For Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, 2022 is a year of change. Melfest project manager Anette Brattström has confirmed the changes to the Melodifestivalen voting system. Viewers will now have two opportunities to vote in the heats and the grand final. As well, full voting totals will now be revealed as the results are revealed in each heat.
The new voting system is designed to get viewers more involved in the shows. Anette Brattström told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, “When we see how the viewers vote, they are very involved in the first half of the program. But then all the heartbeat voting is over, so during the rest of the program you can not get involved and influence anymore. Therefore, we will now hand out new heart votes for round two.”
The Melodifestivalen heats will now reveal the voting totals, so the competing acts will know which among them were least popular with the public. When asked if artists might find it uncomfortable to learn who finished last, Brattstrorm said, “No, I actually do not think so. Because what we do is show how much support the artists still received. It has been received positively in previous years, when we have reported that even those who have finished fifth, sixth or seventh received a lot of votes and aroused a great deal of commitment.”
Melodifestivalen 2022 – new voting changes for the heats
During the performances of the Melodifestivalen heats, app users will be able to vote for their favourite performances. They will have five votes per song. After the seven performances, the first qualifier will be announced based on who received the most votes in that first round.
The six remaining acts will then face another round of voting, added to the voting totals from the first round. Viewers will receive another five votes.
Voting from the second round will also be weighted in the age group categories, representing viewers aged 3–9 years, 10–15 years, 16–29 years, 30–44 years, 45–59 years, 60–74 years, 75 and over, as well as those who still vote by phone.
Suspense will be ramped up as the age group votes are revealed. Similar to the Eurovision jury voting presentation, the 12 points from each age group will be presented verbally, while the rest of each age group’s points will be shown on screen.
The new system also means that total scores will be known on the night. In the past, semi-final voting totals have only been revealed to the media days after the grand final.
There will also be no encore performances on the two acts that qualify for the grand final.
The new Melodifestivalen semi-finals replace the andra chansen round
Formerly known as the andra chasen round, the new Melodifestivalen second-chance round is now being called the semi-finals. The third- and fourth-placed acts from each heat will compete for places in the grand final.
The andra chansen duels have been scrapped. Instead the third- and fourth-placed acts from the heats will be divided into two groups, known as semi-final one and semi-final two.
Two acts will qualify from each semi-final. The acts will face just one round of voting, based on the app voting in age categories along with the televote. For time reasons, the voting totals will not be be details in the semi-finals.
Changes to the Melodifestivalen grand final voting
Changes are also coming to the grand final vote. Viewers will again have two rounds of voting. During the performances of the 12 competing finalists, viewers will have five votes per participant. After the international jury reveal how they have votes, viewers will have another five votes per act to use.
The viewer votes will then be revealed split into each age category.
The first heat will be held in Stockholm’s Avicii Arena
While the Melodifestivalen tour won’t be going ahead due to Covid concerns, a new home has been found for the first heat. The contest on 5 February will be held in Stockhom’s Avicii Arena.
This is the hemisphere-shaped venue formerly named Stockholm Globe Arena — familiar to Eurovision fans as the location of Eurovision 2016. Last year the venue was renamed Avicii Arena in honour of the famed Swedish music producer Tim “Avicii” Bergling.
The grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022 will still be held in the traditional location of Friends Arena. Locations for the four other Melfest 2022 shows have not been confirmed yet.
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