SWEDEN – Speaking to wiwibloggs.com, Christer Björkman he sounded optimistic regarding a potential victory of Sweden in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The man in charge of Melodifestivalen since 2012 has given Sweden nine Top 5 spots and 2 victories.
Regarding Melodifestivalen bids he says: “I’m very happy,” he says of this year’s line-up. “It’s playful, it makes me happy, it makes me laugh even. There are so many expressions, different types of genres — it’s a variety of everything and we have some extraordinary hits actually. Yes, there could be a Eurovision winner inside” he says contemplatively. “We might have one. But you never know.”
Regarding Margaret’s participation he said: “She has established herself as a popular artist in Sweden,” he says. “She’s had one, almost two, radio hits. She’s just an interesting character. I like her way of performing. I think she’s really cool and she has a really good hit. You really need to make that groundwork that she has done,” he says of the Polish star, who went viral on Spotify with her song “Cool Me Down. It’s the same thing with Kampferdrops. You need to be established and have an audience here. It’s not enough to just have been in the Eurovision because that’s sort of connected only to that show. You really need a broader base to get anywhere in Melodifestivalen. You have to establish yourself in the radio market here and then I can look at it.”
In the meantime the issue of Alcazar emerged again and explained this time thoroughly. According to Aftonbladet Alcazar were searching a great song to submit again a song for Melodifestivalen. But we didn’t see them in the final line up for the 2018 edition. Did they submit a song?
The answer is yer. Andreas Lundstedt confirmed that teh band found the song they wanted and submitted it to SVT but ultimately it was rejected although penned by Eurovision 2015 winner composers, Linnéa (now working on Saara Aalto’s Eurovision 2018 entry) and Joy Debb.
Andreas Lundstedt says: “Despite having the best dance song they chose to say no (found out a few days ago),” he wrote. “They may have been scared when they heard the song and realized that we actually had a big chance of winning this time.” Andreas went on to say that SVT “have other plans for who will be next year’s winner.”