As we get closer to the confirmed acts for Melodifestivalen 2020 being announced later this month, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is reporting that two former Melfest winners will be making a comeback. Mello 2010 winner Anna Bergendahl and 2017 champ Robin Bengtsson are both set to return in 2020. As well, DJ Anis Don Demina will join the lineup.
The Anna Bergendahl redemption story looks set to continue. She won Melodifestivalen in 2010 with “This Is My Life”, but shockingly failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final — the only time Sweden has missed out.
But Anna made a comeback to Mello 2019, where her uplifting country-rock anthem “Ashes to Ashes” placed 10th in the grand final. The song also placed third in the OGAE Second Chance poll. Aftonbladet’s source says that Anna has a song ready to go for her third Melfest appearance.
Robin Bengtsson — who previously competed alongside Anna Bergendahl in Swedish Idol 2005 — is also set to make a comeback. And like Anna, it will also be his third Melodifestivalen appearance.
He first competed in 2016 with “Constellation Prize”, then came back the following year and won with “I Can’t Go On”. He went on to place fifth in Kyiv.
Aftonbladet‘s source claims that Melodifestival’s editorial team was able to convince both Anna and Robin Bengtsson to make a return for 2020.
Anis Don Demina
DJ, rapper and singer Anis Don Demina will also make a return to Melodifestivalen. He made his Mello debut earlier this year with the song “Mina bränder” (My fires) with vocals by Zeana. The song finished fifth in its semi-final, and while it missed out on making the andra chansen round, it reached No.25 in the Swedish singles chart.
While Anis don Demina has denied involvement in Melfest 2020, Aftonbladet‘s sources confirm that he will be part of the contest. It is not currently known if Anis will team up with another vocalist or if he will perform solo.
Anna Bergendahl, Robin Bengtsson and Anis don Demina will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2020 by Drängarna, 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.
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