Melodifestivalen

We’re halfway through the Melodifestivalen heats. This Saturday, seven more acts will perform their songs in Heat Three of Mello 2022, and today you can listen to one-minute snippets of all the songs.

Seven acts are set to take to the Avicii Arena stage. Two of them will earn tickets direkt till final, while another two will be sent to the revamped second-chance semi-finals.

As always, the full songs of each competitor are kept under lock and key until the actual performances. Take a listen to each of them below. Then scroll down to let us know which song has caught your attention by voting in our poll.

Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat three snippets

Click on the song titles to listen to the snippets

Poll: Who should win heat three of Melodifestivalen 2022?

You can vote for as many of the songs as you would like. But as always, you can only vote once – so make it count!

Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat 3 first reactions

Yesterday, wiwiblogger Robyn had the chance to listen to the full songs for the first time. Keep in mind that media listening sessions involve the studio versions of the competing songs being played over a video call. This is not the same as the experience of seeing the song performed live. These were her thoughts:

Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”

“I Can’t Get Enough” is the brightest and poppiest number of the week and it’s one of my big favourites. The song comes with a string orchestra and builds up to a fairly mighty synth-pop chorus. Cazzi has a great pop voice and it seems a given that she’ll bring a quirky style to the Mello stage. It’s a really catchy pop number and a perfect song to start the show with.

Lancelot – “Lyckligt slut” (“Happy ending”)

“Lyckligt slut” is a simple folk-pop ballad with simple acoustic guitar and Lancelot’s voice is very pleasant. The lyrics are about the bittersweet feeling of wanting a relationship to end while it feels completely perfect, so that there are no bad memories, only a happy ending. The problem is, the song is a little too laidback, a bit easy listening. It’s too easy to lose attention. Lancelot could over come with if he can bring a captivating live performance. P.S. It’s pronounced “sloot”.

Lisa Miskovsky – “Best to Come”

Weirdly, this reminds me of the style of Christian pop that was really big in the ’80s! “Best to Come” is a bold self-empowerment anthem, that never gives up with its mission to motivate. There’s even an obnoxious key change which actually works really well, as it adds to the song’s intense energy. In theory, I wouldn’t really enjoy a song like this, but in the audio version at least it is impossible to dislike its relentless cheer. Lisa’s vocals are on point and she’s sure to deliver on Saturday.

Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up”

Tribe Friday gets its influences from the UK, with shades of ’90s Britpop and the ’00s garage rock revival. “Shut Me Up” is a super cool pop-rock jam, and builds to a really enjoyable chorus. I want to say this is the best band entry in Melfest 2022 so far. The song gets a little repetitive near the end, up the energy holds. Tribe Friday seem like the sort of band who will deliver with their live performance.

Faith Kakembo – “Freedom”

Faith has this week’s best vocals. Her voice is strong and clear and I even want to say there are hints of Adele (but better?). “Freedom” is a fairly bog-standard uplifting Eurovision ballad. There are no surprises, which puts the burden on Faith to make it interesting. It feels a bit boring near the end, but there is potential for that to be overcome with a captivating live performance.

Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra!” (“Fourfold hurray!”)

The song is an upbeat number, sung almost entirely in Swedish. (See above for the one English line — which would never be allowed at Eurovision!) The Swedish lyrics mean if will have limited international appeal, but as the song is all about bursting through and proudly doing your own thing, I don’t think that matters at all. Hey, it’s Linda Bengtzing — that should be reward enough!

Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than the Universe”

Anders is well known in Sweden, both as a judge of Idol and for his recent stint as the popular Sea Bear on The Masked Singer. Making the most of that momentum, he has the uplifting “Bigger Than the Universe”. (Yes, there are a lot of uplifting songs this week!) Anders has a tone to his voice like the Olsen Brothers, and he brings a similar cosy vibe, like a nice uncle. The song doesn’t do anything amazing, but it’s a perfect choice to close the show.

What do you think? Which songs are you looking forward to hearing? What do you think this week’s results will be? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Lolek
Lolek
11 months ago

Hm, I was hoping for a little bit more from the 30 second preview clips on the SVT site.

Elis
11 months ago

Knowing Sweden (I am a swede), I can tell you that it’s pretty much certain that Anders goes DTF and Lancelot will most likely qualify DTF aswell. For the Semifinal it’s most likely going to be Cazzi and Faith I believe, this just because of the reasons that basically no one in Sweden has ever heard of them before.

Sophia
Sophia
11 months ago

None of these do anything for me, sorry. For me only Cornelia is a winner, maybe Liamoo

Sophia
Sophia
11 months ago
Reply to  Sophia

Also, I wrote this before scrolling through the comments, and it looks like I’m not alone. Hopefully Sweden votes correctly in the final

Last edited 11 months ago by Sophia
ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago

Yesterday this SF looked like the best one but all entries are underwhelming. What a letdown! 🙁

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
11 months ago

I do not really wish to hear these songs again… Perhaps with the exception of Cazzi. Really disappointed with the quality of Mello this year.

Last edited 11 months ago by Ulla Rajala
Carlos
Carlos
11 months ago

Cornelia or LIAMOO have to win Melfest, I don’t want to se a former winner to win again.

Carlos
Carlos
11 months ago

I hope that Cornelia and LIAMOO will win, I just hope that Sweden will send a new singer that hasn’t win before.

sam
sam
11 months ago

i actually love cazzi opeia’s entry! i think she could be a rival to cornelia

Ady
Ady
11 months ago
Reply to  sam

Vote for her please

putrages
putrages
11 months ago

Just my personal opinion.. but this Mello reminds me SO much of 2018 Mello so far. Many songs that are meh, and a few that are basically hand picked to do extremely well or basically win the whole thing (Cornelia / Liamoo this year so far like Benjamin / Felix).

Definitely not comparing the songs to their genres but more so the amount of low impact entries to high impact entries. Idk if I’m making sense but yeah just my opinion ?

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  putrages

Melo 2018 was stronger tho

Eurofan
Eurofan
11 months ago

I’m all for Swedish music. However I must confess that this contest seems to go on for ever. The frustrating thing now is that all this air time still comes up with a bland, by the numbers dirge. At least the UK only takes one show and now none to come up with complete trash.

2022
11 months ago

Anders Bagge 10/10

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
11 months ago

I know we only have snippets so far, but what an insane weak 3rd semi final we have here.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
11 months ago

I feel like people are too quick to write Faith Kakembo off. The song obviously has a slow build up and the first chorus is not complete.
For me it’s:
DTF
Faith Kakembo
Lancelot

AC/D5
Cazzi Opeia
Lisa Miskovsky

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago

She do not need nobody but herself 😀

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago

Ok this is the weakest heat so far. Lets say winner is not coming from here …

DTF – Cazzi, Faith
ACH – Lancelot, Anders

Do not understand buss about Anders – Lisa Ajax, Samira, Browsing, Omer were stronger …

Ady
Ady
11 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

Vote for cazzi

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Ady

Liamoo for me! But Hey let the best song win! Nur shör vi!

Ady
Ady
11 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

Jaaa!! Men under denna deltävling kan du rösta på henne

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

It would be just cruelty to invite Linda Bengtzing back again if she comes 7th. She deserves better.

Erik
Erik
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Her newest songs sucks in my opinion

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Erik

I can’t really disagree with that, but Linda herself still cares as much as she ever did and I hate to see her disappointed. She deserves better songs – ones as good as her first three.

Lolek
Lolek
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Agreed Jonas. I want to see Linda with a schlager banger that is so over the top and so epically kitsch that we get to see her in the finals again. 🙂

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She will be 7 – the song is not good … but Hey if Danne qualified to Semi 5 – who knows ?

Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She will come 7th. She is stuck in the past without sounding as good as she did in the past. She should do a modern version of schlagers…

por no estar
por no estar
11 months ago

melodifestivalen made by and for kids it seems

Last edited 11 months ago by por no estar
Jake
Jake
11 months ago

I so love Melfest but this year has been a bit of a letdown on so many levels. If the high mark of this year’s festival ends up being the sixth song from the first semi then I think that says if all. Based on these snippets alone I think it’s all basic. There’s nothing standing out so I’m looking forward to the performances to change my mind, but this year there’s also been a lack of innovative staging. I just don’t know what to say—I’m mostly sad.

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Bc other entries adresu sending quality …. Lol wake up

ImpressiveInstants
ImpressiveInstants
11 months ago

Nothing interesting.

I’d send Cazzi and Faith DTF.

Why Start A Fire was lovely back in the day. Lisa’s song this year is ok. Enough for SF5 IMO along with Anders.

Not a fan of the rest. Linda Bengtzing’s entries have gotten progresively worse over the years.

Lolek
Lolek
11 months ago

Very much a semi where the performances could change things up for me. I also suspect the songs I personally enjoyed likely don’t line up with what Sweden, or other fans likely enjoy, and that’s ok, we all have our own preferences. Nevertheless, based only on the previews this is my personal ranking: 1) Cazzi Opeia – A nice pop song. Curious to see what comes from the live performance. 2) Linda Bengtzing – Fairly certain most aren’t feeling this, and that is ok. I was also hoping for something even more over the top from the preview, but for… Read more »

Muffin
Muffin
11 months ago

just give it to Cornelia Jakobs

fill
fill
11 months ago

I use Bose earbuds to experience the best music quality and Wow… I like all snippets except song number 6. This will be an amazing Saturday evening!

Dtf: Cazzi, Faith or Anders
Semi 5: Lisa or Tribe Friday
6th: Lancelot
7th: Linda

Anders Bagge singing: ”Just take my hand, put your trust in Faith (Kakembo) :3

yannis
yannis
11 months ago
Reply to  fill

who what how

JSU12
JSU12
11 months ago

Wow. All bad.

addeli
addeli
11 months ago
Reply to  JSU12

CAZZI BEST! henne ska jag rösta på

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  JSU12

That’s Romania or Malta ..

Laimis
Laimis
11 months ago

This heat proves me why I started to watch melodifestivalen 10 years ago. I don’t know if it’s because of Lisa Miskovsky alone haha. All entries seemed nice to listen to, new sounds, the variety of songs where there, not only over-produced beats which started to sound similar in every way possible over the past years, and it looked like every song had a potential to be my favourite and to do very well on big stage of eurovision. Heat 3 brings me that nostalgia feeling of ol’ good diverse, natural national selection, when you don’t know who can get… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by Laimis
yannis
yannis
11 months ago
Reply to  Laimis

new sounds???? DO you listen to the radio? Have you watching Melodifestivalen?

Laimis
Laimis
11 months ago
Reply to  yannis

Clearly you cannot understand texts.

Yannis
Yannis
11 months ago

That’s what’s happening when a country repeats the same recipe with the same producers writers and musicians

Yannis
Yannis
11 months ago

Meh

Johan
Johan
11 months ago

Here are my thoughts, 1) Cazzi Opeia, for how much she has been hyped by some this feels really tame, like someones first attempt at writing a song. Were is the punch (I know its the first chorus but there should at least be a hint of something, and I feel nothing). I can get enough of this, next! 2) Lancelot, Nice enough but has the same problem as Cazzi Opeia, where is ingredient x? What makes this special in any way? 3) Lisa Miskovsky, I love Lisa, and this is nice but still lacks the same thing as Cazzi… Read more »

Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Johan

I thought Bagge would be better actually:( It is not bad and the best of the songs but that type of grand song needs to goo all over the top campiness like Queen or Meatloaf to really sell it. The way he does it is more Idol winner than anything else.. Faith kakembo is nice but she needs to really convince us this is nothing more than a generic soul Adele ballad. Lancelot has a really modern Victor Leksell sound but I am not sold. But i do think he will go to final.. Lisa Miskovsky: Ah, we have a… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by Denis
West
West
11 months ago

During the weekend I’ll be traveling, so I was curious what I am missing. Turns out – nothing when it comes to Sweden. Last week gave me a bit of hope that maybe there will be more songs that would interest me, but this is not the case with this semifinal.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

Norway is the new Sweden. Sweden is the new Denmark. Take it as you please. 🙂

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Denmark is the new Germany. Germany is the new low.

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

UK or Montenegro

dtuk
dtuk
11 months ago

Go gurl Melfest22 , give us nothing

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  dtuk

Cornelia/Liamoo/Tone/Theoz/Alvaro shocked

Rob
Rob
11 months ago

So far “hold me closer” is a clear winner for me! This semi final is the most weak of all three…

Sam
Sam
11 months ago
Reply to  Rob

The good point about the rather average quality of songs in Melfelst 2022 so far is that Cornelia’s masterpiece can easily stand out in the Final, especially taking into account that she can bring Sweden back to a really deserved top 5 at ESC.

Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Rob

It is but Bagge and Hammarström are genuine threats now..

ABC
ABC
11 months ago

Cazzi Opeia for the win!

Åland
Åland
11 months ago

The four I’d like to see going through are: Cazzi Opeia, Lisa Miskovsky, Faith Kakembo and Anders Bagge!

Out of all of the previous weeks, this one I have clear qualifiers, but I really liked Linda Bengzing too.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago

CAZZI of course ! <3

Yudhistira Mahasena
11 months ago

OK, to be honest, I only know four names in this semi. Faith Kakembo, Linda Bengtzing, and Anders Bagge are no strangers to Melfest. Kakembo entered Melfest in 2020 with “Crying rivers”, I can’t count how many times Bengtzing entered Melfest, and Bagge co-composed “Drip drop” by Safura, the Azeri entry for Eurovision 2010.

As for Cazzi Opeia, I know her because she wrote a lot of K-pop songs. And since I’m a K-pop fan, I’m expecting “I can’t get enough” to have K-pop vibes. Most particularly Twice vibes.

Bob
Bob
11 months ago

Not getting the Faith Kakembo hype. Her entry a few years ago (Crying Rivers) was my favourite of Mello that year but this just sounds like a standard Eurovision ballad, despite her great vocals.

Milla
Milla
11 months ago

The problem is that there is a difference between having a good song that can become a hit in Sweden and something that is eurovision worthy. In this semifinal I find at least two or three songs that have potential to do great in Sweden but not in Europe. And that is the huge problem with Melodifestivalen these days and what makes it sound weaker. But maybe not for swedish listeners. The only eurovision worthy candidate so far is Cornelia. And I think I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Milla

A song in Swedish would be very refreshing for Eurovision. But we all that’s never gonna happen.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

a song in swedish is bound to win the televote very soon imo, but as long as they have international juries they’ll be sending songs in english

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

Indeed. Those juries are a pain in the…

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

i can’t think of a time when a swedish eurovision entry chosen by the jury was better than what won the televote really (in terms of potential esc result).
2005: hall om mig > las vegas
2008: empty room > hero
2013: heartbreak hotel > you
2017: hold on > i can’t go on (okay, would’ve been hard to crack the top 4 that year, but hold on is objectively the better song)

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

They were both wrong in 2017. Should have been Wiktoria imo

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

okay true

LaVoixCZ
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

ummm Statements hello?

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

2016, maybe? I mean, If I Were Sorry is a cool song and all, but Oscar Zia’s Human would’ve been even more powerful IMHO.

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Hmmm don’t think he would have scored better. The staging was more powerful than the song.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Milla

i agree with you on cornelia. her performance is so un-melodifestivalen with the imprecise camera work and a very unrehearsed and genuine feel, and that’s exactly its strength other than a good song.

Last edited 11 months ago by Polegend Godgarina
Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Problem is that most people still seem to think Mello is only a national selection and nothing more. Including you it seems.
Of course it needs to have songs that works in Sweden, it is done for Swedish audiences after all. It is a festival to promote Swedish music above all. The final is the national selection and that is where we look for ESC stuff and which is why we have juries to push out the made for Sweden songs

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Milla

I think Liamoo and Tone has chance too

Mirko
Mirko
11 months ago

“Cazzi Opeia”? If they would win the contest they should change their name; in Italy “cazzi” means d**s

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Mirko

no she shouldn’t. it’d be such a meme here in italy

Filip
Filip
11 months ago

Faiths song sounds promising imo.

Gwendal
Gwendal
11 months ago

First impressions: Cazzi Opeia may be interesting, the synthpop vibe in it doesn’t sound that dated Lancelot’s song is cute, but doesn’t seem really impactful Lisa Miskovsky… CTRL+C CTRL+V than for Lancelot Tribe Friday could have been competitive, but twenty years ago Faith Kakembo does what she best does: some Faith Kakembo. Vocally powerful, musically… light? Linda Bengtzing… Well, does some Linda! Doesn’t sound like her best attempt though Anders Bagge doesn’t convince me with this track, who could have been powerful ten years ago, but now? I think (fear) that: DTF: Lisa & Anders SF: Lancelot & Linda 5… Read more »

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
11 months ago

From this semi, I think the best options are from the girls: Cazzi, Lisa, Linda and Faith… but still I can’t feel a winner, so let’s wait for semi 4… definitely it is -for me- the weakest Melodifestivalen I can remember

Denis
Denis
11 months ago

Anders Bagge wasnt that amazing. It is good but lacks the over the top campiness of Queen or Meatloaf. That would have sold the song. I do still think it will qualify but is not a candidate for win. Other than that it is an open field and that is exciting. I personally like Cazzie Opeia the most, so hope for semi final

Sale
Sale
11 months ago

What a weak week

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Better than last week which was mega weak.

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Whattt?!?

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

Linda is lost in the past and not even nearly as good as she was in that past. Sry

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Linda is lost since 2016 tho

Dimitris
Dimitris
11 months ago

Faith, Anders DTF
Linda, Lancelot Semi Final 5

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

I think it sounds like an Ok semi. I like the snippets of Cazzi Opeia, Lancelot and Faith. These three could potentially be good imo. Anders’ snippet sounds like a 2010 Idol winner single.

Last edited 11 months ago by Aria
Alo
Alo
11 months ago

So bad lmao.
They had 2000+ songs sent to them and they picked those ones out of all?!

Eurovision Talk (Ole Kristian)
Eurovision Talk (Ole Kristian)
11 months ago

This is the weakest Melodifestivalen I can remember 🙁

Aron
Aron
11 months ago

Yes you will probably repeat that next year aswell…don’t really think this year is weak to be honest, there have been a few decent songs

Last edited 11 months ago by Aron
Mikael
Mikael
11 months ago

I usually try to avoid to say this, because every year someone says that, but the more we go on, the more I am convinced about this Mello being one of the weakest in recent years. So fare there are 2/3 very interesting song, but the rest sounds like pure filler.

Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Mikael

And you will say the same thing next year I am sure. This is not a weak year

Ashton
Ashton
11 months ago
Reply to  Denis

we can always count on you to jump at the chance to defend Sweden at literally the slightest criticism

Denis
Denis
11 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

2021 was weak. 2018 weak. This is much better than last year

Mikael
Mikael
11 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I’ve never said that before, and I’ve been watching Melodifestivalen since 2012. So, if next year is going to be weak, I’ll probably say that. But I’ve never been as underwhelmed with a Mello line up as this year at this point.

Brötchen
Brötchen
11 months ago

I think 2021 was way weaker and it was really predictable. This year is far from strong but there are more songs this year that I like than last year. And “Hold Me Closer” is already a WAY stronger possible ESC entry than “Voices”.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago

it’s due to the type of scandipop that’s still heavily represented in melfest (but less and less in the swedish charts) being stuck in 2016 musically. when svt gets on with the times, they’ll be back to having a strong nf.

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago

Sweden do not need to have 28 good songs every Year —- it’s about presentation of yourself and song – not winning ESC – of cource – Go to ESC is an honour but Its like Sanremo in Italy. They are doing it for Swedish people 🙂 and people from an abroad will be still complaining ….. Nobody cared about Melo before 2012 and since 2012/13 … there are many “internet expert” … Every opinion is welcome … but it feels like Sweden is hated doesnt matter what they will send …. Just people are toxic and jealous. I am… Read more »

Last edited 11 months ago by Tzs
Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

It’s not true to say that nobody cared before 2012. You can see flags of other countries in the audience years before that.

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes bc u can buy others flags in Sweden, lol. Pls …. Thats your opinion, and Its fine. But i remember that nobody reacted, wrote or comenting about Melo before – things changed since Loreen won. Remember how Robin, Benjamin, The Mamas, Tusse, Franz were hated by international fans … not mentioning Anton Hagman when he beated Loreen in Andra Chansen … So whatever we will hear next week, people will be hating Sweden also … But then many countries took songs from swedish artists and songs that did not make it to the Melo … to ESC. If thisMelo… Read more »