Entries for Melodifestivalen 2021 open today, but we’re already one step closer to discovering the first confirmed artist. Sverigesradio has announced the eight finalists who will compete in P4 Nästa 2020 next month.
The contest is run by Swedish Radio network P4 and it aims to find new artists and new music suited to the station format. The eight finalists were selected from 25 nominees representing the regional P4 stations.
The eight acts will compete at the grand final of P4 Nästa on 12 September and the winning song will be playlisted on the P4 network. As well, one act will be given a wildcard entry to compete in the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen 2021.
The eight acts who will compete at the P4 Nästa 2020 grand final are:
- Agnes Rehn – “Goodbye”
- Alicia Jern – “Friendzone”
- Amskøld – “Standby”
- Hilde & Erik – “Som det är”
- Julia Alfrida – “Dark doom”
- Nina Bring – “Nära”
- Northlight – “Equally different”
- Sanna ft. Re:Bond – “Aldrig det”
The ticket to Melodifestivalen
Since 2012, P4 Nästa has also given one act a place in the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen. The ticket originally went to the overall Nästa winner, but since 2015 it has been decided separately by the competition jury. The adult radio favourites of Nästa haven’t always been a good match for the bright television aesthetic of Mello.
The Nästa acts with the best results at Melfest were Terese Fredenwall with “Breaking the Silence” in 2012 and Smilo with “Weight of the World” in 2015. Both acts each placed fifth in their respective semi-final, and both narrowly missed out on Andra Chansen.
Most recently, popstress Amanda Aasa placed sixth in her Mello semi-final with the upbeat number “Late”. To date, no Nästa act has made it all the way to the Melfest grand final.
As the P4 Nästa 2020 competing songs have been released before the 1 September release deadline for Eurovision songs, the winner of the Melodifestivalen wildcard must enter Melfest with a new song.
The grand final of P4 Nästa 2020 will take place on 12 September at Västerås Konserthus. The Swedish government currently has a limit of 50 people maximum for such events due to Covid restrictions.
P4 Nästa 2020 finalists
Agnes Rehn – “Goodbye”
Alicia Jern – “Friendzone”
Amskøld – “Standby”
Hilde & Erik – “Som det är”
Julia Alfrida – “Dark doom”
Nina Bring – “Nära”
Northlight – “Equally different”
Sanna ft. Re:Bond – “Aldrig det”
Who is your favourite P4 Nästa 2020 finalist?
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