The official press conference that will reveal the artists, titles and songwriters participating in Melodifestivalen 2016 is estimated to take place at the end of November. However, the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has revealed three of the 28 artists that will participate in the Swedish national selection for Eurovision 2016.
A comeback of the runner-up from Melodifestivalen 2014, Ace Wilder, is expected, who was that year’s surprise as she sailed to the final of the contest with her song Busy doin’ nothin’, where she lost to Sanna Nielsen’s Undo by only two points.
Another comeback from the final of Melodiestivalen 2014 is reported to be the 19 year-old Oscar Zia who finished 8th that year with Yes we can. His Melodifestivalen breakthrough took place a year earlier, when he accompanied Behrang Miri’s Jalla dansa sawa that was eliminated in the second chance round.
A newcomer to this year’s contest is, as reported by Aftonbladet, last year’s Swedish Idol winner, Lisa Ajax, who previously took part in Lilla Melodifestivalen 2012 that determined who will represent Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Lately, she came back to the Idol’s stage to perform her new hit Blue eyed girl:
Update 27/10: It has been also revealed that Samir & Viktor who finished 8th in last year’s final with Groupie will participate again in Melodifestivalen 2016 with a song written by Fredrik Kempe.
Update 12/11: Aftonbladet reports today that among the lineup of Melodifestivalen 2016 we should also see Linda Bengtzing, who participated five times in the past, best placing 5th in 2008. She will sing a song written by Robin Stjernberg, Sweden’s representative for Eurovision 2013. Furthermore, Molly Sanden, who represented Sweden in JESC 2006 and participated in Melodifestivalen twice, as well as the rock band Eclipse, will take part in the contest.
Missed the latest news about Sweden? We already know that:
- Gina Dirawi is the hot favorite to host Melodifestivalen 2016
- A total of 2450 entries were submitted for the competition
- The grand final will take place in the Friends Arena of Stockholm on 13 March
- Smajling Swedes are the first officially confirmed act, qualifying from Svensktoppen Nästa
- The ticket sale for the tour will begin on 29 October
- Next year’s contest will feature a brand new logo