On Sunday, SVT announced that Thorsten Flinck had been disqualified from the upcoming second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 in Gothenburg, as the singer was “currently charged criminally with unlawful threat and vandalism”. Now, the broadcaster has confirmed that Jan Johansen will replace Flinck this coming Saturday.
Johansen is a well established Swedish singer, having previously competed four times at Melodifestivalen. He will perform the same song that Flinck was originally scheduled to sing – “Miraklernas tid” (The time of miracles), written by Thomas G:son – in Saturday’s second semi-final.
On selecting the veteran performer as Flinck’s replacement, Melfest contest producer Karin Gunnarsson notes:
“I’m very thankful that Jan has agreed on such short notice. I’m convinced that he will perform a beautiful version of “Miraklernas tid”.”
Who is Jan Johansen?
Jan Johansen is a veteran Swedish performer, with four previous Melodifestivalen entries under his belt.
He first entered the contest in 1995 with the song “Se på mig” (Look at me), and went on to win. He then represented Sweden at Eurovision that year, finishing in third place.
Johansen returned to Melfest in three consecutive years between 2001 and 2003. In 2001, he sung “Ingenmansland” (No-man’s land), which finished in fourth place. His 2002 entry “Sista andetaget” (Last second) came in seventh place.
In 2003, he teamed up with Pernilla Wahlgren for the duet “Let Your Spirit Fly”. The two singers came in second place.
Those who were watching the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 last Saturday may remember he appeared in the interval act and sung alongside host Linnea Henriksson.
Why was Thorsten Flinck disqualified?
On Sunday, broadcaster SVT has disqualified the provocative performer Thorsten Flinck from the upcoming second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020. SVT says the artist has been “currently charged criminally with unlawful threat and vandalism”.
Melodifestivalen project manager Anette Helenius confirmed Flinck’s disqualification, 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.”
SVT has learned that the artist Thorsten Flinck, planned to take part in heat 2 of the 2020 #Melfest, is currently charged criminally with unlawful threat and vandalism. SVT has decided that Flinck can not take part. 1/2 https://t.co/EE0i7BI87X
— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) February 2, 2020
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. The song itself remains in Melodifestivalen 2020.
Melodifestivalen rules make it clear that the song is what is entered in the contest and give SVT the right to change performers.
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