Swedish paper Aftonbladet have today revealed an extended list of thirteen names set to appear on the SVT flagship show, Melodifestivalen, in the hope of representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine next year. Adding to their previous list of five; Les Gordon, Elisa Lindstrom, Ida LaFontaine, Lisa Ajax and MTV EMA winners, The Fooo Conspiracy, are some real gems.
Unsurprisingly, the paper suggests Wiktoria is set to return in 2017 after finishing fourth with ‘Save Me’ earlier this year. Wiktoria, who once featured in a band with Anton Ewald, finished second in the public vote on the evening. Reports suggest that although the twenty-year-old is ready to fight again, she’s still waiting to find that perfect song – as is the next name on the list (and another big hitter), Mariette. After finishing third to Mans Zelmerlow and Jon Henrik Fjallgren in 2015, Mariette is a hugely anticipated name that would no doubt be favoured by the Swedish public.
Also on the list, fan favourite and two-time finalist, Ace Wilder. First appearing on stage in 2014 with ‘Busy Doin’ Nothin” and finishing in second place, Ace returned in 2016 with ‘Don’t Worry’, which went down a storm in Friends Arena, Sweden, and across the globe – even being used in the soundtrack of the new Angry Birds movie. Her 2017 is supposedly written by Thomas G:Son for the first time, moving away from the Deb duo she has been used to.
Boris Rene, Elisa Lindstrom and Idol entrant Robin Bengtsson are all supposedly set to return to the contest, alongside newcomers John Lundvik and Ida LaFontaine. John Lundvik appeared at this year’s Allsang Pa Skansen performing his world cup anthem, having previously written for Sanna Nielsen (the new Allsang presenter), Anton Ewald, and Agnes, Lundvik is certainly no newcomer, despite never having previously entered Melodifestivalen as an artist. Ida LaFontaine is also a well sought after name having released a number of chart-topping hits over the past couple of years.
Reports suggest that Tommy Korberg and Dead by April are currently negotiating a deal with Bjorkman to perform together. In 2012, Dead by April finished 7th, while in 2013, Korberg finished in tenth as part of the band Ravaillacz – he also represented the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 and 1988.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, although financial difficulties and multiple resignation attempts may leave the nation unable to continue preparing their hosting of the contest. Kiev last held the contest in 2005.