Ahead of his Melodifestivalen participation, Angus interviews Lancelot, one of the seven acts competing in the third heat of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. He is participating with the song “Lyckligt Slut” (Happy End).
We’ll start by breaking the ice, by just asking what’s a fun fact about yourself that not many people know about you?
I love guitars and want to buy a new one every month or so. I can sit all day long and just play.
This is your first time performing in Melodifestivalen – which has an extremely rich history in Sweden. What inspired you to take part this year?
This is actually my third time ever performing live so I´m super excited. My friend and songwriter Niklas Carson Mattson and I wrote the song “Lyckligt slut” and decided to send it to Melodifestivalen and we actually forgot about it until they reached out and said that the song had been chosen.
You wrote your Melodifestivalen entry “Lyckligt slut”, what was the inspiration behind the song?
The song it´s about not wanting good stuff and happy feelings to end. I often feel like when I´m in a good place I can´t enjoy it a hundred percent because I know there will be an end to it and I will feel empty when it´s over. I will probably feel like that on Sunday when the rehearsals and the show is over.
The winner of Melodifestivalen gets to represent Sweden at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. What would it mean to you if you got the chance to perform on the world’s biggest music stage?
That would probably be my fifth time then performing live, and off course that would be amazing! But the main thing for me is just to play my music and write my songs and hopefully people will like it, regardless how many they are in the audience.
Every year Melodifestivalen manages to attract new viewers. If come Saturday, viewers are interested in “Lyckligt slut”, and would like to listen to the other music you have released, where would you suggest they begin?
I have already released two tracks ”Fördärvad” and ”Desdemona” and they really represent me and which kind of music I want to do right now, and during the year it will be more releases off course, I have a lot of new songs just waiting to be released.
The third round of Melodifestivalen will be held on February 19, with a round every Saturday after that. The final will be on March 12. Lancelot is second in the running order. You can find the rest of the running order here and how the voting works this year here. The third round will be held in the Avicii Arena in Stockholm.
Lance Hedman Graaf makes music under the name Lancelot. He is the son of singer Magdalena Graaf and footballer Magnus Hedman. He is also the nephew of former Mello contestant Hannah Graaf Karyd. Lance has previously competed on the tv show Let’s Dance and has also participated in reality tv shows. Lancelot started releasing music as part of the duo Lance & Linton. His first solo release was “Fördärvad” in October last year.
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since their debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2021, Sweden was represented by Tusse, who won the 60th edition of Melodifestivalen and competed with the song “Voices”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 14th with 109 points from the jury and televoters.
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