Last month he was rumoured as a potential entrant for Melodifestivalen 2019 if he found the right song. Now Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that joik singer Jon Henrik Fjällgren has found the right number and will be part of the Melfest line-up.
His appearance at Melfest 2019 will be Jon Henrik’s third entry in the Swedish national final. He previously competed in 2015 and 2017.
Last month Aftonbladet reported that Jon Henrik was a potential entrant for Mello — he just needed to find the right song. The newspaper’s source says that Jon Henrik worked with a number of well-established songwriters and recorded demos of potential tracks.
One of the songs stood out and he now has his entry for Melodifestivalen 2019. Aftonbladet’s source says the songwriter will be familiar to Melfest viewers.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren was born in Colombia and adopted by a Swedish Sami family. As a teen, he began singing in the traditional joik style and went on to win the 2014 series of Sweden’s Got Talent.
Jon Henrik made his Melfest debut in 2015, with the song “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” (I am free). It went on to place second in the grand final, an impressive achievement in a year full of strong pop tunes.
The joik singer returned two years later. This time he performed “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)” (A world full of battles), joined by the Swedish singer Aninia. The song placed third in the grand final, again showing the appeal of Jon Henrik’s mix of traditional and contemporary styles.
Earlier this year, Jon Henrik competed on Let’s Dance — the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing. He won the series, following in the talented footsteps of former Melfest and Let’s Dance winners Måns Zelmerlöw, Jessica Andersson and Benjamin Ingrosso.
Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call
Jon Henrik Fjällgren joins Jan Malmsjö, Anton Hagman, Bishara Morad, Vlad Reiser, Ann-Louise Hanson, 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.
Fans have noted that only two female acts are on the “confirmed” list so far, leading them to wonder if SVT is having trouble attracting female singers, following four years of male acts winning Melodifestivalen.
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