Axel Schylström on Melfest 2017: "It's a chance for me to reach out to all of Sweden" (2024)

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  • Posted on February 24, 2017February 24, 2017
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He was a promising teenage footballer untila train accident left him with third degree burns on 70% of his body.Following thatlife-changing event, Axel Schylströmturned to musicand worked as a motivational speaker. He came to public attention in 2015 when he appeared onIdol, ultimately finishing in fourth place and putting out his first single “The Champion”.

Now he’s taking on a new challenge:Melodifestivalen 2017. Between last-minute rehearsals for his up tempo track “När ingen ser“, Axel caught up withwiwibloggs to talk about his song and what he does when no one is watching…

Axel Schylström:“När ingen ser” snippet

You were on Idol in 2015. What did that experience mean for you and your career?

A lot. If it weren’t for Idol, I would still have been sitting in my living room with my guitar for fun and doing something else. So I would say it started off my career and helped me get into the business.

You’re singing in Swedish. Does it make it more personal for you when you’re performing?

Exactly. I think lyrics are a big part of music, and I chose to write them in Swedish to make them more personal and real.

Do you think it’s harder for acts singing in Swedish at Melodifestivalen?

Well, looking at statistics it has been harder for Swedish acts lately. But this year I really don’t expect anything. Going to the finals would be a big dream, the Eurovision also, but Melodifestivalen is a chance for me to reach out to all of Sweden with my own song instead of Idolcovers.

You’ve said your song is about what people do when no one’s watching. What do you get up to when nobody’s watching?

I would say I bring my ugliest dance moves and I try my highest notes singing. Also probably talking to myself with weird voices.

How does Melodifestivalen compare to Idol?

It’s something entirely else. Idol is a competition for amateurs looking to become artists. Melodifestivalen is for real artists, and I would say the whole thing is bigger, and it’s harder to impress.

Lastly, can you tell us something about how you will stage the song?

There will be dancers and I too will dance. That’s all I can say.

Axel performs fifth at Deltävling 4 of Melodifestivalen on Saturday night.

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Robert

7 years ago

I like his song but I’m worried he will go through based on sympathy votes. I would like him to go through Andra Chansen.

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Axel Schylström on Melfest 2017: "It's a chance for me to reach out to all of Sweden" (14)

Here comes carlo

7 years ago

His song sounds very nice! A surprise as he is not so well known. But sounds like great bright funk. Rhytmic, feelgood and Cool. Sounds very Swedish. But not in a bad schlager way. More in a stylish funky orup way

Axel Schylström on Melfest 2017: "It's a chance for me to reach out to all of Sweden" (15)

Indonesian ESC Fan

7 years ago

Axel’s dress looks like the one used by Donny Montell in last year’s Eurovision..

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