Melodifestivalen or Melfest, Sweden’s spectacular selection process for Eurovision, begins to get into its swing with the unveiling of its 2020 contenders. The four semi-finals will see 28 contenders compete over four Saturdays in February for the honour of representing the Scandinavian nation at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest held in Rotterdam.
We’ve featured the acts we are most excited about below, with the full line-up and running order (courtesy of Eurovision.TV) below.
Malou attempted to find success in 2019’s Melodifestivalen and soared straight through to the finals, but sadly emerged in last place with I Do Me. It makes perfect sense that Malou would re-try for 2020, with the sixteen year old having a little more experience. I Do Me was a certified bop, going top ten in Sweden. Hopefully she’ll find similar success or better with 2020 track Ballerina.
Song: Boys With Emotions
Felix took his 2018 track Every Single Day to Melfest and finished second place in the final. With a #3 album under his belt now and a Top 15 hit with Benjamin Ingrosso, Sandman is hopefully gearing up to do very well in Melfest 2020.
John Lundvik’s backing band from last year, The Mamas, stole the show with their heightening of inspirational pop anthem, Too Late For Love. They are back without John this year and have promised a song that will make the nation get up and dance. We have high hopes for this one.
Song: Take a Chance
Robin, a previous Melfest winner, and 5th place finalist for Eurovison 2017 is ditching his treadmills from I Can’t Go On for a new track, Take a Chance. His previous entry was a delightful crowdpleaser and slickly performed favourite of ours, so we’re keen to see what the handsome singer delivers next year.
Song: Talking In My Sleep
The 27 year old has been releasing music steadily since 2015 – with his most recent singles HURT. and GOOD FOR ME. showing his progressing maturity as an artist. He may have ditched the CAPS LOCK for Talking In My Sleep, but we are nonetheless excited to hear with Rey has submitted.
Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella
Song: Vamos Amigos
Mendez’s Everyday was a major guilty pleasure of Melfest 2018 and he is back with Alvaro Estrella for new song, Vamos Amigos. Hopefully Alvaro will help him catch the notes he missed during his last attempt. If his chorus delivers the bopalisciousness of Everyday, then we will be delighted.
Song: Troubled Waters
Swedish Victor Crone found a boost in publicity when he represented Estonia in the 2019 ESC with Storm. The handsome star was 20th during the ESC, but with a catchier track, could achieve great things at Melfest.
Song: Carpool Karaoke
Nanne is a bit of a legend in her native Sweden and has entered Melfest numerous times as both artist and composer. She enters the 2020 contest singing new track, Carpool Karaoke. We hope this contains no lyrical reference to Corden.
The full draw by draw final allocation is below.
Semi-final 1 – Saturday 1 February – Linköping
- Malou Prtyz – Ballerina
- Felix Sandman – Boys With Emotions
- OVÖ – Inga problem
- The Mamas – Move (John Lundvik’s backing vocalists, Sweden 2019)
- Suzi P – Moves
- Sonja Aldén – Sluta aldrig gå
- Robin Bengtsson (Sweden 2017) – Take A Chance
Semi-final 2 – Saturday 8 February – Göteborg
- Linda Bengtzing – Alla mina sorger
- Dotter – Bulletproof
- Anna Bergendahl (Sweden 2010) – Kingdom Come
- Thorsten Flinck – Miraklernas tid
- Klara Hammarström – Nobody
- Paul Rey – Talking In My Sleep
- Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella – Vamos Amigos
Semi-final 3 – Saturday 15 February – Luleå
- Faith Kakembo – Crying Rivers
- Amanda Aasa – Late
- Albin Johnsén – Livet börjar nu
- Drängarna – Piga & dräng
- Mariette – Shout It Out
- Anis Don Demina – Vem e som oss
- Mohombi – Winners
Semi-final 4 – Saturday 22 February – Malmö
- Hanna Ferm – Brave
- Nanne Grönvall (Den Vilda, Sweden 1996) – Carpool Karaoke
- William Stridh – Molnljus
- Jakob Karlberg – Om du tror att jag saknar dig
- Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface
- Victor Crone (Estonia 2019) – Troubled Waters
- Frida Öhrn – We Are One