They’re the Norwegian twins who won Sweden’s edition of The Masked Singer over the summer. And now Marcus & Martinus are likely to sing in Melodifestivalen 2023, according to sources who spoke to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
The Norwegian dance-pop duo are among Norway’s most successful musical acts. Since winning Melodi Grand Prix Junior way back in 2012, they’ve topped the Norwegian album charts with three albums (Hei in 2015, Together in 2016 and Moments in 2017). In 2016 they won the coveted Spellemann prize, essentially naming them the country’s artists of the year.
Given their huge success at home, it makes sense that they’ve never agreed to participate in Norway’s national selection — Melodi Grand Prix. The market there is relatively small and they’ve already conquered it. They’ve reportedly declined repeated invitations to participate.
But Melodifestivalen gives the monozygotic twin brothers an opportunity to win over new fans in Sweden, a larger market where they’re riding a wave of momentum following their win on The Masked Singer, where they took turns singing each week.
Aftonbladet reports that Marcus & Martinus, now 20, have repeatedly declined invitations for Melodifestivalen since 2018, when they turned 16 and were eligible to compete.
Aftonbladet notes that the duo made a surprise appearance during one of the Melodifestivalen after-parties earlier this year (which, we know now, coincided with their appearance on The Masked Singer). In the past year, the group have also hired a Swedish management team that “has a lot of Mello experience,” which may suggest they’ve been gearing up for this for a while.
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“For a long time it was a clear no, but now it is leaning closer to a yes,” a source tells Aftonbladet. “But it will depend on whether they get the song. They will not show up with just anything and so far they are not completely satisfied with the result.”
Three of the newspaper’s other sources say that that the twins will compete.
Aftonbladet has a close relationship with insiders in the Swedish music and TV industries, and have a very high hit rate for breaking news about which artists will compete in the Swedish Eurovision selection.
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