Entries for Melodifestivalen 2019 closed earlier this month and now it’s up to SVT’s Melfest team to decide who will be among the 28 acts vying to represent Sweden next year in Tel Aviv. As always, we’ve been keeping a close eye on social media to see which Swedish stars have been spotted in the recording studio in recent weeks.
Of course, it just because a Swedish singer has been recording new music before the Melfest deadline, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are planning to submit a song to Mello. But in previous years we spotted Robin Bengtsson, Mimi Werner and Wiktoria in the studio before they were later confirmed for Melfest.
SVT is expected to announce the acts for Melodifestivalen 2019 sometime in November — and there are sure to be surprises. But until then, let’s see who has been busy in the studio.
In 2016, Oscar Zia placed second at Melodifestivalen and even topped the jury vote. Since then, there has been demand for him to return to Melfest, with some fans wanting to see him take home the songbird trophy. So does this recent Instagram story show Oscar hard at work on a Melfest entry?
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.
Bella & Filippa
In 2017, the country-pop duo made their Melfest debut with “Crucified”. While the only narrowly missed out on an andra chansen place, the entry was still well received and kicked off their music career. Are the musical stepsisters taking another shot at Mello?
At Melodifestivalen 2018, his sentimental balled “My Turn” was a surpise hit, popular with both juries and the Swedish public. But is it now time for the accomplished performer and songwriter to have another turn?
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Disco legends Alcazar notoriously didn’t make the cut for Melodifestivalen 2018, but will one-third of the group have better luck? Andreas Lundstedt has been spotted in the studio with Daniel Mistiogiannis (Melfest 2008) and Eurovision songwriter Dimitri Stassos.
Her fun tune “Kizunguzungu” was the surprise hit of Melodifestivalen 2016. Is it now time for SaRaha to bring some more Afro-Swede beats to the Melodifestivalen stage?
The artist formerly known as Ola Svensson got his start on Swedish Idol in 2005. He has competed in Melfest twice before, including placing seventh in 2010 with “Unstoppable”. Now rebranded as Brother Leo, he’s move towards a more alt pop/soul sound. Could the good brother be looking at a Mello comeback with his new style?
Is the hero of our time going back for another turn? Måns won Eurovision in 2015, but does he have a desire to be Sweden’s answer to Johnny Logan and win twice? Ok, we’re more inclined to just see this as Måns getting back into the studio for the first time since becoming a new dad, but you never know!
What do you think? Who would you like to see in the Melodifestivalen 2019 lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!