The September 1st Eurovision deadline has come — and that also means the submission period for Melodifestivalen 2018 has opened. So now it’s time for our annual delve into the social media profiles of Swedish music stars and see who has been conspicuously busy in the studio in recent weeks, perhaps preparing an entry for Melfest 2018.
Last year we spotted Robin Bengtsson, Wiktoria, Dinah Nah and Krista Siegfrids in the studio — and they all later showed up in the Melfest 2017 line-up. This year plenty of previous Melfest stars have been busy in the studio. But are they preparing an entry for Melfest 2018 or just laying down some new tunes? Let’s take a look!
Molly Pettersson Hammar
In 2015 she made her Melodifestivalen debut with “I’ll Be Fine”, which was controversially knocked out in the heats. In 2016 she did better with her entry “Hunger”, advancing as far as the andra chansen round. Last year Molly Pettersson Hammar finally made it to Eurovision, as the cowriter and backing vocalist behind Ira Losco’s “Walk on Water”. But is the former Swedish Idol contestant having another attempt at Melfest?
In 2014 the Iranian-Swedish singer missed out in a place in the grand final with her song “Aleo”. Mahan Moin has recently been spotted in the recording studio, complete with the very interesting hashtags #eurovisinsongcontest #esccamp2017 and #esc2018. Could she be planning a return to Melfest? Or is she writing for someone else?
He made his Melfest debut in 2016, where “Constellation Prize” was a breakout hit. Then he returned this year with “I Can’t Go On”, won Melfest and took home an impressive fifth-place finish in Kyiv for Sweden. But is Robin Bengtsson planning a return? He’s been spotted in the studio — and it wouldn’t be the first time a Melfest winner has made another attempt.
She made her Melfest debut in 2016, where her feel-good song “Kizunguzungu” was a breakthrough hit. But is SaRaha hoping for a Melfest return? The Swahili photo caption suggests some more Afro-Swedish realness. SaRaha urges fans to “listen carefully” as she sings.
He’s the triple-Melfest star and one-time Eurovision representative who said he’d never return. But yet Eric Saade — who gave Sweden a third-place result in 2011 with “Popular” — has been spotted in the studio again. Melfest seems unlikely — he’ll be busy following his appearance on Så mycket bättre — but you never know.
In 2010 she gave Sweden its worst result of the semi-final era when her song “This is My Life” failed to qualify for the grand final. But is a chance at redemption in the works for Anna Bergendahl? She’s been spotted on Instagram hard at work making music.
She’s the Melfest it-girl who made a splash in 2015 when her upbeat number “Don’t Stop” reached the grand final. But Isa’s luck ran out the following year when her ballad “I Will Wait” didn’t make it out of the andra chansen round. Will it be third time lucky? Isa has been busy working on new music, which could signal a Melfest comeback.
He’s the former Swedish Idol contestant who has gone on to be a sought-after songwriter for both Eurovision and Melodifestivalen. Gabriel Alares — the man behind songs such as “Faller”, “A Million Voices” and “Icebreaker” — has been spotted back in the studio. But who is he writing for? Something new for his bestie Robin Bengtsson? Another Melfest star? Or is Gabriel finally entering Melfest himself?
Maja “Amaya” Keuc
In 2011 she represented Slovenia at Eurovision with “No One” — Slovenia’s best result in the past 15 years. Maja Keuc has since moved to Stockholm and rebranded herself as Amaya. But despite almost being part of the EMA 2017 lineup, could Amaya have her sights set on the national final of her new home country? A recent studio session suggests something is going on.
He’s the former Swedish Idol contestant who has already made three attempts at Melodifestivalen. In 2009 his Idol boyband EMD placed third with “Baby Goodbye”. In 2011 Danny made his solo debut at Melfest with the second-placed “In the Club”, and returned the following year with “Amazing” which also placed second. It’s been said that Danny is still very serious about a Melfest win, and as his recent photo suggests, he could be working on his big comeback entry for 2018.
What do you think? Are we seeing potential Melfest 2018 entries or just busy musicians? Who would you like to see enter Melodifestvalen 2018? Share your thoughts below!