In two days the big Melodifestivalen machine will be on its way again, with the call for songs for the 2015 edition. Composers will have two weeks to send in their own compositions. Between the thousands received, one will be the Swedish entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
In the meantime, let’s have a look at what the past Melodifestivalen stars had been up to.
Linus Svenning – Dansa Sakta
Linus has made quite an impact on the Swedish audience: he became famous thanks to his acoustic cover songs on his YouTube channel, before being picked for this year’s Melodifestivalen. With his song, Bröder, he qualified for the final through Andra Chansen, beating Martin Stenmarck in the last duel. Now Linus is back with a new single: Dansa Sakta (Dance slowly), a piano ballad that follows the steps of his previous singles.
Martin Stenmarck – Glas, betong och cement
As said before, Martin almost qualified for the final before being beaten by Linus Svenning in the last duel. Martin, though, is already a big star in Sweden and has represented his country in Eurovision 2005. He has now released Glas, betong och cement (Glass, concrete and cement) the second follow up single to his participation in Melodifestivalen (with the first being Sommarbarn) and it feels like the natural progression after När änglarna går hem: an upbeat synthpop song about living the life at the fullest.
Josef Johansson – Blickar kan mörda
Another debuting artist from this year Melodifestivalen, who unfortunately didn’t even make it to Andra Chansen: Josef Johansson, that came second to last in the fourth semifinal. Blickar kan mörda (Looks can kill) is fresh, even though feels less epic and stageable than his Melodifestivalen entry. The song, though, sounds amazing and perfectly comfortable for Josef’s voice.
Molly Sandén – Freak
Molly could be described as the Swedish sweetheart almost gone bad. After being the Swedish artist for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, she toured around Sweden with the Diggiloo tour, sang for Disney and participated in the 2009 edition of Melodifestivalen with the teenage song ballad Så vill stjärnorna. But things for Molly have changed: after a break up with Eric Saade, the 2011 Swedish entrant, she got back into Melodifestivalen to sing about this personal matter that exposed her a lot in the papers. And now she’s back with a new single about all of her fears and insecurities, caused by the people around her. The video for Freak caused also quite a stir, as she appears naked in a few scenes.
Would you like to see these artists back in Melodifestivalen 2015?