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
Also rumoured are Magnus Carlsson, Margaret, Jon Henrik Fjällgren and John Lundvik, who are said to be looking for the right song.
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