She’s the three-time Melodifestivalen winner who also won Eurovision 1991. Earlier this month Carola Häggkvist denied reports suggesting she would be competing at Melodifestivalen 2020. But the Mello queen has recently tweeted news of a meeting with Swedish broadcaster SVT.
Yesterday Carola shared an intriguing post to her Instagram story. She was standing outside the Stockholm headquarters of Sveriges Television (SVT). The photo includes a caption which approximately translates to “Private SVT meeting behind closed doors completed. Thanks, now everything old is importantly cleansed.”
The meeting suggests that Carola may have been meeting with SVT to discuss her reasons for not wanting to compete in Melodifestivalen. Of course, at the moment we have to take Carola’s word for it that there was a meeting.
The “Fångad 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 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”.
But could SVT have offered their assurances to Carola that she won’t be caught up in a media circus this time?
Previous reports suggested that Melodifestivalen boss Christer Björkman had offered Carola the opportunity to perform “a tribute to her Christian faith” and her love of Jesus.
Dansband Drängarna reported for Melodifestivalen
While Carola’s Melfest participation is still up in the air, things are looking more certain for dansband Drängarna (The Farmhands).
Aftonbladet reports that the popular dansband will make their Mello debut in 2020, the same year they will celebrate their 25th anniversary. Drängarna follows dansband and 1993 Eurovision act Arvingarna, who earned a comfortable seventh place in the grand final earlier this year.
Drängarna will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2020 by Linda Bengtzing, Frida Öhrn, Paul Rey, 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.
What do you think? Are you ready for more schlager diva realness? Should Carola say yes to Melfest? Who else would you like to see in the 2020 lineup? Tell us your thoughts below!