Yesterday Swedish media breathlessly reported that Swedish Eurovision legend Carola would be making a comeback at Melodifestivalen 2020. But now the three-time Mello winner has taken to social media to deny claims of a comeback.

Carola Häggkvist made the announcement with a lengthy Instagram post. There she confirmed that she had said no to Melfest 2020 twice. She wrote that in August, “one of the strongest composers” offered her a “nice song”. Then earlier this month another songwriter pitched a Mello entry to Carola — a “true tribute to the Creator of the entire universe”.

And while Carola said she was grateful for all the “confidence, interest, glowing fervour and surprise”, she had decided not to participate in Melodifestivalen 2020.

The Melfest legend explained that she was not prepared to do a show like Melodifestivalen or Let’s Dance due to the “media circus”. She wrote that “as long as the level of work ethic exists between the [tabloid press] and SVT, I would be very naive if I would once again allow myself to be a victim of it. Carola confidently noted that “I’m actually smarter than that — than to say yes”.

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Jag önskar jag kunde säga Ja…., vi kör! Men jag tackade ödmjukt nej tack redan i augusti då en av de absolut starkaste kompositörerna inom Esc sammanhang erbjöd mig en fin låt. Och senast nu i oktober då en annan tungviktare inom denna genre önskade, tillsammans men Christer B, att jag sjöng sången som skulle kunnat bli en sann hyllning till hela universums Skapare. Men det krävs lite mer än så för mig.. efter alla år och olika erfarenheter. Vill ändå säga ett STORT TACK till alla som ändå någonstans hoppades på att det kunde varit sant.. att jag faktiskt skulle vara med! Tack för förtroendet, intresset, kämparglöden och förvåningen.. ( men ändå inte.) För du som känner mig Vet att jag gillar oväntade skeenden i livet. hi hi Men just i detta läge finns det bara andra vinnare än jag. Och just nu är jag faktiskt smartare än så – än att tacka ja. Vem vet i framtiden. Men just nu gick jag inte igång tillräckligt på varken låtarna, mello eller medias circus. Jag bygger något annat på hemma plan från mitt hjärta, på lång sikt. Men med stor tacksamhet för vad Melodifestivalen en gång var för mig, o för många andra. Tack! Och media får gärna fråga den säkraste källan på en gång innan ni basunerar ut på tv att jag är ’klar’ … bara att det kan få ske? Puh! Mina uppgifter till mitt management finns ovan i min bio och är tydligt som korvspad i en korvgryta! I mitt advents program tar jag bla upp varför jag av ren överlevnads instinkt och som beskyddare av mina barn INTE kan ställa upp i varken Mello, Lets Dance el andra liknande program just nu – även om jag både älskar att dansa ( hemma i köket ) eller tävla. Det är ju egentligen helt förfärligt och beklagligt men så länge den nivån på arbetsmoral finns mellan kvällspress och SVT så vore jag mycket naiv om jag ännu en gång skulle tillåta mig vara offer för det. Vet att allt har sin tid och jag är inte långsint heller. Men just nu finns visheten högt upp på listan och då kommer både barnen och en påsk produktion före melodifestivalen. Till och med Gud Fader själv skulle behöva övertyga mig rätt hårt att vara med. Då förstår ni. Då skulle C.B behöva be så intensivt att få med mig innan JESUS hinner göra sin stora comeb

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The news will come as a disappointment to fans of the schlager diva. However, plenty of her fans have left comments on her Instagram post, supporting Carola in her career choices.

If Carola had made it to Mello 2020, it would have been 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.

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.

And while Carola won’t be part of the Melfest 2020 roster, P4 Nästa wildcard winner Amanda Aasa remains the first confirmed act to date. SVT is expected to reveal the full 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 sometime in November.

What do you think? Should Carola say yes to Melfest? Or is she better off staying away? Tell us your thoughts below!

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[…] av en stormvind” singer earlier denied she would be competing in Melodifestivalen 2020. In a long social media post last month, Carola explained that she was not prepared to do a show like Melodifestivalen or Let’s Dance due […]

Davve
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Davve

If I know Carola correctly she is just desperate for media to hype her ahead of MF2020.. i wouldnt be surprised to see her on the MF stage come February

GEE
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GEE

Article got a fact wrong. If Carola competed in 2020, it would be her 6th appearance in Melfest

pp77
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pp77

With this s

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The tabloids seem to be in desperate need of a story. However unrealistically, I actually was hoping it could be true. Not because I like her music, but because she is an interesting Eurovision character, much more so than many other winners. Another participation of her would have been interesting, at the very least.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

haha why do you report on this? We in Sweden knew she would not compete. Very ennoying you reported that she would compete yesterday and today NOT. Do your research next time. Its not nice to Carola to do this i think.

Dawid
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Dawid

Thats exactly why they did it. Because they implied something that turned out to be false.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Wiwwibloggs did no research at all. later in the day it was the opposite so. You dont write an article if you dont do research first.

Jonas
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Jonas

They were simply relaying media reports, and then when the story evolved, they reported that too. They’ve done nothing wrong.

Davve
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Davve

No one knew dude… relax…. if u dont like ESC news then Wiwibloggs are not for you

Denis
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Denis

Even if she was competing she wouldn’t have been allowed to say so before SVT confirmed her. Otherwise it is a breach of rules and disqualification.

Daniel Bergman
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Daniel Bergman

she is probably still included in Melodifestivalen

Daniel Bergman
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Daniel Bergman

those who compete in the Melodifestivalen must not say that they should join before svt goes out. In previous years, artists have said the same thing when someone asked about their participation in the Melodifestivalen

filipko54
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filipko54

That’s because you always believe Aftonbladet