Just when the male-dominated rumoured acts for Melodifestivalen 2019 were starting to make the national final feel like a sausage fest, along comes a fierce lady. Former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund is reported to be on the roster for 2019 — and she’ll be bringing her party voice.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that Lina has confirmed for the 2019 Swedish national final.
Fans of schlager will not be disappointed. Despite the occasional cries that schlager is dead, Aftonbladet’s source says that Lina will perform a modern schlager-pop song.
The source claims that while there aren’t many artists who deliver modern schlager bops, the radio success of Jessica Andersson’s Melfest 2018 song “Party Voice” shows there’s still an audience for the genre. So come February, we can expect to see Lina dance like a mother and give us her party voice.
Aftonbladet also says that Jessica’s song will be co-written by Johanna Jansson, otherwise known as Dotter. She competed in Mello 2018 with the song “Cry”. Despite being one of the most anticipated entries going into the competition, “Cry” placed a disappointing sixth in its semi-final.
This will be Lina Hedlund’s sixth appearance in the competition. She made her debut in 2002 along with sister Hanna. Their song “Big Time Party” placed ninth in the grand final. The following year she entered solo, but her song “Nothing Can Stop Me” didn’t make it out of the andra chansen round.
Lina’s next Melfest appearance was in 2009, after she had joined the nu disco group (and former Melfest rivals) Alcazar. In 2009 they placed sixth with “Stay the Night”, while the following year “Headlines” only made it as far as andra chansen.
Alcazar’s last Eurovision entry was in 2014, when they placed third with the bop “Blame it on the Disco”. The group split earlier this year after celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Lina might not be the only ex-Alcazar member in the Mello 2019 line-up. Magnus Carlsson was earlier reported to be in negotiations for the song contest, but is said to be searching for the right song.
Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call
Lina Hedlund joins Jon Henrik Fjällgren, 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 and John Lundvik, who are said to be looking for the right song.
Fans have noted that the low number of rumoured female artists, leading them to wonder if SVT is having trouble attracting female singers, following four years of male acts winning Melodifestivalen.
What do you think? Does Melodifestivalen need more schlager bangers? What sort of songs do you want to hear? Share your thoughts below!