For weeks, the Melfest rumour mill has been churning out suspected artists for Melodifestivalen 2022. But now Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT has finally separated fact from fiction by confirming the first 14 acts who have made it to Europe’s glitziest national selection. The line-up includes some of Sweden’s hottest artists, Melfest legends, as well as newcomers. Let’s take a look.
SVT revealed the first 14 artists and their song titles today without the usual press conference presentation. The other 14 acts will be revealed at the same time next Friday. We’ll get to hear the competing songs in the new year.
While Melodifestivalen 2022 is tasked with finding Sweden’s entry for Turin, the show is more than just a Eurovision national final. Melfest is a celebration of Swedish culture, with producers careful to select a wide range of artists and genres that reflect popular Swedish music.
NU KÖR VI! 14 av de totalt 28 tävlande bidragen i Melodifestivalen 2022 släpps nu!! (Städer och startordning är ännu inte klart) Är ni redo?— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) November 26, 2021
De 14 första artisterna är: pic.twitter.com/CtbNisMfZ6
Melodifestivalen 2022 – first 14 competing acts
The semi-final allocations have not been revealed yet. The songs are listed below in alphabetical order based on song title.
Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than the Universe”
Songwriters: Anders Bagge, Jimmy Jansson, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son
Best known as one of the judges on Swedish Idol, Anders makes his Mello debut. Earlier this year he featured on The Masked Singer where he placed fourth.
Liamoo – “Bluffin'”
Songwriters: Jimmy ”Joker” Thörnfeldt, Sami Rekik, Dino Medanhodzic, Ali Jammali
Swedish Idol winner Liam Cacatian Thomassen makes his third appearance at Melodifestivalen. He performed the ballad “Hold You” with Hanna Ferm in 2019, which placed third in the grand final.
Faith Kakembo – “Freedom”
Songwriters: Laurell Barker, Anderz Wrethov, Palle Hammarlund, Faith Kakembo
Faith returns to Mello after her debut in 2020 with “Crying Rivers”. She first got her break in 2019 in the radio song contest P4 Nästa.
Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra!”
Songwriters: Thomas G.son, Linda Bengtzing, Myra Granberg, Daniel Jelldéus
A familiar face at Melfest over the years, Linda is set to make her eighth appearance. Most recently, Linda competed at Mello 2020 and was eliminated in her semi.
Danne Stråhed – ”Hallabaloo
Songwriters: Danne Stråhed, Fredrik Andersson, Erik Stenhammar
Danne was a singer with the beloved dansband Wizex. He has also released solo projects and has performed in revue shows.
Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
Songwriters: Isa Molin, David Zandén, Cornelia Jakobsdotter
Cornelia previously competed at Melodifestivalen 2011 and 2012 as part of the group Love Generation. She now makes her solo debut at Melfest.
Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”
Songwriters: Bishat Araya, Jakob Redtzer, Cazzi Opeia, Paul Rey
Singer-songwiter Cazzi Opeia (Moa Carlebecker) makes her Melodifestivalen debut. She has previously written for international acts, including K-pop superstars BTS.
Samira Manners – “I Want to Be Loved”
Songwriters: Samira Manners, Fredrik Andersson
Newcomver Samira Manners is signed to Cardiac Records, who also represented Frans and Reinada.
Omar Rudberg – “Moving Like That”
Songwriters: Omar Rudberg, Gustav Blomberg, Amanda Kongshaug, Kristin Marie
This is Omar Rudberg’s third time at Melfest, following his appearance with boyband FO&O and solo in 2019. He is also the star of the hit Netflix series Young Royals.
Klara Hammarström – “Run to the Hills”
Songwriters: Jimmy ”Joker” Thörnfeldt, Julie Aagaard, Anderz Wrethov, Klara Hammarström
Klara makes her third appearance in Melfest after she debuted in 2020 with “Nobody”. Klara returned in 2021 with “Beat of Broken Hearts” which placed sixth in the grand final.
Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up”
Songwriters: Isak Gunnarsson, Robin Hanberger Pérez, Noah Deutschmann
Tribe Friday are an indie rock group who have written their own song.
Theoz – “Som du vill”
Songwriters: Tobias Lundgren, Axel Schylström, Tim Larsson, Elize Ryd, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt
Swedish TikTok star Theodor “Theoz” Haraldsson makes his Melodifestivalen debut. As well as having a popular TikTok channel, the young star also focuses on music.
Niello & Lisa Ajax – “Tror du att jag bryr mig”
Songwriters: Yvonne Dahlbom, Niklas ”Niello” Grahn Linroth, Jesper Welander
The Swedish rapper Niello — otherwise known as Niklas Grahn will make his Melfest debut. He is best known for his 2013 single “Legenden”. Lisa Ajax has competed at Melfest three times prior, most recently in 2019 with the song “Torn”.
John Lundvik – “Änglavakt”
Songwriters: Anderz Wrethov, Elin Wrethov, Benjamin Rosenbohm, Fredrik Sonefors, John Lundvik
John Lundvik previously won Melfest 2019 and represented Sweden at Eurovision 2019. This is his third time competing in Mello.
What do you think of the Melodifestivalen 2022 lineup? Which acts are you most excited for? Who do you think will win the ticket to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!