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”

Ace has competed in Melfest twice before, first in 2014, where “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” placed second, and again in 2016 where “Don’t Worry” placed third.
Song by: Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Ace Wilder

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

What do you think of the Melodifestivalen 2017 lineup? Can one of these artists give Sweden its seventh victory? Share your thoughts below!


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Can’t wait for this weekend to se Ace perform, and win deltävling 1!? I just voted for her to win (as I also really really want to win tickets to the final in Stockholm 🙂

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Alexis, A statement such as “Eurovision song is meant to give you chills” doesn’t exist. It’s not a matter of fact, it’s a opinion. Eurovision means different things for different people. Not everyone is looking or wishing for songs that gives you the chills.

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@Alexis – I think THAT actually was the reason why I liked “If I Was Sorry”. It was so innovative and different in ESC terms. I seldom like songs that sounds too obviously “made for ESC”. And it came 5th, which proved Sweden can come 5th with songs which are not bad schlagers 🙂 It was very “chill” and relaxed indeed….I loved the groove and the driving beat

7 years ago

I’m relieved that someone like Frans isn’t on this year’s line-up. I like Frans’s song, but I didn’t feel that it was Eurovision material, it was too relaxing and chill. A Eurovision song is supposed to give you chills, not bore you. This is the second Melodifestivalen I am going to follow (I am an American, so I almost never have the opportunity to hear anything about Eurovision), and I have to say that this is the best line-up yet. I’m praying that Loreen won’t disappoint, as I still listen to “Euphoria” and “My Heart is Refusing Me”. I am… Read more »

7 years ago

Wow! This line-up is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! SVT really want that 7th win.

7 years ago

Based on what we know now i think Loreen and Mariette have the best chanche of winning, i think Ace her style won’t be as much appreciated as the years before. Sad to see that Molly Pettersson Hammar isnt on the list, also expected Dolly Style to be there.

1. Mariette (Those vocals are real!)
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WOW, I think we could be going back to Sweden AGAIN next year! Charlotte Perreli, Ace Wilder, Lisa Ajax, Dinah Nah, Loreen, Mariette! WOW

7 years ago

Oh, baby! This is gonna be a mess! ACE! 🙂 JON HENRIK! 🙂 LOREEN!!! 🙂

Look out! For those of you who have watched this thing for a very long time, I imagine this will be the best MF in years!

I will have my hands full trying to grade everyone’s performances. How will they set up the stage this time?

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Sweden is looking for another win! This line up is great!

7 years ago

Any of the “favourites” would be a top 5 candidate for ESC!

7 years ago

Jon Henrik <3 i want to know how would be the song since it is a feat, how you sing a song with him…

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7 years ago

Wow! Nice lineup! Loreen came of out left field! No doubt she’ll make MelFest final, but not convinced yet she’s going to win the thing. So pleased to see Jon Henrik again! Love his style and voice. (Let’s see how that collaboration goes!) Hope he can take the crown, but he’s got some stiff competition from the ladies! Love to see Sweden go to ESC with non-English song, but foreign juries will snuff that out. 🙁

7 years ago

Molly was favorite because insiders said the song was great and she was last act out. But there’s a big difference between Loreen and Molly, Molly is a basic boring singer while Loreen is a true artist, she knows how to make a number while Molly just made a bad Euphoria copy in her performance.

7 years ago

I would like to see Charlotte Perrelli at least make Andra Chansen. I’m glad “The Girl” isn’t the end of her Melfest career – it’s a wonderful song, but she flubbed her lines and ended 5th in her heat, so yeah, not great. If she at least gets her lyrics right this time I guess it will be an improvement. Let’s all learn the lesson on hype from 2016 – Molly Sandén was tipped to come out on top, and we know how that worked out for her. Remember that until we hear the songs, nobody knows anything. Not the… Read more »