Back in September Sweden’s SVT revealed that it had received a staggering 2,530 song submissions for Melodifestivalen 2022. And now we know that the 28 lucky acts who emerge from that process will be singing in front of a live audience. The broadcaster has confirmed that it’s bringing back the public for Melodifestivalen in February and March.
Owing to Covid restrictions, the audience was cancelled in 2021 and all of the heats plus the Second Chance round were held in a studio in Stockholm. But with vaccines now in widespread use and the world slowly opening up, SVT feels confident to resume its regularly scheduled fiesta with people cheering along.
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The Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-finals are due to kick off in Malmö on Saturday 5 February followed by weekly shows Göteborg, Linköping and Lidköping. In each semi-final, seven acts will compete for two passes to the grand final and two spots in the andra chansen second chance round.
Andra chansen will take in Örnsköldsvik on 5 March, with eight acts facing off in one-on-one duels for four passes to the final.
However, SVT has been 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.”
Tickets for the live shows go on sale on ticketmaster.se on November 8 at 10:00 Stockholm time.
Elsewhere, SVT has also 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.
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.”
Just look at that live audience celebrating Eric Saade’s win in 2011!