She’s the schlager legend who sang for Sweden at Eurovision 1996 as part of the group One More Time. And now 57-year-old Nanne Grönvall is ready for a comeback at Melodifestivalen 2020.

“It wasn’t really planned from the start when I wrote the song,” she told our Tobias at SVT’s Melfest artist announcement press event. “I started writing it about a year ago. Then my husband Peter persuaded me.”

It, of course, is “Carpool Karaoke” — her three-minute entry which she will sing in Semi-Final 4 in Malmö next February.

“From the beginning I was like NO…It’s a big project and so you really have to feel in your heart that you want to do it. Now I feel like I really want to do it.”

 

Apparently working on one of last year’s Melfest entries helped get her in the mood.

“Last year I wrote the Swedish lyrics for Arvingarna’s ‘I Do’ and after that I got a little bit of, ‘ah, well maybe that could be fun [feel].'”

Nanne, who placed second at Melfest 2005 with her solo song “Håll on mig”, confirmed that her song really is about that viral series from British comedian James Corden.

“They are sitting in the car, he’s driving and they’re just talking and singing the artist’s song. It’s such a happy fantastic feeling to watch this. The simplicity when they are there.”

Nowadays you’re expected to do big things for the TV viewers to be interested, and this just goes straight into the heart and makes you so happy. I think I watched all of the episodes.”

So is this a typical Nanne Grönvall song?

“It’s typical. You should just get happy from the song. It’s nothing like, ‘Whoa this is different.’ But it will still be something new with this old sound. I think it is a quite typical Nanne song.”

Nanne Grönvall at Melodifestivalen

 

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 compete again (and again and again) in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Her best result was with 2005 entry “Håll om mig” which finished in second place, just three points behind 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.

Are you excited to hear this legend at Mello again? Sound off below!

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Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
8 months ago

Out of all the Melfest songs , her title stuck out the most. Looking forward to its live next year!

Geo
Geo
8 months ago

Who is this old hag? She has 0 chances at winning Melfest, what’s her goal? Participating only?

Bart
Bart
8 months ago
Reply to  Geo

That is so ageist! If you are lucky you will reach her age and be thousend times less capable of doing anything.

M_K
M_K
8 months ago

Well, the title of her song is “Carpool Karaoke”, so that revelation comes merely as a mild surprise. Love Nanne, though.

Bart
Bart
8 months ago

She and her companions were robbed in 1996. For all the Swedish fans: You should have won it that year! Now that was a good and classy entry for Sweden. It would be great if she could pull something like that again. I wish her all the luck, as she is a million times better performer as those returning pseudo- hobby-barber singers…

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago

Out of the few carpool episodes that I watched, my favorite is definitely Sia. What an icon. In all of the other carpool episodes I watched, my favorite was always James Corden. He’s got such a great spirit his guests cannot match. Except for Sia, of course. Whatever, I hope “den vilda” Nanne will be back with a vengeance and have a knock-out song.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

Depends on the episode. The Paul McCartney one was wonderful. In general I like the ones that feel more spontaneous the best. And I like James Corden a lot in general, at least as a person.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, I feel like when you can’t vibe with James Corden in that car, it says a lot about you as a person. He couldn’t be kinder to his guests.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

I see a surprising amount of haters of James Corden, almost all of them using CK and his American pop-culture obsession as their reasons why they don’t like him, and I think that’s stupid. He’s just a goofball who likes sharing his love of life and entertainment with other people! I never get fake vibes from him, as opposed to, say, Jimmy Fallon.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago

Chris Martin one was the best. Hes just so positive which is what it’s about . Gaga was good too.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Also Adele and Sam Smith.

Jonas
Jonas
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Celine?

Jonas
Jonas
8 months ago

What a great achievement, to participate as a performer in four different decades! A shame she just missed this current one, or else it could have been five. Still, she was there as a songwriter, so much applause to you, Nanne.

Loviisa
Loviisa
8 months ago

I like that she’s saying that her song is typical Nanne-song.