They’re two of the best-placed Melodifestivalen acts of recent years. Now Swedish media is reporting that Wiktoria and Nano will both be making another attempt at Melodifestivalen 2019.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that Wiktoria and Nano each have a song lined up and are ready to take another shot at Mello glory.
Wiktoria first competed at Melfest 2016 with the country-pop song “Save Me”, which placed fourth. She returned in 2017 with another country-pop number “As I Lay Me Down”. Despite being a fan favourite and placing second with the Swedish televote, the song was not a jury favourite and placed sixth overall.
Aftonbladet’s source says that Wiktoria will sing a ballad, and reckons “she’s been given a chance to show off her vocals properly”.
Nano made his Mello debut in 2017. His uplifting soul anthem “Hold On” won the Swedish televote and placed second in Melfest overall.
With their track records, both Wiktoria and Nano are considered serious contenders to win Melodifestivalen 2019.
Aftonbladet also reports that dansband Arvingarna (The Heirs) are also making a return to Mello. As young men, the group won Melodifestivalen in 1993 with the upbeat Swedish-language song “Eloise”. It went on to place seventh at Eurovision 1993.
Arvingarna frontman Casper Janebrink recently won the Swedish celebrity singing contest Stjärnornas stjärna. Aftonbladet’s source claims this all but guaranteed his group a place on the Melfest 2019 roster.
The paper also reports that both Jon Henrik Fjällgren and John Lundvik are searching for songs. If they can find the right entry, they could be each added to the Mello 2019 lineup.
Joik singer Jon Henrik has competed in Melfest twice. In 2015 his song “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” placed second, while in 2017 “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)” placed third. Accomplished singer-songwriter John made his Melfest debut last yea, where “My Turn” placed third.
And sad news for fans of Jessica Andersson. The Eurovision 2003 singer won’t bring her party voice to Mello 2019. Aftonbladet report that she has been asked but said nej tack.
Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call
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