The 2021 national final season is going full speed ahead, and with it Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has named more acts who will reportedly be part of Melodifestivalen 2021. Now it seems we’ll be on track to have a Mello 2011 rematch — that year’s winner Eric Saade is said to have confirmed for 2021, while 2011 runner-up Danny Saucedo is also on the list. Also reported for 2021 is two-time finalist Anton Ewald.
Danny Saucedo for Melodifestivalen 2021
The “In the Club” and “Amazing” singer has become one of Sweden’s most beloved artists, gaining acclaim for his participation in Så mycket bättre in 2019 and his tour The Run(A)way show. Aftonbladet‘s source believes that Danny directly contacted SVT with the song he wants to take to Melfest 2021.
It’s no secret that Danny has had his eye on Eurovision and twice came close to winning the Swedish ticket. In 2011, he came second with “In the Club”, losing to Eric Saade’s “Popular”. The following year also yielded a similar result, when he placed second with “Amazing” to Loreen’s all-conquering “Euphoria”. In addition, Danny placed third with the group EMD in 2009. Will this be the year Danny finally raises the trophy?
While Danny’s previous Eurovision entries were in English, his more recent releases have been in Swedish. It remains to be seen which language he will take to Melodifestivalen 2021.
Eric Saade for Melodifestivalen 2021
Eric is no stranger to the Melfest stage. He made his debut in 2010 with “Manboy”, then won the Swedish national final the following year with “Popular”. Eric returned in 2015 with “Sting” which placed fifth in the grand final. He was also part of the Melfest 2019 hosting team.
Eric was reported to have considered a return to Melodifestvialen this year, but in the end he was not part of the line-up. But it seems this year, the timing is right for Eric to make Mello comeback.
Aftonbladet‘s source also reckons that, as Melfest 2021 will be the last helmed by Christer Björkman, the Danny-Erik showdown is “exactly what Björkman wants in his final year.”
Like Danny, Eric’s recent releases have been in Swedish and it’s not clear if he’ll also perform a Swedish song at Melfest.
Anton Ewald for Melodifestivalen 2021
Another artist also set to make a Mello comeback is two-time finalist Anton Ewald. He made his Melfest debut in 2013, where he came out of andra chansen and placed fourth in the grand final with “Begging”. The following year, he went directly to the grand final with the John Lundvik-penned song “Natural”.
Anton has not released a lot of music in recent years, so he could be looking at using Melodifestivalen to relaunch his music career in Sweden.
Melodifestivalen 2021: Expected acts
According to Aftonbladet, we already know 15 of the 28 acts for Melodifestivalen 2021. They are P4 Nästa wildcard entry Julia Alfrida, Tusse Chiza, Sannex, Sami Rekik & Wahl, The Mamas, Dotter, Jessica Andersson, Klara Hammarström, Alvaro Estrella, Paul Rey, Arvingarna, Lovad, Eric Saade, Danny Saucedo and Anton Ewald. Junior Eurovision 2012 contestant Lova Sönnerbo, who performs as LOVA, is said to be considering Melodifestivalen
The Melfest rules forbid artists from revealing whether or not they’re participating. Therefore, Aftonbladet’s reports are not official. However, the newspaper has proven to be highly accurate, with 45 of the last two years’ 56 participants correctly accounted for.
SVT is expected to announce the full Melodifestivalen line-up later this month.
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