It's over sixth months until Melodifestivalen 2009 begins. But already now the speculations have began in Sweden about who is going to participate in the popular competition to representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. Among the names we find Lena Philipsson, Måns Zelmerlöw and Timbuktu.
Melodifestivalen 2008 had many famous names like Carola, Sanna Nielsen and winner Charlotte Perrelli. The work for Melodifestivalen 2009 has already begun.
According to Swedish tabloid, Expressen, former winner Lena Philipsson has been approached to compete again. Last year the participation coincided with the show Lena + Orup in Gothenburg. Lena has been in Melodifestivalen four times, Kärleken är evig 1986, Dansa i neon 1987, Om igen 1988 and Det gör ont/It hurts 2004. She also been hostessof the tv-show 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Other names in talks are Måns Zelmerlöw, Timbuktu, Nordman, Björn Skifs, Peter Jöback and Veronica Maggio.
-There are interesting names on the list. I have contacted record companies and asked them to think who they want to have in Melodifestivalen. But I have not spokento anyspecific artists, I will wait for the 28 songstochoosen "says Christer Björkman.
Lena Philipsson – Det gör ont (EuroPride 2008)
Lena Philipsson – It Hurts (Eurovison Song Contest 2004)