Swedish hip-hip duo Medina is set to reunite after a three-year hiatus — and will reportedly make Melodifestivalen 2022 their first big gig. Aftonbladet report that the duo is ready for Mello — making them one of the biggest names on the 2022 roster.

Medina ready for Melodifestivalen 2022

Medina is a hip-hop group made up of Sami “Sam-E” Daniel Rekik and Ali “Alibi” Jammali. The group formed in 2003 before going on hiatus in 2018. But in their peak years, they had a number of Swedish hits including the double platinum single “Där palmerna bor” and No.2 hit “Miss Decibel”.

They last released new music in 2015 but now it appears they are set for a comeback.

The group recently shared a video on their Instagram account, looking at their career so far. The video starts in 2003 and ends with a graphic reading “2022”.

 
 
 
 
 
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And it appears that Medina’s big comeback will involve Melodifestivalen 2022. Aftonbladet reports that the duo will be part of the contest. A source was enthusiastic, telling the newspaper, “It’s a great song, a real hit.”

While this will be the first time Medina will compete at Mello, group member Sam-E will be making his return. Earlier this year he teamed up with singer WAHL with the song “90-talet” (“The ’90s”). The song was eliminated in its semi-final.

Melodifestivalen 2022: What we know so far

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.

According to Aftonbladet, we already know six acts for Melodifestivalen 2022. They are Robin Bengtsson, LiamooKlara Hammarström, Alvaro Estrella, Angelino, Lance Hedman, John Lundvik, Malou Prytz, Theoz, Cazzi Opeia and Medina.

The confirmed line-up of Melodifestivalen 2022 is expected to be announced in late November.

What do you think? Which other artists would you like to see competing in Melfest 2022? Who should Sweden send to Turin? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Sabrina
Sabrina
22 days ago

It’s a good choice to add diversity to the line-up. I’m not even a big fan of hip-hop but national selections should include the genre more often, given how popular it is. This year, for example, Italy had “Mai dire mai” and Estonia had “Wingman” and both were good entries.

Erik
Erik
22 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It’s really not hiphop. Rap, yes. But not hiphop

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
22 days ago
Reply to  Erik

I’ve never understood the difference between rap and hip-hop. They seem similar to me. Can anyone explain please?

Sabrina
Sabrina
22 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I understand that hip-hop is more than a music genre, it’s a whole culture (DJing and grafitti being part of it). But I never know what name to use and I would also love to read an explanation on that.

Last edited 22 days ago by Sabrina
Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Rap is only a way to sing, like how animation is a way to make a film. Rap is not hip-hop. Hip-hop is a genre that uses rap. But rap is used in other genres, like grime.

Last edited 22 days ago by Denis
Sabrina
Sabrina
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

So what I got by your explanation and some other things I read online is that rap is an element of the hip-hop movement that became so popular that now is also used in pop music. So Medina would be rap like Erik mentioned because it uses this singing style in a more commercial fashion, while a rap song that carries the roots of the movement would be called hip-hop. I’m on the right direction?

Jonas
Jonas
21 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Urban Dictionary kinda explain it well, if you haven’t tried there already.

Sabrina
Sabrina
21 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Thank you, it helped. 🙂 I’ve read the “Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live live” on a different place and I believe it’s a good definition. But it’s also very true that the definiton for them can change depending on the source. In the end, I guess calling it “rap” would lead to less confusion, so my bad on the original comment.

Denis
Denis
21 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Medina is more pop than hip-hop. It has rap but uses a more cheerful pop dance sound as a base raher than hip-hop beats

Roodi
Roodi
23 days ago

Yes we need more hip-hop at ESC

Erik
Erik
23 days ago

The made pop music with rap. Themselves they said they had created their own genre. They made music that just stayed on the charts forever. So I hope it’s not near last years 80-talet. (And I don’t think so)

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
23 days ago

It’s weird how year after year almost every act succesfully leaks out. Does svt do it on purpose?

Erik
Erik
23 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yes. It’s been fully explained in an article how it works. Basically the last and final decisions are made in a conference room in a large public place like a hotel, where the journalists can be just outside.

Diana
Diana
23 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

No but people can’t shut up. The artists and their team are forbidden to announce anything until the artist representation or else they will get disqualified so either a family member or their record label spills the tea, It goes around quite quickly in Stockholm at least.

Pancake
Pancake
23 days ago

I know this is a far cry from this article but I hope LEON, Smith & Thell, John Martin, Rebecca and Fiona, Lykki Li, Elliphant, Seinaboi Sey, SHY Martin, Icona Pop, AronChupa and of course Molly Sanden would be in MelFest

Last edited 23 days ago by Pancake
Erasmus
Erasmus
23 days ago
Reply to  Pancake

out of these, I think Smith&Thell are the most likely… they even follow Melfest on their IG.

the
the
23 days ago
Reply to  Pancake

molly sanden sadly wont compete this year

Emma
Emma
22 days ago
Reply to  Pancake

Many well established artists would never go to Melodifestivalen…it is under their dignity.
The ones that actually goes are the ones that might had a one hit wonder years back, people who have been in Melodifestivalen before several times, old contestants from shows like Talent or Idol or new artists that wants to make a name for themselves.

Last edited 22 days ago by Emma
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
22 days ago
Reply to  Emma

So melfest is for newcomers and veterans but not for singers in their prime?

Esc addict
Esc addict
23 days ago

I loved Sami’s song in Melfest this year, it was my favourite in the semi-final, and my favourite overall I think, so I’m happy and hyped for this, it’s again a returning artist but with different circumstances and not a returning winner so it’s ok and it will bring something different in the melfest line up. Can we trust totally in Aftonbladet opinions about the songs because for them everybody has a big hit or a very good song? I hope it’s right for this year but I’m not sure seeing some of their opinions about some songs these last… Read more »

Last edited 23 days ago by Esc addict
"Music first"
"Music first"
23 days ago

A nice change from the generic mainstream pop which usually dominates MF. Will be interesting 🙂

Erasmus
Erasmus
23 days ago

So far I’m most excited for Lancelot. His debut song is so good, you need to listen to it!
It’s not generic, it’s a bit rocky and nostalgic + in Swedish. He’s also good-looking so I’m feeling very positive about him.

Lancelot – Fördärvad (Audio) – YouTube

Denis
Denis
23 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

He wont sing in Swedish though…

Erasmus
Erasmus
23 days ago
Reply to  Denis

how do u know? I mean even if he doesn’t his songs are great no matter the language.

Denis
Denis
23 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

He sings in English, the song I believe will be in the genre he is most known for: dance music.

Erasmus
Erasmus
23 days ago
Reply to  Denis

That would make zero sense haha…
He was previously in a duet with Linton (they did dance music) and now he works on his own music, which is very different to what he did before. So why would he go back to dance music if he is trying to establish himself as a solo artist?

But yeah he may sing in English but definitely not a dance song.

Last edited 23 days ago by Erasmus
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Well, let’s wait and see when Melfest gets underway. Eventually they’re going to have a list of the artists and their songs, but the songs are not going to be released until the day of the semi finals.

Last edited 23 days ago by BadWoolfGirl
L'oiseau
L'oiseau
23 days ago

If that turns out to be true, congrats to the Melfest organizers for daring to propose something different. Good luck

Erik
Erik
22 days ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

What is different?

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
19 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Generic mainstream pop