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.
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