Yesterday David Lindgren was confirmed as the host of Melodifestivalen 2018, and today the first rumoured artist has emerged. Aftonbladet reports that party pop duo Samir & Viktor will be part of the line-up for Melfest 2018.
According to “several sources”, the dynamic duo will return to Melfest. A source with “good insight” is quoted as saying, “Yes, that’s true, SVT has given them a place.”
Reality TV star Samir Badran and fashion blogger Viktor Frisk made their Melodifestivalen debut in 2015 with “Groupie”, an ode to taking selfies with friends. The song was co-written by Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, who that year had also co-written Måns Zelmerlöw’s entry “Heroes”. “Groupie” went on to the final where it placed eighth.
The lads returned the following year with “Bada nakna”, co-written by “Undo” composer Fredrik Kempe. The song — which celebrates the joys of getting naked in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg fountain — made it to the final, but placed last.
There’s no word yet on what their song for Melfest will be or who will write it, but based on their previous work, we can expect some A-list Melfest talent.
Samir & Viktor are the second of the 28 Melodifestivalen 2018 contestants to be named. They will join Stiko Per Larsson, who earned a place in Melfest by winning the P4 Nästa radio song competition in August.
Samir & Viktor go into the tiles
And they may have another title to add to that list. The pair has just released new single “Rakt in i kaklet”. It literally means “straight into the tiles”, but translates to something more like “let’s go hard!”.
The song was written by “Heroes” songwriters Joy and Linnea Deb and it captures the duo’s sense of fun and dedication to partying. However, Aftonbladet’s source claims the Debs are not behind the lads’ Melfest entry.
Viktor described their new tune, saying “This is a song that will spread joy, energy and make people want to dance until the night is over. We want people to party straight in the tiles, have fun and not think about tomorrow.”
They might not be thinking of about tomorrow, but they will be thinking of later in November when the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018 are likely to be announced.
What do you think? Do you want to see Samir & Viktor return to Melodifestivalen? Who else would you like to see in the 2018 lineup? Share your thoughts below!