She’s the “One More Night” singer who has twice bid to represent Sweden at Eurovision. And now, Dinah Nah suggests a song she submitted to Melodifestivalen 2021 is now one of the favourites to win Eurovision in Rotterdam. Fans are speculating the song could be Destiny’s “Je Me Casse” or Senhit’s “Adrenalina”.
Dinah Nah shared the information on her Instagram story today.
Dinah Nah on her Melfest 2021 submission
During a question and answer session on Instagram, the “Make Me (La La La)” singer shared a photo of herself in the studio, supposedly recording a song she sent into Melodifestivalen 2021. She writes:
“In this pic I was recording a song for Mello 2021 which unfortunately wasn’t selected. Now there is another artist in another country who’s gonna sing this song in Eurovision… and guess what, it’s on top of the betting lists.”
Fans are already speculating about which song she could be talking about, there are two likely candidates for which song Dinah Nah is referring to.
The first is Destiny’s “Je Me Casse”. The evidence for this is twofold. Destiny is the current favourite to take home the crystal microphone and bring Malta its first Eurovision victory. Also, one of the co-writers of “Je Me Casse” is Melodifestivalen veteran Nicklas Eklund. In 2020, Nicklas wrote Frida Öhrn’s Melfest entry “We Are One”. History shows that Melodifestivalen songwriters often return to compete in the Swedish selection — as evidenced by the likes of “Euphoria” co-writer Thomas G:son who has more than 60 Mello entries to his name.
However, it’s important to note that if Dinah Nah did record a version of “Je Me Casse”, it was likely very different to the Destiny song we know now. In an interview with wiwibloggs, Destiny noted that she reworked the middle section of the song significantly to better show off her vocals.
It is also possible that Dinah Nah could be talking about Senhit’s “Adrenalina”. The song is currently sitting within the bookies’ top ten favourites and features the songwriting talents of Melodifestivalen veterans Joy Deb, Linnea Deb and Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt.
Eurovision song selections: Why do songs get submitted to multiple national finals?
It’s completely normal for songwriters at Eurovision and in the wider music industry to workshop their songs with different artists. Some artists may offer something unique vocally, or a song may be passed on to somebody else if the intended recipient didn’t like the song. Consider here Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”, which was originally written for Britney Spears, or Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You”, which was almost a hit for Rihanna.
Often, Eurovision songwriters will submit the same song to multiple national finals. This is likely to increase their chances of getting to Eurovision and can serve as a huge networking opportunity. Even if Dinah Nah’s claims are to be believed, this is not the first time that a song originally intended for one selection show has made it big elsewhere.
For example, in 2010, “In A Moment Like This” songwriters originally submitted their track to Melodifestivalen. Swedish producers rejected the song, but it later found its way to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Performed by Chanée & N’evergreen, the song won the competition and placed fourth for Denmark at Eurovision in Oslo. Meanwhile, Sweden failed to qualify.
More recently, Rasmussen’s “Higher Ground” was also submitted to Melodifestivalen 2018 with Dennis Bengtsson on vocals. The song didn’t make the cut with Swedish producers but later went on to represent Denmark at Eurovision in Lisbon, placing ninth.
And elsewhere, San Marino’s Senhit considered taking “Cleopatra” to Eurovision 2020, before it was passed on to Azerbaijan’s Efendi.
What do you think of this? Which Eurovision 2021 favourite do you think Dinah Nah submitted to Melodifestivalen? Sound off in the comments below.