And then they were four. This Saturday, seven acts will perform their songs in Heat Four 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. And most importantly, once it’s over, all 28 Melodifestivalen 2022 songs will be available to listen.
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 four snippets
Click on the song titles to listen to the snippets
- Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power”
- Lillasyster – “Till Our Days Are Over”
- Malin Christin – “Synd on dig”
- Tenori – “La Stella”
- Medina – “In i dimman”
- Angelino – “The End”
- Klara Hammarström – “Run To The Hills”
Poll: Who should win heat four 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 4 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:
Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power”
“Higher Power” is a little different from Anna’s previous Melfest entries, but it’s clearly an Anna song. “Higher Power” is rich with poetic language, and the lyrics could serve as a religious tale of finding God, or just someone getting out there and communing with nature. The song has a very country sound to it and is oddly reminiscent of Stefan’s “Hope”, but — it has to be said — the country tone in Anna’s voice is really lovely. Musically things are a little predictable, but Anna will sell it.
Lillasyster – “Till Our Days Are Over”
“Till Our Days Are Over” goes in a different direction from last year’s entry “Pretender”. Weirdly the song sounds like it was originally written with an emo revival sound in mind, at odds with Lillasysters heavier rock stylings. The gentler verses don’t work but once the chorus kicks off, then things fall into place. But it still feels lacking, like there are still a few pieces missing to make a decent Melfest entry.
Malin Christin – “Synd om dig”
Malin has a gentle piano ballad, which I would file under “easy listening”. But it’s the right genre for the song, a tale of heartbreak and strength. The song is in Swedish, which might not make it the most accessible for an international audience, but Malin has the potential to transmit emotion with the staging.
Tenori – “La stella”
This — and I cannot emphasise this enough — is SO EFFING CAMP. Imagine Jacques Houdek’s “My Friend” and that Portuguese popera group that almost won FdC in 2017 and throw in some Alcazar for good measure. Just all that. “La stella” is a mix of Italian popera bits and English disco bits sung in an operatic tone. I’m not normally a fan of popera, but I love all the drama of “La stella”. It will surely be amazing live and I wouldn’t be mad if Sweden send some highly camp Italian popera to Turin.
Medina – “In i dimman”
This song has a big sound. I’m kind of struggling to pin down a genre, but in my note I’ve written reggaetón, Stromae’s “Ta fête” and brass band drums. Medina have been around for a while and are confident performers so they should be expected to absolutely bring a mighty live performance. I feel like this is going to be one of the biggest moments of this week’s show.
Angelino – “The End”
This is one of the more subdued performances of this week but Angelino’s gentle ballad works. He has an emotionally expressive voice, which is well suited for a song like “The End” that is all about expressing emotional and telling a story. I feel like this will have more impact live, especially if Angelins (and the cameras) can create a feeling of intimacy.
Klara Hammarström – “Run to the Hills”
“Run to the Hills” has a heavier sound than Klara’s “Beat of Broken Hearts”. It’s an electropop tune with a very cool chorus that she delivers with lots of attitude. There’s a bit of an EDM sound, with some instrumental breaks but that never outshines Klara. While the chorus gets quite repetitive near the end, musically there is enough variation to keep things interesting. And yeah, it feels like a future Euroclub favourite.
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!