As we head towards the official announcement of the acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2020, three more names are being reported as part of the roster. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that schlager queen Linda Bengtzing, former Cookies ‘N’ Beans singer Frida Öhrn and soul-pop singer Paul Rey will be heading to the heats in February.
Linda Bengtzing is set to make her seventh Melodifestivalen appearance. She made her Mello debut in 2005, where her song “Alla flickor” placed ninth. She also competed in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
Most recently, she competed with the schlager-pop track “Killer Girl”, which she performed with a shaved head. Her hair has since grown back, but according to Aftonbladet’s source, Linda will be delivering another slice of schlager-pop and, the source says, she is determined to make the grand final.
Frida Öhrn will also be returning to Melodifestivalen — but it will be her first time as a solo artist. In 2004 she performed as part of the pop trio LaRoxx with “(Are U) Ready Or Not”. For Mello 2009 and 2013, she performed as part of the female country trio Cookies ‘N’ Beans. Their song “Burning Flags” reached the andra chansen round in 2013.
Frida is also known as part of the indie pop group Oh Laura, who had an international hit in 2007 with “Release Me”. But despite all her collaborations, for Melfest 2020 she will be going solo.
Making his debut at Melodifestivalen will be soul-pop singer Paul Rey. He is best known for the 2017 remix of his song “California Dreaming”, including a guest rap from American hip hop icon Snoop Dogg.
Aftonbladet notes that while Paul enjoys good streaming numbers on Spotify, he is yet to break through in Sweden. The paper’s source claims the song could be “one of next year’s big hits”. It is unlikely that Snoop Dogg will perform another guest rap about cannabis on Paul’s Melfest entry.
Linda Bengtzing, Frida Öhrn and Paul Rey will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2020 by Albin, Suzi P, The Mamas, Victor Crone, Hanna Ferm, Jakob Karlberg and P4 Nästa wildcard winner Amanda Aasa. Eric Saade and Carola are two acts still being chased by the broadcaster.
SVT is expected to reveal the lucky 28 competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2020 sometime later this month.
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