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Elisabeth Andreassen, back again. Photo: Leif R Jansson / SCANPIX
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Melodifestivalen debutante, Dilba. Photo: Leif R Jansson/SCANPIX

Old-timers and newcomers in MF 2011

Last week Swedish Tv presented the hosts of next year's Swedish Song Contest. Yesterday they got around to the big business and officially presented half of the competing acts in a press conference here in Stockholm. And it's a mix of old-timers and newcomers, just like usual.

One name that Eurovision fans will recognise is Elisabeth Andreassen. She has actually already won the Eurovision, back in 1985 for Norway with the song "La det svinge" as part of the group Bobbysocks. She was last in the Swedish contest in 2002, and this year will be singing a ballad in Swedish called "Vaken i en dröm".

Another artist making their comeback in the Swedish Song contest next year is Sanna Nielsen, who has now competed in the Melodifestival about a million times. Last time round was in 2008, when she came 2nd, with the song "Empty room". This time, she'll be singing an up-tempo song called "I'm in love", which she says has a killer chorus. 32 songs will compete in the contest, 8 in each of the four qualification rounds, and ten will end up battling it out in the grand final in Globen in March, with the winner representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf in May.

But there are also some newcomers in the line-up, well newcomers to the Melodifestival, but not to the pop charts. Dilba was a huge star in the 90's with her melodic ballads, such as perhaps her biggest hit, "I'm Sorry". But don't expect a ballad from her in February, she has said her song this year is more of a club song, called "Try again". Another newcomer is the group Melody Club. They are currently in the studio recording their fifth album, and are hoping their Tv-performance in the Spring will give another boost to their career. Their song in Melodifestival 2011 is called "The Hunter". Swedish TV will announce the second half of the line up next week.

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