She’s the Melodifestivalen legend who was expecting a place in Melfest 2017 after being disqualified from the competition earlier this year. But when the 2017 line-up was announced on Wednesday, Anna Book‘s name was not on the list. And she’s spoken out, saying she’s extremely upset at missing out.
At Melodifestivalen 2016, Anna Book’s entry “Himmel för två” was dramatically disqualified. Eurovision fans identified the song as having been based on Felicia Dunaf’s entry in the 2014 Moldovan national final. However, Anna Book was still able to perform the song out of competition at her Melfest semi-final.
SVT reportedly said that Anna would be welcome back at Melodifestivalen 2017, and prolific Melfest songwriter Fredrik Kempe offered to write her an entry. But as Anna told Expressen in October, she was still waiting to hear from both SVT and Kempe.
In a recent interview with Aftonbladet, a tearful Anna revealed that the Melfest team had not approached her regarding 2017. She said she felt betrayed by the Melfest team, especially boss Christer Björkman and project manager Anette Helenius.
Anna told the newspaper, “I’m incredibly disappointed that it is so easy for them to get out of a lot of promises and statements about “this will not happen” and “we will compensate for this”, but you hear nothing.”
Anna says she asked her manager to contact SVT to ask what was happening but did not receive a response.
However, SVT says they have not heard anything from Anna Book. An SVT representative stated: “We have not received any request about Anna Book’s participation in Melodifestivalen 2017 and we have not promised her a place in Melodifestivalen.”
Prolific Melodifestivalen songwriter Fredrik Kempe has been busy this year as a judge on Swedish Idol. He does not have any songs in Melodifestivalen 2017, his first time away from the competition in 11 years.
It does not appear that Anna Book made any effort to organise a song as her potential Melfest entry.
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