In four days time, we’ll know which acts will be competing at Melodifestivalen 2019. And as the line-up takes its final form, more acts are rumoured to be on the confirmed list. The latest names reported by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet are the Eurovision 2010 singer Anna Begendahl, Swedish Idol runner-up Rebecka Karlsson and the Polish popstress Margaret.

Margaret

The Polish popstress made her Melodifestivalen debut earlier this year with the party song “In My Cabana”. It got to the grand final via the andra chansen round and placed seventh overall.

Last month Aftonbladet reported that Margaret was still deciding whether or not she would return to Melodifestivalen. But it now appears that Madge will be back for another go.

Anna Bergendahl

Anna has the dubious distinction of being the only Swedish Eurovision act to not qualify for the grand final. Her song “This Is My Life” won Mello 2010 based on a strong televote, but the viewers of Europe didn’t quite feel the same. It missed out on qualifying by a five-point margin, keeping Sweden out of the grand final.

But she’s ready for a comeback. Aftonbladet’s source says of Anna, “She got quite burned after the last time, but now she feels ready. I think she’s craving for revenge. And above all, it’s a very strong song.”

Rebecka Karlsson

Rebecka came to fame on the 2016 series of Swedish Idol. She placed second to overall winner Liam Cacatian Thomassen — who competed at Melfest 2018 as LIAMOO. Since Idol, Rebecka has released two singles: her debut “Can’t Stop” and festive song “A Christmas Baby”.

Aftonbladet also reports that the Swedish singer and former Allsång på Skansen host Petra Marklund has been given an open invitation to compete at Melodifestivalen 2019. She is said to be on Christer Björkman’s “must have” list and the schlagermaster general has launched a persuasion campaign to get her on the roster.

The newspaper has also clarified Magnus Carlsson‘s involvement. He was previously reported as being part of the confirmed lineup, but Aftonbladet’s sources have said that the former Alcazar singer is yet to hear if he’s part of Mello 2019.

Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call

Despite the earlier rumoured acts being mostly male, a potential sausage crisis has been averted, as there is now a roughly even gender balance.

  1. The Lovers of Valdaro
  2. Oscar Enestad
  3. Arvingarna
  4. Wiktoria
  5. Nano Omar
  6. Jan Malmsjö
  7. Anton Hagman
  8. Vlad Reiser
  9. Bishara Morad
  10. Ann-Louise Hanson
  11. Jon Henrik Fjällgren
  12. Lina Hedlund
  13. Hanna Ferm
  14. Dolly Style
  15. John Lundvik
  16. Margaret
  17. Anna Bergendahl
  18. Rebecka Karlsson

Potential acts: Magnus Carlsson, Petra Marklund

The line-up of Melodifestivalen 2019 will be announced this Tuesday 27, November. Wiwibloggs will have full coverage of the event.

What do you think? Should Margaret sing a ballad this time? Who else would you like to see in the Melodifestivalen 2019 lineup? Sound off below!

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yodenman
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yodenman

I loved the song so not everyone is a hater. Maybe nerves was her downfall but not now because she is far more experienced. Best of luck Anna.

Jo.
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Jo.

Swedes shouldn’t blame her for the NQ, she won the televoting at Mello, so it’s their own fault.

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

Anna did kind of have a fault in the 2010 contest. Her clothes looked awkward and mismatched and her voice was shaking most of the time. But hatred against her is not justified. It’s just many Swedes have been prideful for their victory and high placing for a long time that they feel less and less responsible for any signs of defeat.

Polegend Godgarina
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Kudos to Anna Bergendahl for having the courage to show up in public in Sweden.

Lila
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Lila

Why is Margaret even bothering with Melodifestivalen? If she tried to represent Poland again she’d easily win the national final, and even her non-winning entry went on to become an international success. Swedes are never gonna pick a non-Scandinavian to represent them so she’s never gonna come out on top.

marcus (Day One)
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marcus (Day One)

Isn’t it the same reason Helena paparizou competed in 2014.
The songwriters submit a song and only let the singer have it if they compete at melodifestivalen.

Denis
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Denis

Difference is Helena is actually born and raised in Sweden..

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

She’s there to promote her music and gain a bigger audience, she even said herself she’s not there to win.

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

Ohh, so just like Eleni Foureira going to Spain then?

Denis
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Denis

Anna B has totally changed style and image since 2010, for all you haters out there. That naive innocent little girl image is no more. It could work.
I dont think she is there to win, she’s just there to re start her career and show her new style.
As for This Is My Life, it was a strong song . 2010 was just a strong year for ballads.

Fredrik
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Fredrik

I just write a comment on a swedish article. I dont want to read all the jealous comments from bitter ESC fans, I love Mello and i will always will :). We have only 10 million people so if you dont get it: Its not strange that artists come back. I love comebacks.

Mr. Green
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Mr. Green

Anna didn’t qualify because of the jury vote, not the viewers. She finished 9th with the televote.

I’d love to see her back to Melodifestivalen. I still love “Your’s Sincerely”!

Geo
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Geo

No, not that boring Anna again….

Ann Oying
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Ann Oying

The Sweden haters are probably rooting for Anna B,…

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

I hope they give Anna the best song this time.

kookie
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kookie

anna bergendahl is pretty hated here in sweden so i dont know how she’s gonna be received…

yodenman
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yodenman

Hated you’re joking… That song was by far one of the best songs submitted by Sweden. She has a very distinctive and interesting voice…. I loved the song.

Denis
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Denis

She was hated, he is right about that. She basically fled the country. But a lot of water has passed the Bridge so I think we are ready for her

kookie
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kookie

She was named the worst act to ever represent sweden in ESC and being that sweden is a country that takes eurovision extremely serious, she is a hated person in that sense. My cousin is a classmate of hers and told me that she said eurovision was her worst ever experience and that she never expected all the backlash she eventually got…

Ron Kavaler
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I want Anna Bergendahl to win Eurovision 2019 just as a revenge for 2010 🙂

Ron Kavaler
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Jack
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Jack

Anna Bergendahl!? wow where the hell has she been the past several years? I did like “This is my Life” even if it wasn’t among my favs in Mello 2010 but it was a pure shock it didn’t qualify, but then Sweden became the dominant ESC powerhouse of this decade, sometimes I wonder if the Swedes would’ve still won twice along with 7 Top 10s in 8 years if Anna had qualified. I’d love to see Yohio back, if international juries weren’t too snobby to “Heartbreak Hotel” Sweden would currently be in a Top 10 streak right now! Not surprised… Read more »

zzxxz
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zzxxz

OMG Anna Bergendahl !! She’s back!!

Hannah
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Hannah

I’m excited about the possibility of Petra Marklund, I love her music!

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Margaret!! <3 My prayers under the last article were heard haha 😀 And Anna's revenge? Thunder and lightning, it's getting exciting 😉

Dani
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Dani

Anna Bergendahl was my winner in ESC 2010. I was so sad when she didn’t qualify.

Heri
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Heri

Anna should’ve qualified to final in 2010. I hope she gets her revenge.

Pancake
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Pancake

Yes! Fun to see that one of my wish list (Margaret) came true! Now how about we let in Ace Wilder, Bella & Filippa, Renaida, and Alice Svensson in the roster?
Side note: can we expect a “Look What You Made Me Do”-ish song from Anna?

Lolek
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Lolek

Omg yes, Ace would be an awesome and welcomed comeback!!

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Three strong female singers, maybe now the feminists will be quiet again.. Looking forward to hear Anna Bergendahls song, she deserved so much better last time around