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
- Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”
- Lancelot – “Lyckligt Slut”
- Lisa Miskovsky – “Best To Come”
- Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up”
- Faith Kakembo – “Freedom”
- Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt Hurra!”
- Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe”
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!