The big Melodifestivalen 2018 reveal is just weeks away and the rumours continue to roll in. Aftonbladet reports that two-time Eurovision representative Kikki Danielsson is due to make her tenth Melodifestivalen appearance, while Swedish Idol 2015 winner Martin Almgren will make his Melfest debut.
Swedish music legend Kikki has twice represented Sweden at Eurovision. In 1982 she was part of the group Chips who performed “Dag efter dag”, then in 1985 she entered solo with “Bra vibrationer” which placed third. She’s competed even more in Melodifestivalen, clocking up nine entries, and an extra one at Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. Most recently she competed at Melodifestivalen 2006 with “I dag & i morgon”. The Thomas G:son-written song made it to the grand final where it placed last with only two points.
While Kikki is known for performing in a number of different styles, including dansband, schlager and pop, Aftonbladet‘s source claims her Melfest 2018 entry will be a country tune. Kikki has enjoyed a recent revival after being discovered by a new generation. She recently appeared in the music video for Norwegian artist Kamferdrops’ cover of her 1999 song “Jag trodde änglarna fanns”. She is currently starring alongside Eric Saade in the new season of celebrity music show Så mycket bättre.
Martin Almgren was the winner of the 2015 series of Swedish Idol. He won over viewers with his strong and expressive voice. While he is a comfortable soul singer, he’s also able to deliver pop tracks with ease.
Swedish Idol has a good track record at Eurovision. It’s produced two winners (Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw) as well as Robin Bengtsson, Robin Stjernberg and Anna Bergendahl. Martin’s fellow Idol 2015 contestant Axel Schylström made his Melfest debut earlier this year.
Kikki and Martin will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2018 by Alcazar, Ida Redig, John Lundvik, Olivia Eliasson, Benjamin Ingrosso, Felix Sandman, Méndez, Sigrid Bernson, Samir & Viktor and P4 Nästa winner Stiko Per Larsson.
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