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Jon Henrik Fjällgren to return to Melodifestivalen?

As we’re getting closer to SVT’s announcement of the Melodifestivalen 2019 participants, Aftonbladet are doing a mighty job in trying to find out who will take part. The next name they’ve added to the list is two time entrant Jon Henrik Fjällgren.

All about the song

According to Aftonbladet, SVT made their hopes rather clear to Jon Henrik Fjällgren. They were hoping he would once again make an appearance at the Swedish national final for Eurovision. The jojkare however said he would only do so if he would find the perfect song.

It seems he has now found that song. A well known, but so far unnamed, composer has reportedly collaborated with Jon Henrik Fjällgren on his new Melodifestivalen entry. The Colombian-Swedish singer has participated twice before.

A joik to Eurovision?

On his previous two participations, Fjällgren always made it to the final of Sweden’s most beloved television show. His first attempt, “Jag Är Fri (Manne Leam Frijje)” finished in second place in 2015. The only song that kept him away from victory was “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw, who would later go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Despite being one of the favourites upon his return to the Melodifestivalen stage, he didn’t manage to win the show in 2017. Alongside Aninia, he then finished in third with “En Värld Full Av Strider (Eatneme Gusnie Jeenh Dåaroeh)”.

If Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s possible participation would end up with a Melodifestivalen victory, he would not be the first singer of traditional joik music at the Eurovision Song Contest. Back in 1980, Norway introduced us to joik with “Sámiid ædnan” by Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta.

More names to follow

Just this weekend, we reported that Anton Hagman and Jan Malmsjö were set to return to the competition as well. Other rumoured acts include Wiktoria, Nano and Eurovision 1993 entrants Arvingarna. Aftonbladet now seem to have half the names on their list, with eleven acts they’re really certain of.

Who are you hoping to see in Melodifestivalen 2019? Are you happy to see Jon Henrik Fjällgren back? Let us know! Relive Jon Henrik’s 2017 entry, “En Värld Full Av Strider (Eatneme Gusnie Jeenh Dåaroeh) below!”

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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