Sweden’s national selection method kicks-off this Saturday. The show will last 6 weeks – 5 Semifinals and a Final. At the four semi-finals, we will see 28 acts but only 12 will make it to the final.
Seven acts will try to win one of the two tickets for the Final. Those who will place third and fourth they’ll have a second chance on March 5, at the 5th Semifinal.
1. LIAMOO – BLUFFIN
LIAMOO was born on 10 September 1997 in Göteborg, Sweden. His full name is Liam Cacatian Thomassen. In 2016, he competed in the twelfth season of Swedish Idol and won it. After his victory, he released his debut album which reached the 6th place on the Swedish charts and was certified Platinum. In 2018, he competed in Melodifestivalen with the song “My Last Breath” and placed 6th. In 2019, he competed again but this time he collaborated with Hanna Ferm. Their song, “Hold You”, placed 3rd!
2. Niello & Lisa Ajax – Tror du att jag bryr mig
Lisa has participated three more times in Melodifestivalen. In 2016, at her debut, she finished 7th in the final and in 2017 9th. In 2020, she tried once again with the song “Torn” and placed 9th.
Niklas Grahn or better known as Niello is a Swedish rapper. His first single was released in 2013 and in 2019 he released his debut album.
3. Samira Manners – I Want To Be Loved
Samira Manners is one of the artists that will debut on this year’s Swedish national final. She is 21 years old and she sings in both English and Swedish.
4. Alvaro Estrella – Suave
Alvaro Estrella was born 14 August 1980, in Stockholm, Sweden. His full name is Alvaro Raul Estrella Zapata and he is of Chilean origin. He debuted in Melodifestivalen in 2014, with the song “Bedroom”. Back then he finished 7th in his semi and therefore didn’t reach the final. He has appeared in the Swedish national final as a dancer in a number of times. Alvaro has also been the backing vocalist and dancer in several Eurovision entries – Sweden 2011, 2017, Russia 2016. In 2020, he participated in Melodifestivalen along with Mendez. The two artists sang “Vamos Amigos” and placed 11th in the final. He took part also this year as a solo artist with the song “Bailá Bailá” and he was placed 10th.
5. Browsing Collection – Face In The Crowd
Browsing Collection will participate for the first time in Mello this year. The band was officially formed in 2008. The band consists of four members Carro Karlsson (drums), Mimi Brander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Moa Lenngren (lead guitar, vocals) and Nora Lenngren (bass, vocals). Today, they have released 2 studio albums and 4 EPs.
6. John Lundvik – Änglavakt
John Lundvik was born on January 27, 1983, in London, England. He was adopted when he was just 1 week old, by Swedish that lived in England. He has never met his biological parents. John lived in England till the age of 6, when he moved with his parents to Växjö, Sweden.
Before he succeeded in the music world, he was a sprinter. In 2005 he won a bronze medal in the Swedish Championship.
His musical breakthrough came in 2010 when he composed a song for the Swedish Royal Wedding. In 2016, he composed and performed the Swedish song for the Olympic Games in Rio. The same year, he also performed a duet alongside with Lill Lindfors (Sweden 1966, ESC presenter 1985) at Allsång På Skansen. All these years, he has written music for many artists including Sanna Nielsen (Sweden 2014). His writing talent doesn’t stop here. He has composed music for the well-known American TV series Empire too.
John debuted in Melodifestivalen – Sweden’s national final – in 2018 with the song “My Turn” and finished third in the final. In 2019, he won the whole event, receiving the most points by all the international juries. His song “Too Late For Love”, is of course co-composed by him. Except for the Swedish entry, John was also one of the composers of that year’s United Kingdom’s entry “Bigger Than Us.” At the contest, John placed 2nd in the jury voting and 5th after all with 334 points.
In 2020, John co-composed the French song for Eurovision, before the contest’s cancellation. The same year, he also won the Swedsih version of ”Let’s Dance”. His first EP, titled “My Turn” was released in 2019.
7. Tone Sekelius – My Way
Tone Sekelius is a trans woman that was born July 16, 1997 in Växjö, Sweden. She is known for his Make-up videos that she posts. In 2017, she released her debut single and this year will participate for the first time in Melodifestivalen.
You can watch the semifinal live from SVT Play at 20:00 CET this Saturday here.
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