It’s October and we are moving swiftly into national final season, and with it comes the annual tradition of rumoured artists for Melodifestivalen. The first name for 2019 has emerged from Stockholm: former FO&O member Oscar Enestad is tipped to be on the Mello roster, with a song dedicated to his 50-year-old girlfriend.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet — which has a good track record for accurate Melfest rumours — reports that Oscar will compete with a song about the love he feels for his girlfriend Cecilia Dahlbom. The song will also address the issues the couple face with their substantial age difference: Oscar is 21, Celia is 50.
Aftonbladet‘s source says that the song will deal with Oscar’s struggle to make his parents accept his middle-aged girlfriend. The song is said to include the English lyric, “I love it, my parents don’t like it”.
And could Oscar’s entry be a contender for Tel Aviv? The paper’s source says “It’s a very strong song.”
This will be the second Melodifestivalen appearance for Oscar. He first competed in 2017 as part of the boyband FO&O (previously known as The Fooo Conspiracy). Their song “Gotta Thing About You” made it to the grand final, via the andra chansen round, where it placed 11th overall.
Oscar won’t be the first ex-FO&O to compete as a solo artist at Melodifestivalen. Earlier this year Felix Sandman competed with “Every Single Day”. The song placed second at Mello and reached No.1 in the Swedish singles chart.
Like Oscar, Felix also competed with a love song inspired by a real-life partner. Oscar may be hoping that what worked for Felix will also work for him this coming February.
With Benjamin Ingrosso’s win, Melodifestivalen now has four consecutive male winners. Some fans have criticised the show and said it should do more to attract quality entries from female performers.
Last month, SVT revealed that 2295 entries were received for Melodifestivalen 2019. The show’s production team now has the job of deciding the 28 competing acts for the show. So far, only one act is known. Electronic duo The Lovers of Valdaro won the P4 Nästa wildcard, which will ensure them a place in the Melfest 2019 semi-finals.
The dates and locations of Melodifestivalen 2019 have been confirmed, but SVT is yet to reveal who the host or hosts for Melodifestivalen 2019 will be. SVT has also drafted in the assistance of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision writer and producer Edward af Sillén after the 2017 show suffered poor ratings.
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