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 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?
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 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?
Think we just did some awesome stuff in the studio ?????
— Krista Siegfrids (@KristaSiegfrids) August 9, 2016
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?
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.
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?
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!
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?