Christer Björkman declared that the genre was dead back in 2016. But schlager is set to rise from the grave at Melodifestivalen 2022 — thanks to Linda Bengtzing. The soon to be eight time Melfest contestant promised a return to her old sound in an interview with Sweden’s Aftonbladet.
Linda Bengtzing will bring schlager back to Melodifestivalen 2022
Bengtzing enjoyed much success with her early Mello entries, reaching the final on four occasions in 2006, 2005, 2008 and 2011. However, her three most recent efforts have all crashed out in the semi-finals. Now Linda claims to have rediscovered her her old hit-making recipe. “I think I have a newfound passion for what I do and also a newfound respect for myself and my genre. I have come to the conclusion how much I love my schlager songs and that it is true schlager that I want to do, because it is missed”.
For the upcoming “Fyrfaldigt hurra!”, Linda and her people reached out to a songwriting team led by the prolific Eurovision and Mello songwriter Thomas G:son. She says: “We felt that: “This is how it should sound”. It should feel like it’s Linda Bengtzing, not that it’s Linda Bengtzing looking for a new sound”.
Speaking of her losing songs from 2014, 2016 and 2020, she adds that “When you have worked as much as I have done, you want challenges and then I have thought that it has been a matter of finding another sound. But now I feel that it does not have to be. It can be development in a new text.
Many will contend that schlager never went away. Afterall, the last few years have seen the likes of Jessica Andersson, Lina Hedlund and Charlotte Perrelli all reach the final with modern takes on the genre. We won’t get to hear Bengtzing’s “true schlager” until the semi-finals in the spring. However, fans are already hyped at the prospect of a bop in the vein of “E det fel på mig” or “Alla Flickor”.
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