For weeks the Melfest rumour mill has been churning out suspected Melodifestivalen 2017 artists (see here, here, and here for starters). But now Sweden’s SVT has finally separated fact from fiction by confirming the 28 acts who have made it to Europe’s glitziest and sexiest national selection. The line-up includes some of Sweden’s hottest artists, Melfest legends, as well as newcomers. Let’s take a look.
SVT revealed the artists and their song titles in a press conference today. We won’t hear the songs until the rehearsal week of each semi-final in February.
The 2017 competition is full of returning Melfest stars, including two Eurovision winners — Charlotte Perrelli and Loreen. Other returning artists include Ace Wilder, Wiktoria, Roger Pontare, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Dinah Nah, Boris René and Mariette.
Semi-final 1: Gothenburg
Adrijana – “Amare”
Adrijana is a 19-year-old rapper from Vaxjö who will be making her Melfest debut. She recently signed to Universal Music Sweden, and released the single “Kan NT med mig”.
Song by: Martin Tjärnberg, Adrijana Krasniqi
Boris René – “Her Kiss”
Pro footballer Boris made his Melfest debut in 2016 where his smooth R&B jam “Put Your Love on Me” placed 10th overall.
Song by: Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren
Nano – “Hold On”
Newcomer R&B singer Nano Omar overcame a tough childhood and discovered a love of music. Last year he released the autobiographical single “Perfect Melody”.
Song by: Nano Omar, Gino Yonan, Ayak, Carl Rydén, Christoffer Belaieff, Rikard de Bruin, David Francis Jackson
Charlotte Perrelli – “Mitt liv” (My life)
Charlotte has completed at Melfest three times before, including two wins — one of which led to her 1999 Eurovision victory with “Take Me to Your Heaven”.
Song by: Charlotte Perrelli, Lars Hägglund
Dinah Nah – “One More Night”
Dinah got her start in the pop group Caramell. She made her Melfest debut in 2015 with “Make Me (La La La)”, which placed last in the grand final.
Song by: Thomas G:son, Jimmy Jansson, Dinah Nah, Dr Alban
De Vet Du – “Road Trip”
Four-piece comedy group De Vet Du (“They know you” or “You know that”) have a reputation for humorous songs and YouTube videos. They had a recent chart hit with “Fy fan va stek”.
Song by: Johan Gunterberg, Christopher Martland
Ace Wilder – “Wild Child”
Semi-final 2: Malmö
Mariette – “A Million Years”
Mariette placed fourth on Swedish Idol in 2009. She made her Melfest debut in 2015 with “Don’t Stop Believing”, which placed third overall.
Song by: Thomas G:son, Johanna Jansson, Peter Boström, Mariette Hansson, Jenny Hansson
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Good Loovin'”
Benjamin won Lilla Melodifestivalen in 2006 with “Hej, Sofia!”. He’s since launched his pop career and released the soul single “Love You Again” earlier this year.
Song by: Benjamin Ingrosso, Louis Schoorl, Matt Pardon
Dismissed – “Hearts Align”
Dismissed is a glam rock band, making their Melodifestival debut. Their song has been co-written by Ola Salo, who represented Sweden at Eurovision 2007.
Song by: Ola Salo, Peter Kvint
Roger Pontare – “Himmel och hav” (Sky and sea)
Melfest legend Roger Pontare represented Sweden at Eurovision — in 1994 with “Stjärnorna” and in 2000 with “When Spirits Are Calling My Name”, which placed 13th and 7th.
Song by: Thomas G:son, Alexzandra Wickman
Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A”
The Swedish Idol 2014 winner made her Melfest debut in 2016 where her song “My Heart Wants Me Dead” placed seventh overall. Her song has been written by “Heroes” authors The Family.
Song by: Ola Svensson, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Anton Hård af Segerstad
Etzia – “Up”
Swedish dancehall artist Etzia was born in New York to a Panamanian mother and a Trinidadian father. Last year she released “Jah Will Provide”.
Song by: Johnny Sanchez, Hanif Sabzevari, Simon Gribbe, Erica Haylett
Allyawan – “Vart haru varit”
Swedish rapper Allyawan recently released the single “Goolooleh (Kulor)”.
Song by: Masse Salazar, Samuel Nazari
Semi-final 3: Växjö
Owe Thörnqvist – “Boogieman Blues”
The 87-year-old entertainment legend will be the oldest ever Melfest participant. This will mark his first time at Mello as a singer, however in the 1960s he wrote three songs for other artists.
Song by: Owe Thörnqvist
Bella & Filippa – “Crucified”
Isabella Snihs and Filippa Frisell are a upcoming pop duo, known for their covers and original songs on YouTube.
Song by: Peter Hägerås, Mats Frisell, Jakob Stadell, Filippa Frisell, Isabella Snihs
The Fooo Conspiracy – “Gotta Thing”
Boyband the Fooo Conspiracy have won Best Swedish Act at the MTV EMAs for the past three years, and recently teamed up with Danny Saucedo to release a Spanish version of their hit “My Girl”. Their Melfest appearance will be their first as a trio, after member Oscar recently left.
Song by: Robert ”Mutt” Lange, Tony Nilsson
Jasmine Kara – “Gravity”
Jasmine is known for her appearances on Sweden television, including Allsång på Skansen. Earlier this year she released the single “Celly”.
Song by: Anderz Wrethov, Jasmine Kara
Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On”
Idol 2008 alum Robin made his Melfest debut in 2016, with the song “Constellation Prize”, which placed fifth overall. Robin’s song has been written by 2013 Melfest winner Robin Stjernberg.
Song by: David Kreuger, Hamed ”K-One” Pirouzpanah, Robin Stjernberg
Anton Hagman – “Kiss You Goodbye”
18-year-old Anton recently signed to Universal Music Sweden. He is known for his YouTube covers of popular songs, including Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”.
Song by: Christian Fast, Tim Schou, Henrik Nordenback
Krista Siegfrids – “Snurra min jord” (Spin my world)
Krista represented Finland at Eurovision 2013 and made her Melfest debut in 2016 with “Faller”. She will also host Finland’s UMK 2017.
Song by: Krista Siegfrids, Gustaf Svenungsson, Magnus Wallin, Gabriel Alares
Semi-final 4: Skellefteå
Wiktoria – “As I Lay Me Down”
Wiktoria made her Melfest debut in 2016, where her country-inspired “Save Me” placed fourth in the grand final, launching Wiktoria’s pop career.
Song by: Justin Forrest, Jonas Wallin, Lauren Dyson
Les Gordons – “Bound to Fall”
The indie rock band Les Gordons won the Svensktoppen Nästa song competition wildcard entry to Melfest, after impressing the jury with their energetic number “Need to Feel”.
Song by: Jonatan Renström, Albert Björliden, Andreas Persson, Carl Ragnemyr, David Runebjörk, Jimmy Jansson
Sara Varga och Juha Mulari – “Du får inte ändra på mig” (You cannot change me)
Sara Varga debuted at Melodifestivalen 2011, where her song “Spring för livet” placed ninth in the grand final. She has teamed up with Stockholm singer Juha Mulari.
Song by: Sara Varga, Lars Hägglund
Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – “En värld full av strider” (A world full of battles)
Reindeer herder, traditional joik singer and Sweden’s Got Talent winner Jon Henrik previously competed at Melfest 2015, where his emotional joik song “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” placed second.
Song by: Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Sara Biglert, Christian Schneider, Andreas Hedlund
Axel Schylström – “När ingen ser”
After being severely burned in an accident in 2012, Axel overcame his injuries and competed on Swedish Idol last year. He was a popular contestant and placed fourth.
Song by: Behshad Ashnai, Axel Schylström, David Strääf
Alice Svensson – “Running with Lions”
Alice got her start as a child on a number of talent shows. In 2008 she was a contestant on Swedish Idol, eventually placing second to the winner Kevin Borg.
Song by: Anderz Wrethov, Andreas ”Stone” Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Alice Svensson
Loreen – “Statements”
In one of the biggest and best surprises of the Melfest 2017 line-up, Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen is back for another shot!
Song by: Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Loreen
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