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.

Jan Malmsjö

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.”

Anton Hagman

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 Morad

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.

Vlad Reiser

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!

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Dony
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Dony

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.

Dual Lipper
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Dual Lipper

borefest

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

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.

Simon
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Simon

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.

Denis
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Denis

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

Simon
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Simon

I know what happened but why do you think he needs forgiveness for receiving more votes?

Denis
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Denis

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

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

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.

EscAU
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EscAU

no it was pretentious and boring like whatever bulgaria was doing the last few years

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

No. Bulgaria was rubbish. Loreen at least had a message.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

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. =)

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

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.

James
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James

Wasn’t Manel already 21 when he took part?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

**** SARCASM ****
I was just throwing shade at his special vocal moment.

Kris
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Kris

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

Michael
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Michael

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.

Kris
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Kris

Because of the songs, not the acts
Last year was a downer though

Nikki
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Nikki

Well, I personally consider San Remo the best National Final

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Because it is big, diverse, and festive.

Robyn Gallagher
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Melfest is all about the songs, even when there’s a big name involved. When Måns was announced for Melfest 2015, many thought he was going to deliver another cheesy schlager banger and wrote him off. Also worth remembering: Melfest is not just a Eurovision national final. It’s also a publicly-funded Swedish music gala. They honour the past with veteran stars and look to the future with newcomers. If Melfest was purely a Eurovision national final, they could skip the semi-finals and just select 10 strong Eurovision contenders. But it’s more than that so their scope is wider and Melfest will… Read more »

Fredrik
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Fredrik

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 🙂

Denis
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Denis

Well spoken!
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.

Michael
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Michael

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 »

Jack
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Jack

Raise the number of Mello participants back to 32 or even 36

Rick
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Sweden send a female with Wiktoria!

Erasmus
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Erasmus

The only acts that I’m hyped about are: Wiktoria, Oscar Enestad, Antin Hagman, Margaret and John Henrik.

Riu
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Riu

Fo&o’s Oscar is most interesting this far. His “heaven on my skin” is amazing

Denis
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Denis

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

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

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 »

Polegend Godgarina
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But we have Wiktoria who is, so far, the only remotely interesting act!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Hype found dead

Titfortatcommentor
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Titfortatcommentor

Tea found alive

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

Schlager singers and comedians…..I hope they have better things on offer. I hate to be negative, but I think MF has been a bit of a let down since 2015. So much of the same, and few really big names. I hope for some real musical diversity. More rock for instance. A far to ignonred music style during the last years of MF. But few names have been mentioned yet – let’s hope the best is yet too come 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

L. Gaga is #1 in Sweden with her rock ballad Shallow this week so hopefully rock comes back!