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 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.
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
- 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
- Martin Stenmarck
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!