Update at 21:00 GMT on 18 October: Carola has taken to Instagram to say that she won’t compete at Melfest in 2020. Read her full response here. We’ve left our original article below.
About one month remains until the competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 are announced. But until then, we now have the great guessing game that is Melfest rumours season. The first act reported for 2020 is Swedish Eurovision winner Carola Häggkvist.
Aftonbladet reports that Carola will be entering with a self-written song. The newspaper’s source says that Carola submitted her song to Melfest in a previous year but later withdrew it. But now the time is right.
The paper’s source also reports that Carola’s song is “a tribute to her Christian faith, she sings about her love for Jesus.” Carola is known as a high-profile Christian and has previously released a gospel album.
Carola at Melodifestivalen
If Carola makes it to Mello 2020, this will be her fifth appearance.
Carola first competed in Melodifestivalen 1983, where her song “Främling” won and went on to place third in Eurovision. She returned in 1990, where “Mitt i ett äventyr” placed second at Melfest.
But all the stars aligned in 1991. Carola won Melfest with “Fångad av en stormvind” and went on to also win Eurovision with the upbeat number.
In 2006, Carola took another shot at Melfest — and won. Her song “Invincible” went on to place fifth at Eurovision.
Carola last competed at Melodifestivalen in 2008, as a duet with Andreas Johnson. Unfortunately their song “One Love” crashed out in the andra chansen round.
Earlier this year Carola made headlines when her iconic hot pink dress caught alight after being too close to a hot stage light. Fortunately the fire was extinguished and Carola was unharmed. The dress, however, was singed.
If Carola does make Melodifestivalen 2020, she will be joined by P4 Nästa wildcard winner Amanda Aasa. Further rumoured acts are expected to be revealed in coming weeks.
Melodifestivalen 2020: What we know so far
The iconic Melodifestivalen tour will kick off with semi-final one in Linköping on 1 February, semi two in Gothenburg on 8 February, semi-final three in Luleå on 15 February, and the fourth semi-final will be held in Malmö on 22 February.
The andra chansen round will be held in Eskilstuna on 29 February, while the grand final — as always — will be held at Friends Arena in Stockholm on March 7th.
SVT has also confirmed the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2020. Former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund, jazz/pop singer Linnea Henriksson and comedian David Sundin will host the shows.
SVT is expected to reveal the lucky 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 sometime in November.
What do you think? Are you excited about a Carola comeback to Melodifestivalen? Which other acts would you like to see in the lineup? Tell us your thoughts below!