John Lundvik has revealed that he was due to compete in Melodifestivalen in 2017, but lost out on his place in the show at the last minute.
Speaking to Aftonbladet John Lundvik revealed that he had been due to compete in Melodifestivalen 2017, but lost his slot in the show at the last moment. Aftonbladet reports that the singer who took the spot in the competition in 2017 was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, Loreen. Loreen was a last minute addition to the competition reportedly only agreeing to take part in the contest the night before the press conference. He commented that:
You never know what is the real facts with that, but it is the version we have received.
John Lundvik made his first Melodifestivalen appearance in 2013 as an off stage vocalist for Anton Ewald. The following year John decided to submit the song “Natural” in to the competition, however at the time it was decided that Anton Ewald would again perform the song. John explained that at the time he was dissapointed, but he isn’t anymore.
John Lundvik will represent Sweden with the song “Too Late For Love”. He topped both the jury voting and the public vote. In the final of Melodifestivalen 2019 he managed to score 12 points from all of the international juries, a feat that hadn’t been achieved before.
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.