In less than three weeks the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, will make announced the 28 competing artists for Melodifestivalen 2019. But until then, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has the names of four more acts said to be competing in the competition next year. The next rumoured artists are: Melodifestivalen veteran Jan Malmsjö, 2017 Melodifestivalen finalist Anton Hagman, the upcoming Instagram sensation Bishara Morad and the YouTuber Vlad Reiser.
Acclaimed actor Jan Malmsjö, 86, competed for the first time in Melodifestivalen 1969. His song “Hej Clown” (Hey Clown) was co-written by a pre-ABBA Benny Andersson. The song tied for first place with Tommy Körberg’s “Judy, min vän”, but after a tiebreak vote Jan had to settle for second place.
Jan will be making his Melfest comeback 50 years after his debut. But Aftonbladet‘s source says he won’t be looking to avenge his 1969 results, saying, “I don’t think that he is back to make a comeback, it is more of a fun thing.”
We all remember the nail-biting duel in the andra chansen round of Melfest 2017. Anton Hagman and his song “Kiss You Goodbye” beat Eurovision winner Loreen and ended her chance of a second Melfest victory.
He’s continued to release music, including “Running in the Dark” earlier this year. Aftonbladet reports that Anton said no thanks to Melfest 2018, but has committed to the 2019 edition.
Bishara is only 15 years old is for many people is unknown. However, he has recently become an Instagram sensation after posting short video clips of covers on his Instagram account.
While Bishara is currently under the age limit for Melfest and Eurovision, he will turn 16 two weeks before the first Mello semi-final.
YouTube profile and comedian Vlad Reiser, 25, is a known face on YouTube for his crazy pranks and fun sketches. Earlier this year he released the single “PrankStar”.
Even though Vlad is known for his comedy stylings, he won’t be delivering a novelty song to Melfest. Aftonbladet’s source says Vlad will enter an uptempo pop song with no humorous elements.
Aftonbladet also reports that schlager legend Ann-Louise Hanson has now been confirmed for Melfest 2019, making this her 14th entry — the all-time record.
Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call
Jan Malmsjö, Anton Hagman, Bishara Morad, Vlad Reiser and Ann-Louise Hanson join Wiktoria, Nano, Arvingarna, Oscar Enestad and P4 Nästa wildcard winners The Lovers of Valdaro.
Also rumoured are Magnus Carlsson, Margaret, Jon Henrik Fjällgren and John Lundvik, who are said to be looking for the right song.
What do you think? Who would you like to see competing at Melfest 2019? Tell us your thoughts below!
3 people who became “famous” on YouTube/Instagram this year…. These boys will dominate the app vote. Social media is their territory. I guess Sweden didn’t learn from this years Eurovision’s televote result.
Hoping that by next year, that Anton Hagman’s thing with Loreen is gone from the minds of fans as all is forgiven. Even Loreen appreciated that Hagman advanced to the grand final in the past and both artists pulled a good show there.
What it is to be forgiven? When will you see Loreen was one hit wonder and most people don’t understand why they should worship her? Enough with the one hit wonder diva. She is not loved like esc comunity thinks.
What thing? It happened 2017, a long time ago! We forgot it the week after that year’s MF final. as did Loreen. We really aren¨t that occupied with MF
Loreen knew Anton, her younger brother was friends with him. And even if she didn’t knew him there is no reason to dwell upon it. Both are professional artists with careers beyond MF
I know what happened but why do you think he needs forgiveness for receiving more votes?
I don¨t. I’m not even sure what the thing refers to, or why it needs to be forgiven. That¨s how MF works, sometimes you lose out. No need to dwell upon it
I know this is pretty late but that’s exactly my f^&*ing point about that ‘thing’ that many people still dwell upon. And who do you mean by ‘we’?
Does anyone think Loreen could have challenged the hipster dude for victory in 2017 if Sweden had been bold enough to send her? Maybe just second place. I’m really curious how that song would have done in the voting.
no it was pretentious and boring like whatever bulgaria was doing the last few years
No. Bulgaria was rubbish. Loreen at least had a message.
I thought Sweden missed a trick by not sending Loreen that year. Can’t say exactly how much of a challenge “Statements” would have provided, but it would have been up there. Personally, I think it would have finished third behind Salvador and Kristian but with a much small margin than the actual gap to third place. =)
I think 16 is an okay age limit, maybe even 15, but at least have your puberty vocal change before you go sing at Eurovision. Manel Navarro had his on stage and look how that worked out.
Wasn’t Manel already 21 when he took part?
**** SARCASM ****
I was just throwing shade at his special vocal moment.
Anton I like, he had a cute performance in 2017 and a success story in that just Loreen’s name wasn’t enough combined with the non-consistent melody
He is easy on the eyes too
So, basically a joke artist, a kid who can barely sing, a “legacy act” , and a poor man’s Shawn Mendes. Other than Wiktoria and the Johns, this is looking like the 3rd straight year of mediocrity for Mello. Remind me again why this is considered Eurovision’s best national final.
Because of the songs, not the acts
Last year was a downer though
Well, I personally consider San Remo the best National Final
Because it is big, diverse, and festive.
So true Robyn. Have you noticed the hate against Sweden by “fans” only? Its only jealousy beacuse they dont have to follow Melfest or vote for Sweden if they dont want to so i dont get the hate against us 🙂
Let’s not forget that Loreen, Måns and Frans wre all pretty much written off before they appeared. Frans was ranked somewhere near the bottom before he performed.
Even if MF was unrelated to ESC and we somehow changed selection process MF would still remain. It is a festival with songs, to celebrate music. That’s why there are veterans, novelty acts and pop songs.
I can’t speak for Loreen (didn’t watch, and considering My Heart is Refusing Me, I’m amazed people would write her off) or Mans (didn’t closely follow yet) it appears that Frans was a complete fluke, an artist who came out of nowhere (or seemed to be a collective “I remember him” for the Swedes) who won with a simple, subtle song. I’m not a big fan of it, but at least it’s different from the other winners. My problem with Melfest is that, despite its diversity of music, the songs that win are usually cookie-cutter songs that sound like radio… Read more »
Raise the number of Mello participants back to 32 or even 36
Sweden send a female with Wiktoria!
The only acts that I’m hyped about are: Wiktoria, Oscar Enestad, Antin Hagman, Margaret and John Henrik.
Fo&o’s Oscar is most interesting this far. His “heaven on my skin” is amazing
One shouldn¨t judge but it¨s hard to get excited over the line up so far. Shame with that great host line up and all..
Hope at least some of the songs are top 10 worthy otherwise we might just throw in the towel
So yeah, by now we have… An old nice man, like almost every year who ,as we know, has no chance in going anywhere at Melfest, a guy who releaed a song called ,,prank star”, a 15 year old that sounds like an 11 year old and Anton Hagman.. I mean, Anton isn’t that bad, but I just feel like he’s a low Budget Shawn Mendes (To be honest he’s not even like Shawn Mendes at all, why am I making such dumb comparisons…)and he’s lacking stage presence and remarkability. Oh, and don’t forget the guy from FO&O who sings… Read more »
But we have Wiktoria who is, so far, the only remotely interesting act!
L. Gaga is #1 in Sweden with her rock ballad Shallow this week so hopefully rock comes back!
Hype found dead
Tea found alive