The rumoured acts for Melodifestivalen 2020 continue to roll in. And this time there’s a big name. Eurovision 2011 star Eric Saade is reportedly being chased by broadcaster SVT. While teen pop star Suzi P and Swedish rapper Albin Johnsén have reportedly confirmed for 2020.
Aftonbladet reports that SVT is very keen for Eric Saade to make his fourth appearance at Melodifestivalen. If Eric were to say ja, the newspaper notes that a big issue would be the language of his song. Most recently, Eric has released songs in Swedish, including his recent hit “Postcard”. However, Aftonbladet’s source says that Eric is aware that a song with English lyrics would be a “smarter choice” for Eurovision.
Eric first competed at Melodifestivalen 2010, where his upbeat pop track “Manboy” placed third. He returned the following year and won with the similarly popalicious “Popular”. It went on to place third at Eurovision 2011. Eric made his third Mello appearance in 2015. His relationship revenge song “Sting” placed fifth in the grand final.
Albin Johnsén is reportedly ready to make his second Melodifestivalen appearance. The Swedish rapper had a No.1 hit in 2014 with the song “Din soldat”. He made his Melodifestivalen debut in 2016, where he performed “Rik” with Mattias Andréasson. The song was eliminated in andra chansen.
In the past Albin has worked with singers, however it is not known if he will enter Melodifestivalen in partnership with a vocalist or solo.
Sixteen-year-old Suzi P had released a number of singles this year, including “Shunon”. Suzi caused a dramatic moment in August when she performed the song on the children’s programme Sommarlovsmorgon. The song scandalised some audience members with the lyrical mentions of drugs and crime.
According to Aftonbladet’s source, Suzi P is “exactly the kind of artist that SVT wants to bring in to rejuvenate. She is a strong and tough young girl who raps.”
Albin and Suzi P will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2020 by The Mamas, Victor Crone, Hanna Ferm, Jakob Karlberg and P4 Nästa wildcard winner Amanda Aasa. Eric Saade joins Carola on the list of acts being chased by the broadcaster.
SVT is expected to reveal the lucky 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 sometime in November.
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