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.
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 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 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, OVÖ, Thorsten Flinck, Anna Bergendahl, Robin Bengtsson, Anis don Demina, 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.
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.
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