SVT have officially announced the 28 acts competing at Melodifestivalen 2018: the Swedish national selection for Eurovision. The list includes some familiar Melfest returnees as well as many newcomers.
During the press conference each artist was revealed along with their song title. Our Gil Laufer was there at the SVT press conference to speak to some of them. We won’t hear the songs themselves until the show’s rehearsals in February.
Karlstad – February 3rd
Renaida – All The Feels
Songwriters: Laurell Barker, Jon Hällgren, Peter Barringer, Lukas Hällgren
Renaida competed in Swedish Idol 2016 and is currently playing the part of Jasmine in the musical ‘Äventyret Aladdin’. She will sing ‘an uptempo song with lots of energy and a good show’.
Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
Songwriters: Benjamin Ingrosso, MAG, Louis Schoorl, K Nita
Benjamin returns to Melodifestivalen after last time’s song Good Lovin’. Lyric wise the song is a sequel to Good Lovin’, but the production is darker and a mix of Daft Punk and Julio Iglesias.
Edward Blom – Livet På En Pinne
Songwriters: Edward Blom, Thomas G:son, Stefan Brunzell, Kent Olsson
Edward is a gastronomic and cultural historian who has made many TV and radio appearances. His Christmas 2016 song Nu lagar vi julen was successful on Spotify, peaking at 9th worldwide.
John Lundvik – My Turn
Songwriters: Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander
John is a Swedish/British singer/songwriter who wrote Anton Ewald’s Melodifestivalen 2014 entry Natural. The song is about John’s journey in the music industry as it is finally his turn. The song is a ballad – we can expect the performance to be intimate and touching.
Kikki Danielsson – Osby Tennessee
Songwriters: Sulo Karlsson, Kikki Danielsson
Kikki celebrates her 10th participation and 40th anniversary in Melodifestivalen this year. She finished 8th in Eurovision 1982 (as part of Chips) and 3rd in 1985. This is not a schlager song as she sang and released only country music in English in the last three years.
Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
Songwriters: Andrej Kamnik, Josefin Glenmark, Peg Parnevik & Sigrid Bernson
Sigrid is a professional dancer, participating in Let’s Dance four times and won twice – one of the times partnered with Benjamin Ingrosso. She released her first song, This Summer, earlier this year.
Kamferdrops – Solen lever kvar hos dig
Songwriters: Herbert Trus, Danne Attlerud, Martin Klaman, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke, Erik Smaaland, Kamferdrops
Kamferdrops is the stage name of Heidi Musum from Norway, known for cover versions of Swedish songs. She describes the song as a tropical mid-tempo dance song, featuring lots of pink and glitter on stage. “I hope something weird is going to happen”
Göteborg – February 10th
Ida Redig – Allting Som Vi Ta
Songwriters: Yvonne Dahlbom, Jesper Welander, Ida Redig
Ida is a self-made artist – able to produce, mix and record. She works with commercial film TV. She has released three albums so far and has played often on Swedish youth radio station ‘P3’. The song is described as ‘a really really good Swedish pop song’ that
‘makes you wanna dance, clap your hands and be happy’.
Jonas Gardell – Det finns en väg
Songwriters: Calle Kindbom, Jonas Gardell, Mats Tärnfors
Jonas is a comedian, TV host and scriptwriter. He contributed previously to Melodifestivalen as an interval act and host.
Margaret – In My Cabana
Songwriters: Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Arash Labaf, Robert Uhlman
Margaret finished 2nd in Poland’s 2016 national selection with Cool Me Down, which went on to be a big hit in Sweden. She says her main focus is having fun, being a part of the show, and put smiles on other faces. She describes her entry as a laid-back sexy pop song.
LIAMOO – Last Breath
Songwriters: Liam Cacatian Thomassen, Morten Thorhauge, Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing
Liam “LIAMOO” Cacatian is a rapper/singer from Gothenburg. He was the winner of Swedish Idol 2016 and has released four singles so far. The entry is described as a mid-tempo personal song about not taking stuff for granted.
Samir & Viktor – Shuffla
Songwriters: Andreas ”Stone” Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Costa Leon, Samir Badran, Viktor Frisk
Shuffla means to shuffle and the focus this year is to make sure that everyone in Sweden will dance. They say they would prefer going to the final via Andra Chansen so the song will be released as soon a possible. “The Swedish nation is not ready for this!”
Mimi Werner – Songburning
Songwriters: Göran Werner, Mimi Werner, Niki Niki, Carl Varga, Johan Åsgärde, Oliver Lundström
Mimi returns to Melodifestivalen after 2016 entry Ain’t No Good. Mimi is releasing an EP called Home by Christmas. The song is in the same country uptempo genre of her previous entry. It’s not so similar but it feels better this time. She says she will probably be alone on stage.
Stiko Per Larsson – Titta Vi Flyger
Stiko got a place in Melodifestivalen after winning P4 Nästa (Previously Svensktoppen Nästa) It’s a cheerful uptempo song about not giving up. The difference from other wildcards is that Per has released five albums and touring for ten years. He hopes that his fanbase will help him to be the best wildcard going into Melodifestivalen.
Malmö – February 17th
Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby
Songwriters: Josefin Glenmark, Märta Grauers
Martin is a musician, artist and songwriter from Lindesberg. He was the winner of Swedish Idol 2015 and has previously released two albums.
Dotter – Cry
Songwriters: Linnea Deb, Thomas G:son, Peter Boström, Dotter
Johanna Maria Jansson performs under the name Dotter and has songwriting credit for Mariette’s Melodifestivalen 2017 entry A Million Years. She has released five singles so far, including a recent release of Rebellion.
Moncho – Cuba Libre
Songwriters: Jimmy Jansson, David Strääf, Markus Videsäter, Axel Schylström, Moncho
Moncho is part of a hip-hop group named LöstFolk. Universal Music contacted him and suggested to take an idea forward to Melodifestivalen. The entry is described as a good vibe party uptempo song.
Mendez – Everyday
Songwriters: Leopoldo Mendez, Jimmy Jansson, Palle Hammarlund
Mendez was a runner up in the local elections of his town Valparaíso in Chile in 2016. He was mostly popular during the early 2000’s with his Chilean Spanish/English mix songs. The song is an explosion of Latin flavours as in his previous participation but this time it is mixed with European tunes.
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min Dröm
Songwriters: Thomas G:son, Alexzandra Wickman
Kalle is a host of various TV shows including Moraeus med mera and Så ska det låta. Orsa spelmän is a Swedish folk music band which includes Kalle Moreaus himself.
Jessica Andersson – Party Voice
Songwriters: Fredrik Kempe, David Kruger, Nicklas Carsson Mattsson, Jessica Andersson
Jessica finished 5th in Eurovision 2003 as part of the group Fame. She has participated in Melodifetsivalen many times, most recently with Can’t Hurt Me Now in 2015. The song is described as uptempo modern pop-schlager and she thinks it can go all the way.
Barbi Escobar – Stark
Songwriters: Barbi Escobar, Costa Leon, Andreas ”Stone” Johansson
Barbi’s song is described as a personal song about being a fighter, wrote by Barbi herself after her father passed away. It’s an uptempo pop song with R&B influences, with melancholic verses.
Örnsköldsvik – February 24th
Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain
Songwriters: Bobby Ljunggren, Kristian Lagerström, Henrik Wikström, Joy Deb
Felicia entered Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song Make Me No 1. The entry peaked at 9th place in Sweden’s hit list Svensktoppen. The song for 2018 is different than her previous entry, more pop-R&B with a different tempo.
Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
Songwriters: Noah Conrad, Tony Ferrari, Parker James, Jake Torry, Felix Sandman
Felix was previously a member of FO&O with which he participated in Melodifestivalen 2017. The song was written in LA with a personal vibe and view. Felix says the lyrics are the most important thing about it.
Mariette – For You
Songwriter: Jörgen Elofsson
The songwriter wrote Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 entry Dying To Try as well as songs for Britney Spears, Steps and Boyzone. Mariette didn’t plan on participating this year, but she believes she has the right song to win the contest. It will be a mid-uptempo energetic song with beautiful melodies and a nice hook.
Rolandz – Fuldans
Songwriters: Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Robert Gustafsson, Regina Hedman
Rolandz is a band established in 2008, started for the TV show Dansbandskampen and who then went on to tour afterwards. They have already released four albums. Their entry will be an uptempo catchy song.
Emmi Christensson – Icarus
Songwriters: Thomas G:son, Christian Schneider, Andreas Hedlund, Sara Biglert
Emma is a Swedish singer and actress. She has played main roles in musicals such as Mamma Mia, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera.
Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
Songwriters: Anderz Wrethov, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah, Sami Rekik
Elias will be 2018’s youngest participant, having not long turned 16 by the time of the contest. He released his first single Min Queen earlier this year. The entry is a pop-dance song with good vibes.
Olivia – Never Learn
Songwriters: Anton Ewald, Jonas Wallin, Trond Smeplass
Olivia is 19 years old and from Gothenburg. As well the music she studying as a physiotherapist. Her entry is described as a drop-the-house song about a bad relationship.