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.

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Héctor
Héctor
4 years ago

It seems Melfest it’s going bigger! I’m looking forward to see what Mariette can bring, 2015 what a strong year with Mans and Jon Henrik, I was hoping Jon or Mariette won that year, both were amazing and heartwarming. I’m also exited about the comeback of Dead by April, Boris René and Robin Bengston! Also Wictoria is okay. Who I don’t like is Ace Wilder, her past participations are based in crappy songs below average with a catchy melody and a hard-to-listen voice. She’s always overrated, if this is going to be the best year I don’t want it to… Read more »

Melissa J
4 years ago

OH please I would love to see Robin back!! There’s a ton of good names rumored, I can’t wait to see who they get.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Go Lisa Ajax! I still listen to “My Heart Wants Me Dead”! 😀

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

@khm – Agreed.
Though Lisa Ajax coming back is good.

Anouska
Anouska
4 years ago

Totally pumped to hear Ace is rumoured to return. I have everything crossed it will be a case of ‘third time lucky’ for her.

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

Ace and G:son don’t match well at all.
But her main trouble is called “Busy doin nothing”. I think it will be very difficult to get a better song.

I’m looking forward to Robin, Lisa and Wiktoria.

And Mariette.. I’m already bored like her 2015 flop.

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

G:son likes big choruses sung by divas, Ace Wilder is not that type of singer, so I find it an odd combination. But who knows, it might work.

khm
khm
4 years ago

I’m not so happy to see Wiktoria again.

Maria
Maria
4 years ago

Yes, please!

Isaac Visser
Isaac Visser
4 years ago

Ace must go the Eurovision, period.

Z24
Z24
4 years ago

Oh wait you reported it already. Haha! sorry, missed on that.

Z24
Z24
4 years ago

Also, wiwibloggs, it’s also said Lisa is teaming up with Ola Svensson in her song, just saying something I heard you might like to know.

Z24
Z24
4 years ago

The Dead By April collab. It must happen. I NEED to see that. The return of Croatia 2008 but more metal and awesome

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

I just want for Dinah Nah to make me La La La…..

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

All I see is basic white girls. None of them have brought anything interesting to the Mediocrityfestivalen, I don’t see why we need them again when Sweden has so many talented artists like Veronica Maggio and Miriam Bryant. I need quality, and this implies new faces.

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
4 years ago

Mariette would be awesome to have back

_Peyton22
_Peyton22
4 years ago

Honestly if Wikitoria, Mariette, or Ace win, this could bring Sweden the coveted 7th win!

ROMANIA
ROMANIA
4 years ago

OMG this Melodifestivalen edition will be more better than Eurovision 2017 :)) .