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John Lundvik reveals he missed out on Melodifestivalen 2017 place to Loreen

The Melfest 2019 winner was due to compete in 2014 and 2017

He might be overjoyed after winning Melodifestivalen last weekend, but John Lundvik has revealed that he was due to compete in the selection in previous years before losing his place twice. This includes 2017, where Loreen was added to the competition at the very last minute.

Missed opportunities

Speaking to Aftonbladet, John spoke about what could’ve been. His place in Melodifestivalen 2017 was taken by Loreen the night before the press conference.

“It wasn’t like I was sitting in the taxi, but not far from it. It was the night before that I got word about it”

Aftonbladet: And was that because Loreen accepted last minute?

“You never know which facts are real, but that’s the version we got”

Everything happens for a reason

John’s first experience of Melodifestivalen was back in 2013, where he was an off-stage backing vocalist for Anton Ewald’s “Begging”. Or, as Aftonbladet puts it, part of the “invisible choir”. The following year, Lundvik wrote “Natural” for the 2014 edition of Melfest. He submitted it himself, but the song was handed over to Anton to perform once again.

“In hindsight I’m happy but then, well, I really wanted to do it by myself. I’m very happy that things went like they did, because these setbacks bought me great success at the end”

John Lundvik on his Melfest 2014 appearance that was not meant to be

Sweden in Eurovision 2019

John Lundvik will represent Sweden with his song “Too Late For Love” after winning this year’s Melodifestivalen. He won both the jury and public vote in the final. This includes receiving the maximum 12 points from all international juries that voted, something that had never been achieved before until now.

Natalie Walpole

ESC fan since 2009, based in the United Kingdom. Also a lover of travel and astrology

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