Yesterday, the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 kicked off, with seven acts trying their best to win over Swedish viewers. But in next weekend’s second semi-final, there’s one act who won’t be in that position. Broadcaster SVT has disqualified the provocative performer Thorsten Flinck. SVT says the artist has been “currently charged criminally with unlawful threat and vandalism”.

Melodifestivalen project manager Anette Helenius confirmed Flinck’s disqualification today, saying:

“We deeply regret this. We really wanted to see Thorsten Flinck on the stage of Melodifestivalen on Saturday. But because he is in the middle of an ongoing legal process, we cannot allow Thorsten Flinck to participate as a competitor.”

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet report that the charges were brought against Flinck before Christmas, though a court date has not yet been set. The paper says it is not known why SVT made the decision to disqualify Flinck less than one week before his semi-final.

Flinck was due to perform “Miraklernas tid” (The time of miracles) in next weekend’s semi-final in Gothenburg. But the song itself — written by Thomas G:son — still remains in Melodifestivalen 2020. The song will be performed by another singer. SVT is now searching for Flinck’s replacement.

Melodifestivalen rules make it clear that the song is what is entered in the contest and give SVT the right to change performers.

Flinck’s previous brush with disqualification

Flinck flirted with a disqualification in November, when he revealed he would be participating in Melodifestivalen 2020 — well ahead of SVT’s big reveal. This is, in theory, in breach of the Melodifestivalen rules.

But broadcaster SVT chose to turn a blind eye to the rule break. At the time, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that one of their sources sighed and said, “Some other artist could definitely have been disqualified. What is okay for some is not allowed for others.”

Thorsten Flinck is an actor and musician, with a career spanning over 40 years. He is known for playing villains, but also for his outrageous personality off-stage.

He made his Melodifestivalen debut in 2012, performing with his group Revolutionsorkestern. They placed eighth in the grand final with the song “Jag reser mig igen” (I Rise Again).

The last Mello disqualification: Anna Book’s Moldovan mix-up

The last major Melodifestivalen disqualification happened to Anna Book in 2016. Eurovision fans recognised her Melodifestivalen entry “Himmel för två” as a Swedish-language version of Felicia Dunaf’s 2014 Moldovan national final entry “Taking Care of a Broken Heart” from 2014 — and therefore breaking the 1 September rule.

At the time, the news was confirmed by a solemn press conference and it is said that many tears were shed.

The song was disqualified from Melodifestivalen, however Anna Book was still able to perform the song out of competition at the semi-final. The performance was a hit with audiences, giving a happy ending to an upsetting situation.

The new artist to perform at the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 will join Klara Hammarström, Dotter, Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella, Linda Bengtzing, Paul Rey and Anna Bergendahl. The semi-final will take place in Gothenburg next Saturday, February 8th.

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Marie
Marie
1 year ago

Jan Johanssen will sing instead of Torsten Flink

pp77
pp77
1 year ago

It s look that SVTv don t want to see him in final. Look how many televote he got from public in 2012 in semi and final (in final international juries destroy him, maybe because song was in swedish language)

BREXIT CAREER WOMAN
BREXIT CAREER WOMAN
1 year ago

he cheated on his wife with an immigrant from Iraq

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

I never understood why they brought Flinck into the competition again. I’m glad he’s gone. He’s just weird.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Weird is good, though.

Alexander
Alexander
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

He’s not the good weird :/

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Well my singing services are available, SVT. 😉
But jokes aside… Very sad news about the Thorsten Flinck legal situation. Not really much else Melfest can do except carry on regardless. 🙁

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

So this is how Aly Ryan will break into Eurovision. What an unexpected turn of events.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Ah bravo, spot on. 😀

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I actually came here expecting someone already had made the mandatory Aly Ryan joke, but I guess it was my turn to do the honors. 😀

Ana
Ana
1 year ago

They will surely find someone, they will take some middle aged celebrity man to perform his song.

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Ana

And if not there is always Anna Book xD

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Get Greta Thunberg to sing it!!!

Gunilla
Gunilla
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Yes her mother Marlena Ernman won the melfest once and her sister Beata sing on musicals. Greta is probably a great singer. But good luck … think she has more important work ahead of her. Like save the world.

Marie
Marie
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunilla

Greta Thunbergs sister Beata Ernman

https://youtu.be/4AChmpYevkg

Gunilla
Gunilla
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Gretas Thunbergs mother Marlena Ernman on melfest 2009

https://youtu.be/6zJpww_mz8s

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunilla

Greta is the real-life Peter that Paradise Oskar sang about.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I was thinking this the other day!!

Oscar
Oscar
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Greta and all the kids ”are the heroes of our time” whith treir ”Statements”
….ops..a musical whith melfest and esc songs about Greta. ; )

Chromium
Chromium
1 year ago

Not sure if he was/is a singer, but can’t they just let Thomas G:son sing the song himself? :))

But I think they should just disqualify the whole entry (it’s an incomplete entry, because it has no artist to interpret it now), but give it a special performance slot, like what they did with Anna Book.

Anders ASUS N53S Anders Nossen Sandvik
Anders ASUS N53S Anders Nossen Sandvik
1 year ago
Reply to  Chromium

Hmm well. I see your point. Maybe the song «Miraklernas Tid» can have a special performance slot. But if I have to be honest. I am not in agree with you Chromium. Why? Because I think Thomas G:son and SVT will find another singer to sing the song «Miraklernas Tid». And really you compare the song «Miraklernas Tid» to Anna Book’s song «Himmel för två» that is a plagiarised song from Melodifestivalen 2016. The reason that the song «Himmel för två» got a special performance slot were because this song «Himmel för två» is a plagiarised song. And really the… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

I tried to post twice, but my comment just disappears. 🙁

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Probably you used some weird word. Happened to me a few times. You will get na email saying that it’s approved soon. Unless what you wrote is against some rules.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

Thorsten Flink was once considered a creative genius, the future of theatre, working with Ingmar Bergman at Dramaten. Now he’s singing a song by Thomas G:son? Still, I guess it’s sad that he’s out, the contest could do with some more non-conformists.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

“written by Thomas G:son “. Say no more. Just bring another song with another artist, even though the staging would be hard to settle up in less than a week. It’s a bit ironic though that a “provocative” artist was going to sing a Thomas G:Son song. He brought us “Euphoria” or “Quédate conmigo” among others, but it’s his time to go on a retire in the Himalaya to found himself and bring up new ideas, cause his song are all over the place in every NF and right now all of them sound like a uninspired mix up of… Read more »

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

I like the time before when there were no sites where you can write negative comments all the time. The old times was a better place.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

I like the time before you refused to accept other people’s opinion, Rasmus. Or did that time even exist at all?

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

its mostly negative on every article here. havent you noticed?

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Move to China or North Korea then

Africavision
Africavision
1 year ago
Reply to  Tajikistan

Or Africa, since Rasmus seems to think (based on a previous comment of his) that we have no radios, music, innovation, and technologies here In Africa… He probably thinks that I am sending this message to Wiwibloggs via snail mail, which is me putting a sticky note on my pet slug and making it glide to Wiwibloggs headquarters. Faster Gary… FASTER!!! So now that my message is on the way to Wiwibloggs, its time for me to go back to my hut, in the middle of the desert, to be like Jurijus, and run with my pet lions. Bye ya’ll!… Read more »

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

I would think they would try to get someone who can infuse the song with a similar tone and attitude as him. They just can’t plop in some teeny bopper. I’m imagining a Caroline af Ugglas or Jan Johansen who surprisingly made a brief appearance in semi 1

Gunilla
Gunilla
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

Caroline yes, but Jan no. They probably could use Björn Kjellman or someone like him.,

Jake
Jake
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunilla

And I was right….?

Ørken Øgle
Ørken Øgle
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

But they choose Jan.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I mean he looked dangerous.

Domnona
Domnona
1 year ago

They should just disqualify the song too. Tbh.

Mike Soto
Mike Soto
1 year ago

SVT should give the song to Lisa Ajax.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Soto

As much as I love our Swedish female-pop-songstress, I highly doubt that Lisa would fit a song originally given to Thorsten Flinck 😀

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Maybe that’s why these past MF has been boring: no scandals:)
That said, no major loss really. More a win than anything for us!

diana
diana
1 year ago

hallelujah

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Thanks for the article. I was on wikipedia and there was just a blank next to the song title and I was like, “Where’s Thorsten at?”
Now, I know.

Hillbra
Hillbra
1 year ago

The right thing to do would be to offer it to Anna Book…

emeej
emeej
1 year ago
Reply to  Hillbra

No please

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Is this the dude with the cigarette picture? If so, good riddance! I wanna put everyone in jail who dares to smoke (cigarettes) anywhere near me. Unless they’re really, really cute, then I try to stay upwind.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

That picture would totally fit the story, though. 😉

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago

Damn, that’s almost too kind :v

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

hahaha! i’m sorry, please try to understand me, i hate getting all that second-hand smoke when i’m walking in milan so i had to vent. thank heavens no one smokes in my family.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Get a grip

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Get a personality.

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
1 year ago

Ew imagine being this weird…

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

Eww imagine being this useless to any conversation. Funny how someone named Grace is completely graceless.

Cristiano Messi
Cristiano Messi
1 year ago

Mr Vanilla you are a good person. I am your big fan. The only bad thing is that you watch Melodifestivalen. MF is so sh*t or cringe almost every year, probably this year too.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Well thank you. It it makes you feel better, I listen to the preview snippets and then only watch the performances I’m interested in. I don’t actually watch any show as a whole. I liked three to four out of the seven acts in semi final one, so it was a rather decent outcome this year so far. That’s a first for me.

Carlos
Carlos
1 year ago

Saddo

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Carlos

Ashtrayo

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Carlos

language 🙂

Boozyfloozy
Boozyfloozy
1 year ago

Frigging pleb

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy

#JeSuisMila

Riri
Riri
1 year ago

I do agree that people who smoke should stay in an area designated to smoking so they don’t cause harm to those who don’t smoke. But saying that you would make an exception for “cute” people is just extremely shallow thing to say. You should not get a pass on being disrespectful to others just because you’re good looking.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago
Reply to  Riri

🙂

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

why are they looking for someone to sing his song rather than for someone else, anyone, with their own song?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Cos it’s another G:sson poultry factory masterpiece. Can’t miss any of those.

MTD
MTD
1 year ago

Because preparations in regards of staging are well in advance.

Loin dici
1 year ago

Well it’s a SONG contest