Dotter rehearsal Melodifestivalen 2021 semi-final 2
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist / SVT

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!

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BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 days ago

I don’t know if wiwibloggs will cover this as an update to Melodifestivalen 2022 plan, but I just discovered on another Eurovision news site that the Andra Chansen round has been scrapped for 2022. Instead, it will be another semi final where all the 3rd and 4th places will be organized into two groups and the top two songs from each group will progress to the final, instead of four head-to-head duels.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
8 days ago

more bland music from the swedish pop factory

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
9 days ago

Hope they send something much more interesting than what’s “usual” for them

noone
noone
9 days ago

Ok, thir… I mean fourth time’s the charm! Let’s go Dotter! #Doturin or #Dotterin

Denis
Denis
9 days ago
Reply to  noone

Please stop with Dotter hyping

Last edited 9 days ago by Denis
Alo
Alo
9 days ago
Reply to  noone

I think you can’t compete more than twice in a row.

Last edited 9 days ago by Alo
Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago
Reply to  Alo

Yeah, Dotter and The Mamas can’t go to Turin. It’s also why Anna and Hanna weren’t in MelFest this year. By the way, Doturin is nowhere near as catchy as Dotterdam.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
9 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

It’s not a rule, per se. As in, it’s not in the official rules for Melodifestivalen. I think it’s more that most artists don’t actually want to compete three years in a row. (No one wants to earn a reputation as a perpetual loser!) Dotter has already said that she has no plans to return to Melfest as a performer. 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago
Reply to  noone

Stop trying to make Dottir happen. It’s not going to happen.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
8 days ago
Reply to  noone

the expression is actually about 3rd time

Ugnius
Ugnius
9 days ago

And now it’s time for Melfest rumour season to begin !

Denis
Denis
9 days ago

Well it was pretty obvious that it would be audience since it was announced the tour would come back. You don’t have tour if you won’t have audience..

Samo
Samo
8 days ago
Reply to  Denis

More importantly, Sweden no longer has any restrictions on live events so there’s not reason to not do it.

Rifki
Rifki
9 days ago

I just hope that, in the future, the Melodifestivalen final will be in Tele2 Arena, after having been in Friends Arena for almost ten years. it is far bigger than the Globe Arena, but slightly smaller than Friends Arena. I think it could be a great alternative, and it could be just to make it more “varied” (not stuck in the same place for too long).

Last edited 9 days ago by Rifki
Denis
Denis
9 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Friends Arena is the national arena though so it makes sense that SVT will want to use it. Though I do think they could do like they used to in the past: Every year hold the final in one of the three cities so it changes. One year Stockholm, then next Göteborg, then Malmö and so back and forth..

Jonas
Jonas
9 days ago
Reply to  Denis

The other part of that tradition was that if the Melodifestivalen winner went on to win the Eurovision, next year’s Eurovision would be held in that city – that was nice too.

Rifki
Rifki
9 days ago
Reply to  Denis

the venues of Göteborg and Malmö are slightly too small. you already know how enthusiastic Swedes are for Melodifestivalen, just see how Friends Arena is always in its (near-)full capacity. I’d rather suggest them to switch between Friends and Tele2 every two or three years. that would be somehow better.

Denis
Denis
8 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Malmö Arena was suitable enough to host Esc..
Besides it was just a suggestion. Unlikely they will do so or change from Friends Arena