He’s the three-time Melodifestivalen contestant and one of the 2021 hosts. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has confirmed that Oscar Zia will return as the main host of Melodifestivalen 2022. The dates of Mello 2022 have been confirmed — and SVT says their plan is for the Melodifestivalen to return.
SVT confirmed that Oscar Zia will host Melodifestivalen 2022. The broadcaster broke the news with an Instagram post captioned “Certified Mello Host”, with both that and the image parodying the Canadian rapper Drake’s hot new album Certified Lover Boy.
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While Melodifestivalen 2021 was hosted by Christer Björkman who was joined by different co-hosts in each show, next year Oscar will be the main host. But he says he won’t be hosting alone. The singer explained, “It would be absurd if I was completely alone. I will invite friends and people I do not know who I think will do well. But we are very early in the process so I can not say more.”
Oscar Zia has competed in Melodifestivalen three times before. He debuted in 2013 backing Behrang Miri along with future The Mamas singer Loulou Lamotte on the song “Jalla Dansa Sawa”. The entry was eliminated in the andra chansen round.
In 2014 he returned with his solo effort “Yes We Can”, which placed eighth in the grand final. His final time in the competition was in 2016 when he competed with “Human”. The song won the jury vote but finished second to Frans who swept the televote.
Oscar also has Italian heritage — an apt connection in the year when Eurovision 2022 will be hosted in Italy.
Melodifestivalen dates confirmed
SVT has also confirmed the dates of the six Melodifestivalen news. And it comes with some good news — all going well, the six-city Melodifestivalen tour will return.
After last the edition’s shows were all held in a Stockholm venue, next year SVT plans to take the Melfest show on the road.
However, SVT is clear that the tour will only go ahead if the pandemic allows. Project Manager Annette Brattström explained, “The plan right now is that we will take out the party and meet the audience. Our absolute ambition is for the party to go out into the country again.”
Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-finals are due to kick off in Malmö on 5 February 2022, followed by Göteborg, Linköping and Lidköping. The andra chansen show will be held in Örnsköldsvik on 5 March, and the grand final will return to its usual home at Friends Arena in Stockholm on 12 March.
Oscar Zia was excited for the potential return of the tour, saying, “I look forward to maybe going on tour. Then I look forward to doing different shows, I love Melodifestivalen and long to see the entries.”
Melodifestivalen song submissions close on 17 September. The competing acts are expected to be announced sometime in November.
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