Melodifestivalen semi-final two preview
This weekend see the second semi-final of Sweden's Melodifestivalen.
Ahead of the show, we've put together a preview of the seven artists taking part. You can also head to the Swedish broadcaster SVT's website to watch a 30 second performance before Sunday morning's show (Australian time).
1. Anton Ewald - 'New Religion'
Anton is almost the complete Melodifestivalen contributor, having been involved in the competition as a lead artist, a dancer, a choreographer and back up singer since 2009. This year sees him return for his third attempt to win Mello after finishing 4th in 2013 and 10th in 2014.
2. Julia Alfrida - 'Rich'
Julia participated in the P4 Nästa competiton held by Sveriges Radio P4. Although she finished 6th, the producers of Melodiffestivalen chose her to be the 'wildcard' for this year's competition. The 25-year-old from Stockholm will need to beat the 'P4 Nästa hoodoo' to progress. No other performer from Nästa has progressed from the semi-finals since their introduction.
3. WAHL feat. SAMI - '90-talet'
With the honour of performing, arguably, Melodifestivalen's 1000th song, Swedish hip-hop artists WAHL and SAMI. Both performers will be making their Mello debuts. Christopher Vahlberg (WAHL) used to be a part of the duo SödraSidan, while Sami Rekik (SAMI) used to be a part of the hip hop duo Medina.
4. Frida Green - 'The Silence'
28-year-old Frida came to prominence after reaching the final of the Swedish version of 'Got Talent' in 2018. She has subsequently released a couple of non-charting singles in Sweden. She will make her Melodifestivalen debut with a song co-written by fan favourite Anna Bergendahl.
5. Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos - 'Rena rama ding dong'
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Ross will be debuting as a duo on the Melodifestivalen stage in 2021. Eva Rydberg participated in Melodifestivalen 1977. Both have had careers spanning decades in their native Sweden encompassing singing, acting, comedy, musical theatre and television.
6. Patrik Jean - 'Tears Run Dry'
The Stockholm born singer has recently released his premiere EP and makes his Mello debut in 2021. Patrik Jean is no stranger to the Melodifestivalen process, having co-written last year's winning entry 'Move' by The Mamas. The 30-year-old has once again teamed up with his successful co-writers for his entry this year.
7. Dotter - 'Little Tot'
Melodifestivalen 2020 runner-up and fan favourite Dotter returns to make her third appearance at Mello. After coming to prominence in 2014, the 33-year-old has carved an impressive musical career in Sweden. Along with her two previous appearances as an artist at the competition, Dotter also co-wrote 'A Million Years' by Mariette (2017) and 'Victorious' by Lena Hedlund (2019).
You can watch the semi-final at 6:00am (AEDT) on Sunday 14 February via SVT Play.