EDITORIAL – Melodifestivalen is always a pinnacle event in the Eurovision calendar. So the build up to the event is just as important. These are five artists that could very well be in this year’s line up. Below you can have a say on Fred’s wishful list by voting up to three of the artists proposed or another option.
Benjamin Ingrosso: With last year’s 5th place finish, Good Lovin’, Benjamin is riding high from his adult debut last year. He was instantly popular and has released another few singles since then. His last is firstly very appropriately titled “One More Time” is very much in the style of his Mello entry. It’s a summer tinged, Caribbean instrumental with pure pop happiness that would sit well on the Eurovision stage.
Wiktoria: Could this be third time lucky for the country pop diva? After two successive years of placing 4th and 6th in the Melfest final, Wiktoria actually sang and did the voiceover for Disney’s Moana for Sweden. Her latest release is a slow tempo pop number but continues to show off her talent and vocal ability. The contest needs her and hopefully the public and jury final decide to give her that chance.
QUEST: With the announcement of FO&O taking a break as a band, it makes for a new boy band to make their claim for the misplaced attention. QUEST are a very new band to the scene and have just recently released their second single, Color Me Back to Life. They are definitely current and have had some great songwriters behind them. Melfest would a perfect platform to get them a larger audience.
ISA: If selected this would also be ISA’s 3rd entry to Melodifestivalen. She placed 7th in 2015 and didn’t qualify from Andra Chansen in 2016. She has released some great covers and new singles since then. Her latest is “Light On” which is another overlooked commercial friendly pop smash. ISA just needs the right exposure and I think Melfest might be the event for her.
Molly Sandén: Three time participant, Molly, has qualified for the final every single time. Although her best finish has been 5th place. She has a presence on stage and can command an audience. Now engaged to Danny Saucedo, also Melfest royalty, could it be the time she makes a return, potentially with her fiancée? Her latest is a Swedish stomper, Rygg Mott Rygg (Back to Back) which truly shows she knows who she is and what kind of music she should be singing.