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Sweden: FO&O’s Oscar Enestad for Melfest 2019?

With the dates for Melodifestivalen 2019 now confirmed, we might also have our second confirmed act. This comes after The Lovers of Valdaro became this year’s selected representative from P4 Nästa 2018 to go forwards to Melfest.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that Oscar will compete with a song devoted to his girlfriend Cecilia Dahlbom. The couple’s relationship has sparked interest in the Swedish press due to their 29-year age gap.

According to Aftonbladet‘s source, the as-yet-untitled song is about the challenges they have faced, including judgement from family. The song is said to include the lyric “I love it, my parents don’t like it”. They added that it is “a very strong song”, so perhaps it will be a contender for the ticket to Tel Aviv?

FO&O at Melodifestivalen

If the rumours are true, this will be Oscar’s second Melfest appearance. He first competed in the 2017 edition as part of boyband FO&O, with their entry “Gotta Thing About You”. The song advanced to the final, via the andra chanson round, eventually placing 11th out of 12.

Oscar would be the second FO&O member to compete in Melfest as a soloist. Fellow band member Felix Sandman made a highly successful solo debut earlier this year with “Every Single Day”. The song finished 2nd behind Benjamin Ingrosso’s “Dance You Off”, but ended up blocking the Melfest 2018 winner from the No.1 spot in the Swedish singles chart.

Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Sweden have recently attracted criticism in fan circles for sending four male solo artist to Eurovision in a row. It is unknown whether the predictability of Sweden’s recent entries had any impact on their poor televote performance in Lisbon. Despite being ranked second overall by the juries with 253 points, the televoters only awarded them 21 points, ranking them 23rdout of 26 entries.

With acclaimed screenwriter and director Edward af Sillén joining the team for Melodifestivalen 2019, could some exciting changes be ahead for the national selection? Or will Oscar be the fifth male soloist to represent Sweden at Eurovision in five years? Only time will tell…

Are you looking forward to Melfest 2019? Do you think Oscar has what it takes to fly the Swedish flag in Tel Aviv? Let us know below! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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