The big reveal of the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018 is just weeks away. And even more rumoured acts have been revealed by Aftonbladet. The latest rumoured artists are Norwegian electropop star Kamferdrops, comedy legend Jonas Gardell, Swedish Idol act Renaida Braun and folk singer Kalle Moraeus.
Kamferdrops is the stage name of upcoming Norwegian musician Heidi Musum. She is known for creating dreamy, electronic versions of Swedish schlager classics. Earlier this year she had a No.2 Swedish chart hit with fellow Melfest 2018 act Kikki Danielsson’s 1999 dansband hit “Jag trodde änglarna fanns”, with Kikki starring in the music video. Kamferdrops keeps a Sia-like mystery to herself, hiding behind wigs, sunglasses, hats and balaclavas on stage.
Jonas Gardell is a hugely successful and popular Swedish comedian, author and playwright. While he has never competed in Melfest before, he has frequently performed on the show and hosted Melfest in 2003 alongside his husband Mark Levengood. Most recently Gardell’s Schlagerskolan sketches featured in Melfest 2016. He has also written a film about Melfest, the 2000 musical comedy Livet är en schlager.
Renaida was a contestant on last year’s series of Swedish Idol, where she placed sixth. The 20-year-old singer will also star in the winter musical The Adventures of Aladdin, alongside fellow Idol contestant Charlie Grönvall. She will be making her Melodifestivalen debut.
Kalle is a successful Swedish folk musician, who is a regular on Swedish television. He is also part of Benny Andersson’s Orchestra. Aftonbladet revealed that Kalle was earmarked for Melfest 2016, but a contractual issue with SVT meant he was unable to commit to the song contest. Instead, the song intended for him in 2016 — “Himmel och hav” — was performed by Roger Pontare.
Aftonbladet also has an update about Alcazar. The paper’s source reports that disco trio still does not have a suitable song for Melodifestivalen and therefore does not have a guaranteed place in the show. Aftonbladet‘s source notes that Alcazar’ last Melfest appearance — where they performed “Blame it on the Disco” — was not confirmed until the very last moment.
The paper also notes that there are “less than two weeks left to SVT’s press conference” where the competing acts will be introduced. The date itself hasn’t been confirmed, but we’re guessing this will be some time around 27 November.
Kamferdrops, Jonas Gardell, Renaida Braun and Kalle Moraeus will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2018 by Kikki Danielsson, Martin Almgren, 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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