Sweden’s six-week national final is off and running. The first heat of Melodifestivalen 2022 has taken place in Stockholm’s Avicii Arena. Seven acts gave their all on stage, battling it out for two spots direkt till final.
The two artists to book those coveted spots were Cornelia Jakobs and Robin Bengtsson. We will see them at the Friends Arena on 12 March 2022 for the final.
Additionally, two artists will perform again in the semi-final on 5 March. The artists given a second chance are Danne Stråhed and Theoz.
Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat 1 winners
Cornelia Jakobs with “Hold Me Closer”
She says that she found the right one at the wrong time but tonight was her night. Cornelia Jakobs won the first round of voting and was the first artist to book their spot in the Melfest 2022 final. The “Hold Me Closer” songstress was our readers’ favourite to win based on the snippets released during the week.
Robin Bengtsson with “Innocent Love”
Melfest 2017 winner Robin Bengtsson moves into the final yet again, with his captivating performance of “Innocent Love”. The Eurovision veteran created an atmospheric performance and will compete in the final.
Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat 1 results
The voting format of the Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-finals has changed this year. The winner of the first round of voting was Cornelia Jakobs, who booked the first ticket to the final.
A second round of voting followed, which led to Robin Bengtsson also advancing to the final.
Danne Stråhed and Theoz live to fight another day, progressing to Semi-final 5 on 5 March 2022. This replaces the Andra Chansen round but will similarly offer these two acts another opportunity to reach the final.
This meant that Malou Prytz, Shirley Clamp and Omar Rudberg failed to qualify, after dazzling us with some fantastic performances of their own.
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