About one month remains until the competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2021 are expected to be announced. But until then, we now have the great guessing game that is Melfest rumours season. The first acts reported for 2021 are Idol 2019 winner Tusse Chiza, dansband Sannex, and rappers Sam-E & Wahl.
The news has come from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Report Tobbe Ek works his sources and keeps close track of the speculation each year.
Tusse Chiza is best known to Swedish audiences from having won last year’s series of Swedish Idol. During his time on the show, he caught the attention of guest judge and Melfest boss Christer Björkman, who told Tusse that he is “welcome to Melodifestivalen whenever you want.”
Aftonbladet reports that over the summer, Tusse has been involved in several songwriting camps, working on potential Mello entries. As well, Melodifetivalen producers have been asking songwriters for songs specifically with Tusse as the intended artist.
Tusse follows Idol alums Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw to Melodfestivalen.
The dansband Sannex is also said to be part of Melfest 2021. The group formed in the late 1970s but has been evolving ever since with an ever-changing line-up.
In 2017, the group received the Swedish Grammis award for Dansband of the Year. They also won the Guldklavar award honouring Sweden’s top dance band in both 2014 and 2015.
The inclusion of dansbands at Melodifestivalen is a reminder that Melfest is more than just Sweden’s national final for Eurovision. It also serves as a celebration of all aspects of contemporary popular Swedish music.
Sam-E & Wahl
The third rumoured act are two rapper previously known for each being part of a duo. Sami “Sam-E” Rekik is was previously part of the hip hop duo Medina. They had a number of hits over a decade, including the No.2 single “Miss Decibel”.
For his Melfest appearance, Sam-E will be teaming up with the rapper Christopher “Wahl” Vahlberg. He was previously part of the duo SödraSidan and has recently gone solo.
Aftonbladet’s source says the new duo will be most likely to perform an urban pop song at Melodifestivalen.
Melodifestivalen 2021: What we know so far
Due to Covid concerns, the traditional Melodifestivalen tour won’t be used for the 2021 shows. Instead all the live shows will be filmed at a studio in Stockholm. As well, the show will not have a live audience.
The dates for Melodifestivalen 2021 have been confirmed, taking place in the usual six-week period in February and early March.
The hosts for Melfest 2021 have not been confirmed, but product manager Annette Helenius has hinted that each show may use different hosts.
Tusse Chiza, Sannex and Sam-E & Wahl will be joined by P4 Nästa wildcard winner Julia Alfrid.
The confirmed line-up of Melodifestivalen 2021 is expected to be announced in late November.
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