In 24 hours we’ll know the confirmed lineup of Melodifestivalen 2020. But before then, as the final lineup starts to take shape, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has named three more returning artists who will reportedly be part of the show. They are Eurovision star Nanne Grönvall, three-time contestant Sonja Aldén and 2018 competitor Dotter.

Nanne Grönvall

Schlager diva Nanne made her Mello debut in 1986 with the group Sound of Music, and returned with them the following year. But it was a decade later when Nanne’s new group One More Time won Melodifestivalen and went on to represent Sweden at Eurovision 1996. Their song “Den vilda” placed third in the grand final.

Nanne made her solo Melfest debut in 1998 and she went on to also compete in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Her best result was 2005 entry “Håll om mig” which finished in second place, just three points between winner Martin Stenmarck.

In 2016 Nanne was affected by burnout, but she has since recuperated. Earlier this year she released the song “Jättekänd (Det Var För Fan Jag….)”, where Nanne is taken down a peg by a chorus of children who don’t know who the Mello legend is. The youth of Sweden will have a chance to get acquainted in February.

Sonja Aldén

Sonja Aldén is another schlager singer who has performed at Melodifestivalen before. Her first entry was in 2006 where she competed as Sonya. Her song “Etymon” did not make it out of the semi-finals.

Sonja had better luck the following year with her song “För att du finns”. It made it to the grand final where she finished in sixth place. In 2012, Sonja returned for a third time, but her song “I din himmel” did not qualify for the grand final.

According to Aftonbladet’s source, Sonja is a new addition to the Melodifestivalen 2020 lineup.

Dotter

Dotter made her Melodifestivalen debut in 2018 where she competed with the song “Cry”. Despite having a lot of fan support, “Cry” failed to make it out of its semi-final.

But Dotter has strong connections with Melodifestivalen. As a songwriter, she contributed to Mariette’s 2017 entry “A Million Years” and Lina Hedlund’s recent entry “Victorious”.

Earlier this year she performed at the Melodifestivalen grand final, duetting with Måns Zelmerlöw on the song “Walk With Me”.  With Sweden not having a female artist to Eurovision since 2014, Dotter could be one of the great hopes for 2020.

Nanne Grönvall, Sonja Aldén and Dotter will be joined at Melodifestivalen 2020 by Mohombi, William Strid, Klara Hammarström, Renaida, Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron, OVÖThorsten FlinckAnna Bergendahl, Robin Bengtsson, Anis don DeminaDrängarnaLinda Bengtzing, Frida Öhrn, Paul ReyAlbin, Suzi PThe MamasVictor 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.

The confirmed lineup of Melodifestivalen 2020 will be officially announced this Tuesday, 26 November at 12:00 CET. SVT will live-stream the announcement event on its Instagram account.

What do you think? Who else would you like to see on the Melodifestivalen 2020 lineup? Tell us your thoughts below!

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The three names I would love to see return are ISA, Ace Wilder and Alice. Sad they haven’t come back yet. 🙁

Sam
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Sam

Cry deserved so much more. I just hope the public really values Dotter’s potential this time. With a good song, she would be the perfect entry for Sweden

Álex
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Álex

Dotter??? Really??? I love her! She deserved better back in 2018. I’m really excited for this years’ Melodifestivalen. Last two years had many bad songs, but I can feel this is going to be like 2017, which i loved. Thank you, Sweden.

diana
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diana

I have a feeling Robin bengtsson will be back with a duet with a former melfest contestant

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

Aftonbladet are reporting apparently him & Mariette… dunno how I feel about that though considering I’m not a huge fan of Robin but I adore Mariette. Just hope when she comes back it’s not as generic as For You

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Jack Pricefield

Been 13 years since Nanne Grönvall last partook in Mello, Welcome back to a Schlager queen! Her robbery in 2005 remains one of the biggest crimes in NF history, awww I’m glad to see Sonja Aldén back as I love her melancholic Swedish ballads, couldn’t believe she came 6th in 2012 2nd semi! I thought Dotter would be back soon, I’ve actually been listening to her discography on Spotify and she’s a hella talented songwriter. “Cry” was good but not in her league, Melfest 2020 is shaping up to be awesome! As usual people are complaining there’s too many returning… Read more »

Etymon
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Etymon

Sonja’s ”I din himmel” is so underrated. Such a beautiful song. She deserved more.

Gav
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Gav

OH MY GOD Jättekänd (Det Var För Fan Jag….) IS THE BEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN AGES!

I may go and put a bet on Dotter to win. Just a feeling.

Alybloggs
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Alybloggs

More hopeful female singers. I hope Sweden will open their eyes amd pick a female singer/s next year.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

Sonja Aldén wrote the lyrics for “Night of Passion” by The Poodles in 2006, so she can probably sing a rock/metal entry if she wanted to. But I’m guessing it’ll be a boring ballad again…

Denis
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Denis

Yay for Nanne and Dotter, not so much for Sonja. Never liked her previous entries and seeing how she hasn’t changed style at all I dont hope for much.

Belle
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Belle

Love to see Dotter back. I loved Cry. It was my favorite that year.

Nice to see Nanne and Sonja back too.

Tom
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Tom

Yesss Dotteer- i am ready !!!
Still hoping for – Linnus, Danny, Dinah, Oscar, Zaena, Panetoz or Isa

HailTheQueenNanne
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HailTheQueenNanne

Nanne should finally represent Sweden on her own. Håll om mig is the best Mello-entry that didn’t win, in my opinion. Love her. <3

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Good to see Dotter back, loved her previous entry. I believe she’s the kind of artist that can unite Melfest’s undeniable production values with a more artistic approach.

Jonas
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Jonas

I’ll be very happy to see Nanne back. I’m glad she’s feeling better. I was wondering why she never showed up at last year’s show, they just showed some weird puppet whenever the songwriters got their moment. There’s not one of her Melodifestivalen entries I don’t like, even her UK effort wasn’t bad. I hope she has the energy to be her distinctive over-the-top self, and doesn’t dial it down like some of the other older ladies of recent years. Welcome back, Nanne!

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Tibor

Okay, Sweden, I’ll tell you about two female singers who I’d like to see at Melfest. The first is Cajsa Stina Akerström. I know she has participated in Melfest once (in 2014), the song wasn’t that memorable, but last year I have discovered one of her old tracks from 2002, it’s called “Allt Är Relativt” and in my opinion it still holds up today.
The second artist I’d like to see would be Melissa Horn. She just published a new album and I can’t stop listening to “Regnet” since.
You should chase these two instead of Eric Saade and Carola.

Denis
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Denis

Not Melissa Horn please. There is enough emos and depression out there without her songs pushing us close to suicide

Tibor
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Tibor

I like it. 🙂
There are other artists in Melfest that push me closer to suicide (just kidding, I’m a very resilient person).

Tibor
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Tibor

Ooh, and someone else I’d like to see is Jay-Jay Anderson. Probably never gonna happen, but I’m absolutely in love with his versatile style. Oh, well …

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Theres to much negativity in this world. I look so much forward to our mello season. If you read this page you will not stay positive long haha. The most negative people in the world must be ESC fans. They havent heard any of the songs but still they hate all 28 artists.

esc1234
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esc1234

in every article about sweden, there is always a comment of you about how the word is unfair to poor sweden in Eurovision. That victim mentality is laughable. Grow up

Rasmus
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Rasmus

And there are comments of you and Jack in every article how generic, boring, bad Sweden is haha. And you havent heard any of the songs yet. Are you a very negative person in private to? I would guess that 100%. In private i am a very positive person:)

Africavision
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Africavision

This has got to be the most hypocritical comment in Wiwiblogg’s history!… I’m sorry, but you have been bashing Poland these last few days, left, right, and center (as well as complaining about the gay men in the Eurovision audience), yet when someone says something that you perceive as negative about your own country, all of a sudden you become Mother Theresa, trying to preach positivity, and spreading love and happiness. Two words… Bitch please! If you can’t take it, don’t give it!

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

I’d really like that. I love “För att du finns”, so I hope that Sonja has another great song in store for her comeback. The same goes for Nanne who was of course the rightful winner in 2005 and is partly responsible for my favorite Swedish Eurovision song ever – “Den vilda.” A song like a warm embrace on a cold winter’s day.

Joe
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Joe

Den vilda is an all-time top 50 Eurovision song for me.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Totally should have won. Didn’t like either of the top 2. ‘Den vilda’ remains the real deal of 1996. And then, as a distant second, maybe Croatia.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I don’t know… “Den vilda” is a bit too simple and repetitive for me to enjoy. Wonderful, magical, almost mystical lyrics tho. I think Ireland’s victory was well deserved, although I’d say Portugal, Croatia, Finland and UK had the best songs that year.
As far as the Mello 2005 is concerned… I’m not a big fan of the 2000s editions (SO. MANY. SCHLAGERS), but Nanne was definitely one of the highlights of the show. I guess my winner would be either Caroline or Arja.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

We’d probably still have those kind of schlagers if they wouldn’t have produced such bad Eurovision results in 2008 and 2009. I’m really thankful that the era of the Perellis is dead and gone. Yes, Caroline should have won over Ernman.

Joe
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Joe

I disagree about The Voice. Amazing winner. It and Rock and Roll Kids are both in my all time top ten. I evighet isn’t my favorite but it’s still pretty damn good (really, save for maybe Slovakia and Spain, all the songs in 1996 were pretty amazing. That and 1995 may very well be the two best years of Eurovision ever, but 93-97 really was an incredible hot streak)

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Well, Slovenia and UK 1997 are among my all-time favorites. In general, I think Estonia and Croatia were very strong in the 90s, really trying hard to send quality stuff almost every year. Estonia turned really dark after they hosted for a couple of years but thankfully, now, they have been taking it seriously again for quite a while and we have our beloved Eesti laul. I wish Croatia would find its way back, as well.

Joe
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Joe

Croatia went 5/7 for really good entries (94 and 97 weren’t dire but they weren’t very good either). 93, 95, and 98 are all fantastic.

Joe
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Joe

With 96, I’d put (deep breath) Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland (yes really), France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom up there with some of my favorite entries ever.

Jonas
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Jonas

Brendan Graham originally submitted The Voice to RTÉ in 1995, but they mysteriously passed on it…if things had gone differently, I wonder would it have beaten Nocturne, and in turn, who would have won in 1996?

Jack Pricefield
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Jack Pricefield

“Den Vilda” was good but given the song quality in 1996, 3rd was a bit too high. One Mello entry from Nanne that barely gets shared in the Eurofandom is “Avundsjuk” from 1998, that is an epic mystical bop!

Loin dici
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We can say this is Returningartistfestivalen 2020.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I love returning artists 🙂

esc1234
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esc1234

and? why you feel the urge to reply to every comment? Do something more creative 😉

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I love doing that to 🙂

Loin dici
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Hey, I can live with 1-3 of them, but probably not as much with >50%. But again, this is Melfest.

Liam Lindsay
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Liam Lindsay

Rooting hardcore for Nanne, it’s about time she gets her moment, even though it’s 15 years late.
Hall om mig would of slayed in Ukraine.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Yes, yes, yes and just…yes.

Jakub
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Jakub

Im so happy of Dotter, hope she will deliver something good and will slay next year competition.
BTW all these rumours are killing the excitement of tommorow’s announcement

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I like the diversity in Mello:). All artists in every genre is welcome:). Im exited for all the songs now:)

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Is schlager and pop diversity?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

i love pop and schlager 🙂

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Y’all know, I’m neither Swedish nor a hardcore fan of Sweden 2016-2019. But I really have to defend the aspect of vatiety above. In the list I see rap, gospel, mystical pop and even a metal singer. DJs. Young newcomers. Returnees. Former winners. Generation 60+. If this is no variety for you, what do you expect? 🙂 (I believe the only thing missing is a girlgroup)

Goran
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Goran

Well only missing is Jojk and some folk music…otherwise all boxes are checked

Meliris
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Meliris

Still missing some EBM industrial techno… 😉

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

I hope Dotter comes back and redeems herself. Cry wasn’t a bad song but it was so similar to Julia Michaels’ Issues and the staging was far too subtle and non engaging.

mrflamboyant221
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mrflamboyant221

No offense, but I disagree with you saying that her staging was non-engaging. I thought it was very engaging and passionate. I get why she didn’t qualify though, which brings out your first point: it was far too subtle. I hope we get an equally or even better song than Cry from her this time.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Dotter just made this edition of Melfest promising

Tom
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Tom

Crying from happiness

Lolek
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Lolek

same, I’m most hyped for her return!!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

nanne gronvall was robbed big time back in 2005, i don’t think she has much to offer anymore but let’s remind how great hall om mig was – she got 2x as many televotes as the second place at melfest !

Joe
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Joe

They had so many good choices that year. They could’ve sent Katrina! But they sent that stupid Las Vegas song instead taking up valuable real estate in the final.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Indeed. Katrina’s song was one of Mr G:sson’s better offers.

Jack
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Jack

Comebackfestivalen 2020

Goran
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Goran

There is Melodifestivalen for you. It is a big PR platform for non-relevant artist or startup artists…therefore the lack of quality songs or even lack of good ones to be honest…

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I love quality and good songs in our Mello 🙂

Lesbi honest
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Lesbi honest

Ok Edgy McEdgelord

Rasmus
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Rasmus

i love comebacks and i love your postive comments about Sweden always<3 🙂

esc1234
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esc1234

no one talked to you

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I love talking to you 🙂

esc1234
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esc1234

i dont.