About one month remains until the competing acts of Melodifestivalen 2022 are expected to be announced. But until then, we now have the great guessing game that is Melfest rumours season. The first acts reported for 2021 are Melfest 2017 winner Robin Bengtsson and Swedish Idol 2016 winner Liamoo.
The news has come from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Reporter Tobbe Ek works his sources and keeps close track of the speculation each year. Last year, Aftonbladet correctly named 26 of the 28 competing acts before SVT’s official announcement of the roster.
The Melodifestivalen selection expert jury has already selected 14 songs from the 2500 sent into the open submissions. The Melfest team, helmed by producer Karin Gunnarsson is now selecting artists to perform those songs. Another 14 entries will be selected directly through liaising with record companies.
The winner of Melodifestivalen 2017 is said to be making his fourth appearance in the contest. Aftonbladet’s source claims that he will perform a “strong pop song that suits him perfectly”. The source also reckons the song is good enough to make it to the Melfest grand final.
Robin got his start on Swedish Idol in 2008. There he placed third, but had a relatively lowkey music career in the years after. He first competed in Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song “Constellation Prize”, placing fifth.
He returned to Melfest in 2017 and won with his R&B song “I Can’t Go On”. He took the song to Eurovision 2017, where it placed fifth in the grand final.
Robin returned to Melodifestivalen in 2020 with the folk-pop tune “Take a Chance”. The song placed eighth in the grand final.
Swedish Idol winner Liamoo is also said to be returning to Melfest. He is said to have collaborated with several different well-known songwriters in the search for his perfect Mello number.
Liam Cacatian Thomassen competed on Swedish Idol in 2016 and went on to win the series. He made his Melodifestivalen debut in 2018 with the song “Last Breath”. There he made it to the grand final where he finished sixth.
Liamoo returned to Mello in 2019, this time as a duet with fellow Idol alum Hanna Ferm. Their romantic duet “Hold You” was a hit, finishing third in the grand final and reaching No.2 on the Swedish singles chart.
Melodifestivalen 2022: What we know so far
After the 2021 was based in a Stockholm studio with no live audience, the Melodifestivalen tour is set to return in 2022. Semi-finals are due to kick off in Malmö on 5 February 2022, with the grand final due to take place at its usual home at Friends Arena in Stockholm on 12 March.
The shows — which will take place in six cities and towns around Sweden — will also have a live audience. Tickets are due to go on sale on 8 November.
Melfest 2022 will be hosted by Oscar Zia. The three-time Melodifestivalen contestant and one of the 2021 hosts will be the main show host this season, however he will also be joined by other stars, still to be named.
Melodifestivalen 2022 is the first show without Christer Björkman at the helm, after the long-time general retired from Melfest to focus on the American Song Contest. Karin Gunnarsson is now leading the production.
There’s already one change coming to the 2022 show. The andra chansen duels round has been replaced with a semi-final that will have the second chance acts competing in two groups. The top two acts voted in each group will qualify for the grand final.
This year, Melodifestivalen will not include a wildcard act from the P4 Nästa radio song competition.
The confirmed line-up of Melodifestivalen 2022 is expected to be announced in late November.
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