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No Melodifestivalen 2019 return for Magnus Carlsson

Rumours have been swirling ahead of Tuesday’s reveal of the Melodifestivalen 2019 acts. However one name who won’t be returning is Magnus Carlsson who announced the news on Facebook tonight.

Magnus Carlsson ends Melodifestivalen speculation

Earlier today we reported that Petra Marklund of September fame is the latest name to be linked to Melodifestivalen 2019. As well as this there is speculation of returns for the likes of Anna Bergendahl, Margaret and Wiktoria. Among a growing list of over 20 acts reported by Aftonbladet as the press conference for the live reveal of the acts draws closer. Unfortunately one rumoured name who won’t be appearing in the 2019 edition of Sweden’s selection show, Melodifestivalen is Magnus Carlsson.

Now there’s been speculation far and wide for months, so it’s just as good that you hear it directly from me. Yes, it is true that I have been asked to participate in Melodifestivalen 2019. It has then been very interesting to stand on the sidelines and consider how I one day was said to have accepted yes and the next waiting for answers if I have entered. So here it is; it would have been fun to be in and I’m glad I was asked. But, a good while ago, my manager said no to my involvement. The reason is nothing except that I did not feel that any of the songs that were presented to me really worked, either in style, language or for my voice. So… I’m not going to compete in Melodifestivalen 2019. Gut has always been my compass, even this time. But I can promise that there will be many other ways where I’ll see you next year instead, my upcoming Jubileumsturné is just one of them!

Magnus Carlsson on Facebook

Thus this resolute statement ends the months of speculation surrounding Magnus’ possible return. Stay tuned to ESCXTRA across our platforms for the list of all the names due to be revealed in SVT’s live press conference on Tuesday 27th November at 8:30am (GMT)/9:30am (CET).

Magnus Carlsson in Melodifestivalen

With three appearances in Sweden’s illustrious music competition, the former Alcazar member is no stranger to Melodifestivalen. First making his solo breakthrough in 2006 Magnus debuted with ‘Lev Livet!’ Finishing in 8th place in the Final. Magnus then followed this up in 2007 with the retro banger ‘Live Forever’, however this failed to match the lofty heights of his debut and finished only 5th in the Semi-Final. Following almost a decade of chart success and multiple hit albums, Magnus completed the hat-trick of appearances in 2015. Again a throwback to 80s pop beats, ‘Möt mig i Gamla stan’ the Thomas G:son penned track achieved 9th place in the Final.

Would you have liked to see Magnus in Melfest 2019? Which names do you want to see announced on Tuesday? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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