In three days time we’ll know all the competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2019. But until then, as the line-up is finalised, more names are leaking out. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that Sweden’s Eurovision 2005 singer Martin Stenmarck and 2016 Idol winner (and Melfest 2018 act) LIAMOO will be on the roster for 2019.

Martin Stenmarck

Martin won Melodifestivalen on his debut in 2005. He represented Sweden at Eurovision 2005 with his song “Las Vegas”. It finished 19th in the grand final and kicked off Sweden’s difficult years in the second half of the 2000s.

He has returned to Melodifestivalen two times since. In 2014 he entered with “När änglarna går hem” (When the angels go home) and made it as far as the andra chansen round. He returned two years later with “Du tar mig tillbaks” (You take me back) but did not make it out of his semi-final.

Aftonbladet‘s source says he is ready to return to Melfest 2019 and has “a really good song” ready.

LIAMOO

Liam Cacatian Thomassen won the 2016 series of Swedish Idol, after proving himself both a talented singer and skilled rapper. He made his Mello debut last year at LIAMOO with the song “Last Breath”. It went direct to the grand final where it placed sixth.

Since then, LIAMOO has released a three-song single titled Journey and collaborated with the Swedish producer John de Sohn on “Forever Young”.

LIAMOO will be up against his Idol 2016 runner-up, Rebecka Karlsson. Aftonbladet earlier reported that the singer would also be part of the Melodifestivalen 2016 lineup.

Melodifestivalen 2019 roll call

With Martin Stenmarck and LIAMOO added to the last, there are now 20 named acts said to be competing in Melodifestivalen 2019, and two more potential entries. The show will have 28 competing acts in total.

So far, 15 of the named acts have competed at Melodifestivalen before — though we’re not actually sure if Dolly Style should be counted as a returning act. However, newcomers are often the last acts to be confirmed, so it is likely we will see more fresh faces in the final lineup

  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
  19. Martin Stenmarck
  20. LIAMOO

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? Are you ready for Martin Stenmarck’s “really good song”? Who else would you like to see in the Melodifestivalen 2019 lineup? Leave your comments below!

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kookie
kookie
1 year ago

Wiktoria again? Don’t get me wrong, i like her and she’s a great singer. But 3 melfest in 4 years? And she’s only 22? That might kill her career or she’ll be known as “the melodifestivalen lady”

Ugnius
Ugnius
1 year ago

Who is ***** *** ? Oscar Zia ? 😀

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

Carly Rae (Jepsen)? 😉

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Must be getting close to every single Swedish artist being reported for this now, right?
I liked Liamoo though.

Pineapple
Pineapple
1 year ago

I’m mostly excited to see LIAMOO and Anton Hagman. They have been my favourites from the last two Melfests respectively.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 year ago

Looking forward to the returnees but I remember the last time they had this many was when they hosted ESC in 2015 and Sweden ended up getting behind the fresher debutants Lisa Ajax and Frans instead. Let’s see how next year’s Melfest will run with this approach..

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
1 year ago

Based on 11 returnee acts last year, 15 seems a bit much so I wouldn’t be surprised if at least 2 or 3 of them were wrong. Having said that, they probably think more returnees the better after last year’s flop (personally I thought 2018 wasn’t as bad as fans say it was), so it could be right. Based on returnees only Wiktoria, LIAMOO, Margaret and Jon Henrik excite me. Usually I end up surprised by the debutants though so we’ll see who surprises me next year.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

The 2005 singer was a TRAVESTY. The public gave Nanne Grönvall and her bop twice as many televotes, but due to the point rules at the time, she lost (wouldn’t have happened today). Of course he ended bottom 5.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

Agreed 100%! The same thing happened to Sanna Nielsen in ’08, though at least she got her moment six years later.

Ture
Ture
1 year ago

LIAMOO was underrated last year. He deserved much more.

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Ture

The fact that he made it to the final automatically makes him overrated

Geo
Geo
1 year ago

So tired of these articles, as usual…Sweden is wiwi’s darling, a favored country. Who cares about the rumoured acts? As in previous years, 2-3 of these rumoured artists proved to be in Melodiefestivalen. How about the rest of the 42 remaining countries? Rumoured acts in France, Romania, Italy, Ukraine, Croatia, Australia, Iceland and so on? I can’t wait to see the revealed participating list, so these pathetic articles to stop…

Robin
Robin
1 year ago
Reply to  Geo

Last year 24 out of 28 rumored acts was right

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Geo

In all fairness there’s limited news at this time of year for Eurovision so they have to use what they can – if not there’d be no articles whatsoever

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Geo

How about Geo, you write the articles and submit them publication? Too much like hard work? Walk the walk, don’t just whine.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

Liamoo was quite underrated this year, looking forward to what he brings next year but Martin Stenmarck!? NOOOOO NOT HIM AGAIN! He’s the Benjamin Ingrosso of last decade if you think about it lol, it’s funny how people are complaining about too many returning artists while they also complained about the last lackluster line-up with fewer familiar faces than usual.

Angelo
Angelo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

I will never forgive from stealing the win away from Mrs. Nanne Grönvall

Lolek
Lolek
1 year ago

So many previous competitors coming back this year.. I hope there are at least some new faces.

Fredrik
Fredrik
1 year ago
Reply to  Lolek

We dont have 50 million people man. Ofc their are returning artists. In Sweden you can return 2 times in a row then you have to take a break for 1. Its the rules :). So if there were 28 returning? we dont care:) its the songs that are important to swedes.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Oh yeah, so of it’s the song that matters, why did Benjamin Ingrosso win?

Robin
Robin
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Cuz the people in Sweden liked it

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Robin

Thank heavens Europe’s superior taste came thru

Lolek
Lolek
1 year ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Wasn’t saying there shouldn’t be ANY returning artists, just that there should be a decent amount of new faces.. Melo gets a LOT of quality entries every year. I’d rather see the likes of the song Denmark sent with a new/unknown singer (originally a melo reject) than melodifestivalen with almost all returnees but just okay songs, that’s all.

Angelo
Angelo
1 year ago

Time to send Wiktoria already Sweden!!!

Angelo
Angelo
1 year ago

Martin again… Zzzzzzzzz

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Weirdly – I’m most interested about The Lovers of Valdaro than anyone else that’s been rumoured

Angelo
Angelo
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Me too!

Onetimeuser
Onetimeuser
1 year ago

I really liked last breath, it had the best chorus of last year’s ESC season by far but the rap verses (especially the yeah yeah yeah)didn’t hold up

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
1 year ago

I have nothing against a comeback of LIAMOO – but please with a better light show this time – you could have got epilepsy because of that staging mess 🙁

123
123
1 year ago

while you are updating the Melfest list hourly, some other countries have opened the applications for their national finals which you can easily promote since you are the biggest eurovision related site….just a thought, not that it matters smh

Onetimeuser
Onetimeuser
1 year ago
Reply to  123

Well Melodifestivalen has always been a priority due to its strong song selection , we all have our favorites no?

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  Onetimeuser

i’m not really following Melfest but the last two Swedish representatives were a generic meaningless mess so idk about that…

Davve
Davve
1 year ago
Reply to  123

Still Sweden was successful both times… Stop moaning..

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  Davve

right…23rd place in the televote is a real success…and i’ll comment whatever i want, thank you very much

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  123

And a 7th place overall is an even bigger success and is the only result that actually counts.

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

oh, please Sweden already has top 5 jury vote locked in for 2019…it became obvious

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  123

Jealous much?

123
123
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

jealous? no…disappointed in the fairness of it all? yes

It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's
It's the BBC's fault, not the UK's
1 year ago
Reply to  123

Since 2016, I’ve not liked any of the Swedish songs and yet all three have been overrated.

Måns was the last good Swedish song for me!

RussianDude
RussianDude
1 year ago

Sweden keeps sending quality entries to Eurovision. You people are just jealous of their successful results!! -_-

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

I really like Liamoo and I hope he has a song that do him more justice this time. Martin.. no thanks. But Petra “September” Marklund YES PLEASE! I hope she says yes to!

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

I won’t get my hopes too high, my dream is to see acts like Petra Marklund and Veronica Maggio at Melfest but they probably (rightfully) think they’re above that.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

We’ll see on Tuesday ..