Swedish Summer singalong show Allsång på Skansen is in full swing, with weekly live shows featuring iconic Swedish acts, including some from Melodifestivalen and Eurovision. This week Duncan Laurence stopped by for the traditional Eurovision winner’s performance.
The Dutch star took to the Skansen stage and gave a rendition of his Eurovision winning song “Arcade”. He was accompanied by the show’s live band, giving a slightly different feel to his Eurovision performance.
Duncan performed the song at the end of the catwalk of the iconic Skansen stage. He brought a feeling of peace and stillness, with the sunlit evening Stockholm landscape providing a scenic backdrop.
The “Arcade” singer wore a light brown shirt with metal snap fastenings, along with black jeans and white sneakers. It was a simple look, but — just like with his Eurovision wardrobe — it let the emotional intimacy of his vocals be the focal point of the performance,
Icona Pop goes to Skansen
Also on the lineup was Icona Pop, the Swedish pop duo best known for their 2012 international hit “I Like It”. They returned to the Skansen stage to perform their new single “Next Mistake”.
Introduced by series host and Swedish Eurovision queen Sanna Nielsen, Caroline and Aino brought their energetic pop tune to the summer stage.
For their audience singalong song — an important part of the Allsång på Skansen tradition — Icona Pop covered Kikki Danielsson’s Eurovision 1985 hit “Bra vibrationer” (Good vibrations).
It wasn’t the first time Icona Pop had covered a Kikki Danielsson song. On the 2017 series of Så mycket bättre, both artists performed each others songs. Icona Pop did a tropical house take on Kikki’s “Don’t Slam the Door”, while Kikki did a down and dirty rock take on Icona Pop’s “Emergency”.
But Icona Pop’s appearance on Allsång på Skansen and their performance of a Swedish Eurovision classic has got fans wondering if something else is going on.
Icona Pop have long been said to be at the top of the Melodifestivalen producers wish list. There is speculation that the duo nearly agreed to be part of Melfest 2019, but ended up not taking part.
With Sweden not having selected a female of winner of Melodifestivalen since Sanna Nielsen in 2014, the show producers are thought to be on the lookout for strong female acts who’ll be challengers for the win. Could Icona Pop be tempted back for 2020?
What do you think? Did Duncan soothe you with his “Arcade” performance? Would you like to see Icona Pop at Melodifestivalen 2020? Tell us your thoughts below!