If there’s a Swedish Eurovision artist who has been burned, it’s definitely Anna Bergendahl. But now the blonde bombshell is prepared to rise from the ashes at Melodifestivalen 2019 with the appropriately titled song “Ashes to Ashes.”
Anna, the only Swedish representative ever to be eliminated from the semi-finals of Eurovision, spoke with our Kevin during Tuesday’s artist reveal and press conference in Sweden. Nine years on from her difficult time at ESC, this queen has definitely found her crown and is ready to slay the competition during the first semi-final in Gothenburg on the 2nd of February.
“I couldn’t say no”
So what made her come back to the contest this year of all years? “It’s definitely the song,” she says. “To me, it’s unstoppable. I couldn’t say no.”
She wrote the song together with Melfest legends Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljungren and Erik Bernholm — and it’s clear that it has a big message.
“It’s an uptempo song. It comes with a lot of warmth, hope and light that I need to give to myself a lot of times. And that I hope to be able to give to all the people watching.”
Artist and doctor-to-be
In 2010, Anna Bergendahl won Melodifestivalen as an underdog — beating Salem Al Fakir, Eric Saade, Darin and Benjamin Ingrosso’s mother Pernilla Wahlgren, among others. She represented Sweden at Eurovision in Oslo with the song “This Is My Life”. Unfortunately, the song didn’t qualify for the final, finishing in 11th place with 62 points — only 5 away from the final.
After the contest Bergendahl picked herself up and threw herself into other projects — musical and otherwise. And clearly she is a woman of many talents as she has been studying medicine alongside her music career. She’s also lived abroad in the United States making music and touring across the country.
Even though Bergendahl has already won Melodifestivalen once, she doesn’t feel pressure to repeat that feat.
“I’m nine years older, it’s a completely different song, it’s a very powerful song and I feel kind of like a different person. So, it feels like a first time, somehow.”
She is all about the future and we can’t wait to see her in Gothenburg next year!
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