Entries for Melodifestivalen 2020 don’t open until the end of the month, but we’re already one step closer to discovering the first confirmed artist. Sverigesradio has announced the eight finalists who will compete in P4 Nästa 2019 later this month.
The contest is run by Swedish Radio network P4 and it aims to find new artists and new music suited to the station format. The eight finalists were selected from 25 nominees representing the regional P4 stations.
The eight acts who will compete on August 24 at the P4 Nästa grand final are:
- Amanda Aasa – “Gå hem”
- Browsing Collection – “Oh no”
- Faith Kakembo – “Through fire and rain”
- Hildur Höglind – “Further apart”
- Hugo Andersson – “Lovenote”
- Tim Lööv – “All I need is you”
- Tova Glyt – “No ordinary girl”
- Zulueta – “King of the ocean”
The ticket to Melodifestivalen
Since 2012, the contest has also given one act a place in the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen. The ticket originally went to the overall Nästa winner, but since 2015 it has been decided separately by the competition jury. The adult radio favourites of Nästa haven’t always been a good match for the bright television aesthetic of Mello.
The Nästa acts with the best results at Melfest were Terese Fredenwall with “Breaking the Silence” in 2012 and Smilo with “Weight of the World” in 2015. Both acts each placed fifth in their respective semi-final, and both narrowly missed out on Andra Chansen.
Most recently, synth-pop duo The Lovers of Valdaro placed last in their Mello semi-final with the upbeat number “Somebody Wants”. To date, no Nästa winner has made it to the Melfest grand final.
As the P4 Nästa final takes places before the 1 September release deadline for Eurovision songs, the winner of the Melodifestivalen wildcard must enter Melfest with a new song.
P4 Nästa 2019 finalists
Amanda Aasa – “Gå hem”
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