They’re the UK pop group who previously covered the Melodifestivalen hit “Something in Your Eyes” from Jenny Silver. And it would seem Steps have a soft spot for Melfest (or at least an open wallet for the royalties it helps them generate). That’s because the five-piece have included two covers from the Swedish competition on their latest album What the Future Holds Part 2.
Yep, despite some spicy comments in 2020 from band member Ian “H” Watkins, who said Eurovision was “just not the right place for us,” the group is more than happy to dip their toes in the back catalogue of Sweden’s national selection.
The first cover is Mariette’s “A Million Years”, which placed fourth at Melfest in 2017. Mariette co-wrote it with a songwriting team that included two Eurovision greats: Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. The song also won the OGAE Second Chance Contest, marking it as Eurofans’ favourite track that didn’t make it to Eurovision.
The lyrics of the song capture the singer’s devotion to their beloved — regardless of whether the feelings are reciprocal.
“Whether you’re out or whether you’re in, baby I’ll never let you go. Whether you lose or whether you win, baby can’t you see, can’t you see me through the tears?”
Their other cover is of “Victorious” — Lina Hedlund’s Melfest 2019 entry. The song placed 11th in the final, ahead of only Malou Prytz’s “I Do Me”.
What do you think of Steps’ new album? And what do you make of their growing romance with Melodifestivalen? Are there any other Melfest songs you’d like them to cover? Let us know down below!