely perform under his stage name, Boris René. The paper say that Boris has submitted songs to Melfest in the past, but this is the first time he’s been accepted.
Martin will be making his third appearance in Melfest. His first entry was in 2005 where he won with “Las Vegas” which placed 19th with only 30 points in Kyiv – Sweden’s worst score since 1992. Martin make a comeback in 2014 with “När änglarna går hem” (“When the angels go home”), which lost against Linus Svenning’s “Bröder” in the Andrea Chansen round.
The list still keeps growing
The list of rumoured Melfest acts now tops 27 out of 28 acts, with Boris Lumbana and Martin Stenmarck joining Smajling Swedes, Ace Wilder, Oscar Zia, Lisa Ajax, Samir & Viktor, Dinah Nah, Panetoz, Sigrid Bernson, Pidde Pannkaka, Linda Bengtzing, Eclipse, Pernilla Andersson, Isa, Frans Jeppsson-Wall, Albin feat. Mattias Andréasson, After Dark, Anna Book, SaRaha, Molly Sandén, Molly Pettersson Hammar, Tommy Nilsson, Patrik Isaksson and Uno Svenningsson, B Robin, Dolly Style, David Lindgren and Swingfly.
That might seem like almost the full line-up, but it’s important to remember that only one of those acts — Smajling Swedes — has been officially confirmed. It’s always possible that some of these acts may have pulled out with others taking their place. And could there even be a few red herrings on the list?
We’ll soon know. The full list of the 2016 participants will be presented at the official press conference tomorrow (Monday) at 9:00 CET.