The race for Melodifestivalen has begun. The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet published an article earlier in the week with names of artists who are said to be in talks to make an appearance during the Swedish selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen. Amongst them are quite a few names who’ve been in Melodifestivalen before.
The Aftonbladet article is one of the most anticipated articles in the run up for SVT and has proven in the past few years to be quite accurate in its predictions. Over the past few weeks, a special jury has selected 16 of the 32 songs which will be performed during this years contest. Those were chosen from the total of 1902 submissions. Melodifestivalen director Christer Björkman will now choose the other 16 tracks. In the next coming week a list is expected of the tracks that have made the final cut.
But who’s going to perform those. When the list of songs and composers is made available we’ll be able to put some names with the songs but according to the Aftonbladet article we’re in for a few returnees from 2012 ; Mattias Andréasson, boy band Youngblood and the finalists Ulrik Munther, Sean Banan, David Lindgren and MF host Sarah Dawn Finer are all said to be in talks for a potential participation. Munther, in fact is said to be working together with the composer of ‘Euphoria’, the winning song of Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest.The man, G:sson, is also responsible for many Swedish entries, including Carola’s ‘Evighet’ (Esc, 2006). Carola is in fact, alongside Helena Paparizou, a former Eurovision winner rumoured to take part, although she only recently revealed she has no more intention to take part in both festivals.
After the odd, but successful collaboration of Sara Li & writer Bjorn Ranelid this year, more unusual collaborations are to be expected. Linda Bengtzing, a Swedish schlager queen and rock star Nicke Borg are said to come up with a rock duet, while Fame Factory participant Sara Löfgren is said to partner up with Patrik Isaksson.
From the 32 spots, only one candidate is certain from taking part, being ‘Svensktoppen nästa’ winner Therese Fredenwall. The following list of artists are also rumoured to be in talks:
”Håkan ”Nordman” Hemlin
Jessica Andersson (ESC ’03)
Martin Rolinski (ex-BWO)
Mimmi Sandén (Junior Eurovision and sister of Molly Sandén)
Cookies N Beans
Lasse Berghagen (as songwriter)
Etzia i samarbete & Kapten Röd
As said, these are just potential artists who are considered to be in talks with the SVT producers. In due time, SVT, the Swedish broadcaster will announce the 32 participants for this years popular event. Melodifestivalen will choose the next representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place this year in Malmo, Sweden after the broadcaster won the contest with ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen. Watch a recap of Melodifestivalen 2012 below: