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.
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 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 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.
- The Lovers of Valdaro
- Oscar Enestad
- Nano Omar
- Jan Malmsjö
- Anton Hagman
- Vlad Reiser
- Bishara Morad
- Ann-Louise Hanson
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren
- Lina Hedlund
- Hanna Ferm
- Dolly Style
- John Lundvik
- Anna Bergendahl
- 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.
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