The rumour mill for Melodifestivalen 2017 is in full swing. If this latest batch of names is anything to go by, it could very well be one of the best Melfest years ever. Aftonbladet have reported eight new names for the 2017 edition, including fan favourites Ace Wilder, Mariette and Wiktoria amongst others.
It’s the Ace Wilder rumour that excites us the most. It’s believed that Ace will be returning to Melfest for a third attempt, but this time she won’t be collaborating with her usual team of Joy and Linnea Deb. Instead, we’re set to see Thomas G:Son writing a song for Ace.
Ace Wilder interview at Melodifestivalen 2016
G:Son — who is already penning a song for Cyprus’ act Hovig — has not had the best luck at Melodifestivalen recently. Last year, his only entry in the contest was Dolly Style’s “Rollercoaster”. But we doubt he’s been “Busy Doin’ Nothin'”, as Ace would say. This could be an incredibly exciting collaboration!
As for Mariette and Wiktoria, producer Christer Bjorkman is apparently keen on bringing both back. The issue is that neither currently has a song for the show. Still, with a staggering 2,478 songs submitted, there’s still hope. Y’all, we would love to see both of these ladies back on the #mello stage!
Wiktoria interview at Melodifestivalen 2016
Other returning names from the 2016 edition include Boris René and Robin Bengtsson. They’re joined by former athlete John Lundvik and former Idol contestants, Axel Schylström and Alice Svensson. Svensson took part in the 2008 edition of the show where she was runner-up to Kevin Borg. She also performed alongside the likes of Zara Larsson and Molly Sandén as a child. That’s some good company right there!
Perhaps the most curious rumour, though, is the one suggesting the return of Tommy Körberg. The two-time former Eurovision participant won’t be going it alone. Nor will he be bringing the rest of Ravaillacz back with him. Instead, it’s believed he might be teaming up with rock band Dead by April! This is a collaboration we need to see. Please let it happen! <Insert that palms together emoji.>
The latest set of names join the likes of Lisa Ajax and The Fooo Conspiracy on the list of expected acts, along with the one confirmed Act, indie band Les Gordons. Unfortunately, it still seems like there’s been no joy for Anna Book. She’s told the Swedish press that she is “still waiting” to hear about a song for her return, after her unfortunate disqualification last year.
Tickets for this year’s show went on sale last week and have been selling fast. At least we know that David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson won’t be among the rumoured acts, as they’re hosting the show alongside Clara Henry.
What do you think of the latest batch of Melodifestivalen rumours? Are you excited by any of these names, and the prospect of an Ace Wilder/Thomas G:Son collaboration? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.