More acts are being rumoured for Melodifestivalen 2022. The next names on the list are Melfest 2010 winner Anna Bergendahl and Mello diva Linda Bengtzing. Also on the list is the new popera duo Tenori. The names come courtesy of Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
2010 winner Anna Bergendahl looking to return
Anna Bergendahl will reportedly be making her fourth appearance in Melodifestivalen. She first made her Mello debut in 2010 and went on to win that year with her song “This Is My Life”. However, the folk-pop tune did not qualify for the Eurovision grand final.
Anna later proved herself the Mello comeback queen. She returned in 2019 with “Ashes to Ashes”, then had “Kingdom Come” the following year. Her 2020 entry placed third in the Melfest grand final and also won the OGAE Second Chance Contest later that year.
Mello veteran Linda Bengtzing set for eighth appearance
Linda Bengtzing is a familiar face on the Melodifestivalen stage and now the diva is set to make her eighth appearance. According to Aftonbladet‘s source, Linda will be singing a Swedish song. They say it is “a real Linda song but which feels like 2022”.
Linda debuted at Melodifestivalen 2005 with the song “Alla flickor”. Her best result was in 2008 with the fifth-placed “Hur svårt kan det va?”. Most recently she competed at Melfest 2020 with “Alla mina sorger” which was eliminated in its semi-final.
New popera duo Tenori will make Melfest debut
Also rumoured for Mello 2022 is the new popera duo Tenori. Little is known about the group, including the identities of the members. But Aftonbladet‘s source has confirmed that Tenori is made up of two male singers “who can really sing”. The duo has been specially put together for Melfest 2022.
The group has been compared to Il Volo, suggesting they will bring a popera sound. However, Aftonbladet‘s source says the duo also has a flavour of 1980s British synth-pop groups like Pet Shop Boys and Erasure. The source has high hopes for Tenori, saying “It would not surprise me at all if they got a place in the grand 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.
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 14 acts for Melodifestivalen 2022. They are Robin Bengtsson, Liamoo, Klara Hammarström, Alvaro Estrella, Angelino, Lance Hedman, John Lundvik, Malou Prytz, Theoz, Cazzi Opeia, Medina, Anna Bergendhal, Linda Bengtzing and Tenori.
The confirmed line-up of Melodifestivalen 2022 is expected to be announced in late November.
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