International music star Mohombi had Sweden at “Hello” as he qualified directly to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2019.
With a slick live performance, catchy hook and a great projection screen number, the Swedish-Congolese singer now has advanced to the next stage of the competition, and may represent Sweden at Eurovision in May.
Mohombi caught up with our very own Shannon to give us the details and insights of what he felt about the process that is Melodifestivalen, an event he is returning to after his last try back in 2005, as part of the duo Avalon.
The “Hello” singer was clearly happy about qualifying this time around:
“I feel relieved, but also very motivated, because this is a very big moment for me in my personal life. As a half-Swedish guy who has worked abroad and toured all over the world, I sometimes felt as a little bit of an outsider as a Swedish artist, but today the people here back home proved me wrong, saying that they loved me, and that I should keep doing what I’m doing. That for me means the world.”
The creation of “Hello” was no bumpy ride for the established singer:
“When we wrote Hello, it was just a regular day at the job, to be honest. We were in the studio, sitting with Thomas G:Son, Linnea Deb and Alexandru Cotoi and we said to ourselves, “Hey, why not write a cute song? Why don’t we write something fun and a little bit different?” and the rest is history.”
The star also teased potential tweaks and edits for the final performance:
“I’m just going to enjoy today, but I’m sure there will be surprises for the next number, we’ll wait and see when that day comes.”
Mohombi qualified for the grand final of Melodifestivalen alongside Wiktoria and her song “Not With Me”, while 2017’s televote winner Nano and Eurovision 2010 participant Anna Bergendahl will have to try their best at Andra Chansen.
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Photo: Robin Lorentz-Allard (Aftonbladet)