On the eve of the big Melodifestivalen announcement, more names are being reported as likely acts. Making the list is UMK 2017 host Krista Siegfrids, who is reportedly making a return, and Polish star Margaret looks likely for a Melfest debut.
Aftonbladet reports that Krista will be returning to Melfest, along with newcomers Benjamin Ingrosso and Adrijana, and the first Melfest appearance of Swedish entertainment legend Owe Thörnqvist. It’s also looking very likely that Polish star Margaret will be making her Melodifestivalen debut.
Krista first represented her own country, Finland, at Eurovision 2013, where “Marry Me” placed 24th. She made her Melodifestivalen debut in 2016, with the schlagertastic “Faller”. It placed fifth in its semi-final, narrowly missing out on qualifying for Andra Chansen.
Earlier this YLE revealed that Krista would be returning as the host of Finnish national final UMK. Last year her hosting duties and Melfest appearance meant Krista has to miss out hosting on UMK semi-final. However, the sole UMK show is scheduled for one week before Melodifestivalen begins. So this year you’ve got yourself a girl who can do both.
She might not have won the 2016 Polish national final, but Margaret’s scorching hot Swedish-written song “Cool Me Down” was a fan favourite. The Polish it-girl has since gone on to launch her pop career in Sweden, and a Melodifestivalen appearance will only strengthen that. Fans have noted that Margaret is currently in Sweden, perfect timing for the Melfest announcement.
Benjamin is an upcoming pop singer who will be making his Melodifestivalen debut. In 2006 he won Lilla Melodifestivalen with the funky “Hej, Sofia!”. Benjamin is of Melfest royalty – his mum is five-time Melfest entrant Pernilla Wahlgren, while his ex-auntie is Eurovision winner and rumoured 2017 returning star Charlotte Perrelli.
Aftonbladet reports that Benjamin had several meetings with SVT before committing to Melodifestivalen. Earlier this year he released the soul song “Love You Again”.
At the age of 87, Owe Thörnqvist will be the oldest ever Melodifestivalen participant. He’s a Swedish entertainment legend, having worked as a performer for over 60 years. Thörnqvist has been described as a “Swedish troubadour” and is known for his love of different genres and ability to use humour in his songs. He has written songs for other Melodifestivalen acts (1962, 1963 and 1965), but this will be his first time as a performer.
Krista Siegfrids, Margaret, Benjamin Ingrosso and Owe Thörnqvist will join Adrijana, Nano Omar, Etzia, Anton Hagman, Charlotte Perrelli, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, De Vet Du, Alice Svensson, Robin Bengtsson, Ace Wilder, Boris René, Wiktoria Johansson, Mariette Hansson, Axel Schylström, John Lundvik, The Fooo Conspiracy, Lisa Ajax, Elisa Lindström, Ida LaFontaine and Les Gordons for Melodifestivalen 2017. The national selection will have a total of 28 competitors.
SVT will announce the confirmed lineup for Melodifestivalen 2017 at a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday 30 November, at 9:30 CET. Wiwibloggs will be there, bringing you full coverage.