The entry period for Melodifestivalen 2017 opened this morning and will close a few weeks later on 19 September. We won’t find out which artists have been selected until sometime in November, but already we’ve been seeing very interesting pics on social media that suggest some previous Melfest stars are getting ready to enter again.

Indie band Les Gordons have already been selected for Melfest 2017 through Svensktoppen Nästa, but there are 27 slots left to fill, and Melfest tradition dictates that some of these will go to returning artists.

Over the past few weeks we’ve noticed previous Melfest stars sharing pics on social media that show them working on new music. Sure, they might be recording stuff that has nothing to do with Melodifestivalen, but given that these pics were taken only weeks away from the Melfest 2017 deadline, we can’t help wonder if we’ll be seeing these stars in Friends Arena in March – or maybe even on stage in Ukraine next year, aiming for Sweden’s seventh Eurovision win.

Robin Bengtsson

Robin B was one of the big breakthrough stars of Melfest 2016, with his fifth-placed song “Constellation Prize”. Is he hoping for more than a consolation prize in 2017?

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Sean Banan

The banana-loving Sean Banan has participated in Melfest twice before – in 2012 with “Sean den förste Banan”, then in 2013 with the sixth-placed “Copacabanana”. Is it time for Sean to bring some fruity realness back to Melfest?

Krista Siegfrids

Krista has already represented Finland at Eurovision with the delightful “Marry Me” in 2013, and last year she made her Melfest debut with the schlagertastic “Faller” which placed a respectable fifth in its semi-final. Is she hoping to better that result in 2017?

Rickard Söderberg

Rickard “the gay tenor” Söderberg narrowly missed out at Melfest 2015 with “One By One”, his duet with rock vocalist Elize Ryd. But will he get a second chance in 2017 and bring his unique operatic fabulousness to the Melfest?

Studiodag. Mör, men glad. ?

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Mimi Werner

Country-pop singer Mimi was a newcomer at Melfest 2016, but narrowly missed out with her song “Ain’t No Good”. She’s been spotted with her team in the recording studio, suggesting that she may have plans for a Melfest comeback.

MMM SESSION ?? @martinbjelke @marcussvedin #stockholm

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Anton Ewald

Anton got his start at Melfest as a dancer, before getting behind the microphone in 2003 with “Begging” and 2014 with “Natural”. His recent Instagram video shows he’s been busy working on a new R&B track – could he also be recording a Melfest entry?

???

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Magnus Carlsson

Magnus’s 2015 Melfest entry “Möt mig i Gamla stan” became an earworm for those of us in Stockholm earlier this year. But is the schlager king planning yet another Melfest entry? We hope so!

Kvällsjobb i studion! ??? #studiowork #recordingstudio

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Martin Almgren

Martin Almgren hasn’t entered Melfest before, but as the 2015 winner of Swedish Idol winner, he’s associated with a talent show that has always been a good source of Melfest entrants – the last two Swedish Eurovision winners were even Idol alumni. Martin Almgren is the most recent Idol champ, and he’s recently been spotted in the studio. Is he hoping to do a Lisa Ajax and make it to the Melfest final?

Studio time!!!! #studio #soul #feeling

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tarKris
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tarKris

Random.sage2.5……where from the reference to genitalia came? Died laughing????

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

none of these artists really speak to me :/

#TeamJustin
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#TeamJustin

@PolskaPolandPologne Unfortunately Margaret has already stated that she won’t do Eurovision as she is more focused on her international career at the moment.

Thiefo
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I just hoping for a MPH to do a Valentina Monetta and finally qualify to the final on a third attempt 😛

random.sage2.5
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Bring back Linus Svenning!

Anyway, penis. I don’t think Mimi Werner and Kirsta Sigfreids would come back in 2017 but another year is promising. I haven’t see any schlager acts come back the next year after they competed.

Everyone else is a maybe. Especially Anton Elwald. In the end, SVT has to accept the artist AND the song!

Charles
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Charles

… and yet none of these names mirror the reasons why I love Swedish made music … if this is what we’re to expect on MF 2017 … it’s gonna be a lame boring so-so one … not far from what this year’s edition ended up becoming.

PolskaPolandPologne
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PolskaPolandPologne

I hope Margaret will take part in Polish National Final, not in Melodifestivalen as rumors say

Denis
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Denis

I can see Robin Bengtssson return,after his success this year. Martin Almgren too, Idol finalists tend to show what they know pretty early.
Sean Banan would be great too, we need more fun and craziness in the MF.

Mimi and Anton I would love to see back. And expect SVT to still clang on to schlager even though it “died” last year, so Magnus, Söderberg and Anna Book could return to.

AnesBosna
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AnesBosna

I would absolutely LOVE to see Rickard Söderberg and Martin Almgren in next years Melfest. Both are amazing vocalists 😀

Also;
“before getting behind the microphone in 2003 with “Begging””
small typo spotted 😛

D
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D

Please no Sean Banan. I’m hoping for Wiktoria, Lisa Ajax, and Peg Parnevik to take part this year. But honestly who cares about wishlists because every year there’s bound to be many artists both returners and newcomers who we’re going to fall in love with.

beccaboo1212
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I’m also hoping for two (2) former stars from Junior Eurovision to be “ready for #MelFest”.

* Eliias (JESC 2013)
* Julia Kedhammer (JESC 2014)

Prize
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Prize

I hope to see Robin Bengtsson again. His song was pure perfection.

Also i want to see Krista performing amazing song in english again. More like On&Off.

Ron Kavaler
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Thank you for a great post 🙂
I think Robin Bengtsson will be back for sure, and of course Anna Book after she got kicked out in 2016.

oooops
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oooops

Little great things participated in melfest 2014

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I heard recently that Charlie from Little great things will participate in swedish Idol as a solo artist, we will see how it will turn out for him sometime next week