Of the 28 acts that competed at Melodifestivalen 2016, thirteen made their debut turn on Sweden’s biggest stage. Six of these debutants — Frans, Wiktoria, Lisa Ajax, Robin Bengtsson, SaRaha and Boris Rene — made it all the way to the final. And Frans managed to win it all, going on to Eurovision where he placed a very respectable fifth.
As Christer Björkman pours over this year’s song submissions and begins the task of pairing artists with songs, the time is ripe to ask all you Melodifestivalen fans which debuting acts from 2016 you want to see back in Melodifestivalen 2017.
Visually, Wiktoria (“Save Me”) made an impression with her digital projection dress, while Swedish Idol winner Lisa Ajax (“My Heart Wants Me Dead”) got lost in wads of toilet paper. Robin Bengtsson brought one of the most cringe-worthy song titles of the year — “Constellation Prize” — but at least everyone could pronounce it, unlike SaRaha‘s “Kizunguzungu”.
If “5” is your lucky number, you might be keen on Mimi Werner (“Ain’t No Good”), Krista Siegfrids (“Faller”), Smilo (“Weight of the World”) or Eclipse (“Runaways”), as each of them finished fifth in their heats, just missing out on Andra Chansen. In the second chance round debutant Boris Rene slayed his way to the final, knocking out Albin Johnsen & Mattias (“Rik”) in the process.
Victor och Natten (100%) and Helena Gutarra and her singing partner Swingfly (“You Carved Your Name”) both came sixth in their heats.
And of course Frans (“If I Were Sorry”) won it all, despite narrowly losing the jury vote to Oscar Zia.
Who do you want to see back this year? You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name of each act you hope to see back in 2017.