Her big comeback at Melodifestivalen 2016 ended in drama after her song was disqualified. Now it seems that the second chance Anna Book was promised for Melfest 2017 won’t be happening either. The schlager legend has revealed that despite being promised a place in the 2017 semi-finals, she has not heard anything from SVT.
Anna Book’s 2016 entry “Himmel för två” was dramatically disqualified after it was discovered to have been based on Felicia Dunaf’s song “Taking Care of a Broken Heart” from Moldova’s national final in 2014. However, Anna Book was still able to perform the song out of competition at her Melfest semi-final.
SVT had suggested that Anna would have a place saved for her in Melodifestivalen 2017, and prolific Melfest songwriter Fredrik Kempe offered to write her an entry. But as Anna told Expressen, she’s still waiting to hear from both SVT and Kempe.
The schlager legend explained that she had not yet received an official request from SVT, nor has she heard from Fredrik Kempe. “I’m just waiting on the song and the opportunity to return to Melodifestivalen that I had been promised. The ball is with SVT and those who have promised me a new song.”
And she’s not terribly impressed by this treatment, saying, “I don’t think it’s okay that they didn’t even want to have the discussion. But I’m a big girl and I’m not going to cry over this.” Anna also told Expressen that if Melfest 2017 doesn’t happen, “I’m far too sensible and stable to get angry but I will certainly be disappointed.”
Entries for Melodifestivalen 2017 closed almost one month ago, and already rumours have started over the acts that SVT is selecting for the show.
The Foo Conspiracy, Lisa Ajax, Elisa Lindström, Ida LaFontaine are rumoured, and Svenktoppen Nästa wildcard winners Les Gordons will be at Melodifestivalen 2017. And perhaps Anna Book will also have a place.
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