The Swedish Eurovision selection Melodifestivalen is a staple in the Eurovision bubble, with the announcement of the participants always an exciting time of year. In the lead up to the announcement for next year’s contest, we’ve picked out our dream Melodifestivalen, filled with 28 talented artists. Over four instalments, we will be revealing our Top 28 with the hopes that some of these artists make their return!
At the end of each instalment, there will be a poll for which artist you want to see return to the contest!
Past Participation: 2014, 2016, 2017
Ace Wilder is a familiar name to Melodifestivalen fans, having participated in the contest no less than three times. Her first participation remains her best attempt at the contest, finishing second behind Sanna Nielsen. Her song, ‘Busy Doin’ Nothin’ still remains as one of the most iconic Melodifestivalen songs of recent years.
She returned to the contest in 2016 with ‘Don’t Worry’, which went on to finish in third in the final. The following year, she returned with ‘Wild Child’, which finished seventh in the final.
Past Participation: 2016, 2017
The talented star is not only a singer, but a professional football player! We were first introduced to Boris René back in 2016 with his debut Melodifestivalen entry, ‘Put Your Love On Me’ which went on to finish 10th in the final. He competed the following year as well, this time with ‘Her Kiss’. He qualified to the second chance round, and then won his duel which meant he would compete in the final. Overall, he finished in 8th place.
Past Participation: 2018, 2019
LIAMOO made his Melodifestivalen debut in 2018 with the song ‘Last Breath’. He competed in the second semi-final, where he qualified directly to the final. Overall, LIAMOO finished in 6th place in the final.
He returned in 2019 alongside Hanna Ferm with the song ‘Hold You’. The duo qualified directly to the final, and ultimately finished in third place.
Past Participation: 2019
Oscar Enestad was one of the members of FO&O who participated in Melodifestivalen in 2017. As a soloist, he has competed in the contest just once with the song ‘I Love It’. Unfortunately, he finished in last place in the semi-final. We think it’s time for redemption!
Past Participation: 2009, 2012, 2016
Molly Sandén participated at Junior Eurovision back in 2006, but is yet to take to the Eurovision stage. She first participated in Melodifestivalen in 2009 with the song ‘Så vill stjärnorna’ which qualified for the final, but ultimately finished last.
She returned in 2012 with the song ‘Why Am I Crying’ which qualified to the final, and ultimately finished in 5th place. Her most recent participation at Melodifestivalen was in 2016. Molly performed the song ‘Youniverse’ which once again qualified to the final, and overall finished in 6th.
Past Participation: 2013
Robin Stjernberg has participated in Melodifestivalen just once as an artist (but numerous times as a songwriter), and that was back in 2013. He competed with the song ‘You’ which qualified to the second chance round. He qualified through to the final, and unexpectedly won the final, meaning he would represent Sweden at Eurovision! With so many amazing songs under his belt, we think it’s time for a return, and not just as a songwriter!
Past Participation: 2013, 2014
Although it doesn’t seem likely that we will see Yohio on the Melodifestivalen line-up anytime soon, a girl can still dream. Yohio first participated in 2013 with the song ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. He qualified to the final, eventually finishing in second place.
Yohio returned in 2014 with the song ‘To The End’ which qualified to the final directly. Overall, Yohio finished in 6th place.