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Sahlene & Linnea Deb turned down for Eesti Laul 2019

The Swedish-born Sahlene earned Estonia their second-best result ever in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, on home soil in Tallinn, with her song Runaway. Since then, she has appeared in the Swedish Melodifestivalen twice but failed to make the final on both occasions. Then, in 2016, she was one of Dami Im’s backing vocalists. Now, Sahlene has revealed that she was turned down for the next Eesti Laul with a song written by Linnea Deb!

Songwriter: Linnea Deb

In an interview with Delfi, Sahlene revealed that she had submitted a song to Eesti Laul 2019. The song was written by none other than Linnea Deb, the writer of the Eurovision 2015 winner, Heroes. She has also wrote several other songs which became Eurovision or Melodifestivalen hits, including:

  • Robin Stjernberg – You
  • Ace Wilder – Busy Doin’ Nothin’
  • Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry
  • Loreen – Statements
  • Margaret – In My Cabana
  • Margaret – Cool Me Down
  • Saara Aalto – Monsters

Linnea also has 4 songs in the running in Melodifestivalen 2019, sung by High15, Mohombi, Nano and Wiktoria – all high-profile Swedish singers!

“I will try my luck again!”

With such a prestigious songwriter, Sahlene is disappointed to have not made it to Eesti Laul 2019, but she isn’t giving up just yet:

In the coming years I will definitely try my luck again!


Would you like to see Sahlene back in Eurovision? Do you think the Eesti Laul organisers may have made a huge mistake?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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