The lineup for next week’s grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022 is now complete. Eight acts already booked their spots direkt till final through the four heats. Tonight, eight others locked horns for the four remaining spots in the grand final.
In the end, Anna Bergendahl, Tone Sekelius, Theoz and Cazzi Opeia secured those four coveted spots and remain in the running to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2022.
This year, the format of the second chance round was changed. Rather than four head to head duels as was previously the case, the eight acts were divided into two groups. Two songs from each group would then advance to complete next week’s grand final lineup.
The show was held at Stockholm’s Friends Arena, which will also host next week’s grand final on 12 March.
Melodifestivalen 2022: Semi-final qualifiers
Anna Bergendahl with “Higher Power”
Anna Bergendahl is no stranger to a Melodifestivalen final. She qualified direkt till final in 2010 and 2020, where she went on to place first and third respectively. She had to go through the Andra Chansen round in 2019 and she has gone through the hard way again this year. Anna delivered a compelling performance of “Higher Power” and was the first qualifier announced.
Tone Sekelius with “My Way”
Tone Sekelius has already broken new ground as the first openly transgender performer at Melodifestivalen. Tonight, she also earned the right to be the first such performer at a Melfest final. Tone Sekelius actually finished close behind Alvaro Estrella in the second round of voting in their heat, so this result may have come as a surprise to some. However, when it mattered most, Tone belted her tune and booked her spot in the final.
Theoz with “Som du vill”
Theoz already overcame some Melfest veterans in the form of Malou Prytz and Omar Rudberg in his heat. He had to do the same tonight, going up in a strong second group. However, the teenager held his own and secured a spot in the final with the Swedish language track “Som du vill”.
Cazzi Opeia with “I Can’t Get Enough”
Much like Tone Sekelius, Cazzi Opeia was drawn to compete in a group which also contained someone who finished ahead of her in her heat’s second round of voting — in this case, Lisa Miskovsky. However, much like Tone Sekelius, Cazzi Opeia overcame the odds to move through to the final. Her colourful performance of “I Can’t Get Enough” was the final qualifier announced for next week’s final.
Melodifestivalen 2022: Semi-final draw and results
Qualifiers in bold.
- Tone Sekelius – “My Way”
- Alvaro Estrella – “Suave”
- Danne Stråhed – “Hallabaloo”
- Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power”
- Theoz – “Som du vill”
- Lisa Miskovsky – “Best to Come”
- Lillasyster – “Till Our Days Are Over”
- Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”
What do you think of the qualifiers for the grand final? Can any of these second chance artists go on to win Melodifestivalen 2022? Who do you want to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments below.
Alvaro failed the second time after 2014 and I am very happy to see Moa, Tone and Theodor in the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen.
You know, I just realized that all four qualifiers from the semi final are from each heat. Theoz (1), Tone (2), Cazzi (3) and Anna (4). Combined with the 8 direct qualifiers for each heat, we’ve got a very balanced final with an even representation 3 songs per heat.
I’m happy for Theoz and Anna. So sad not to see Lisa in the final her song was a masterpiece.
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I’m so happy with the four qualifiers, i couldn’t be happier!!!! Exactly what i wanted to happen. Every performance improved alot.
My top 10 for the final is =
Maybe it’s not the strongest season ever, but for me it’s the best final lineup i’ve ever seen at Melodifestivalen! I think it will be Cornelia VS Anders VS Klara and Liamoo and Medina in the top 5 aswell.
Inte riktigt förvånad över valen. Jag däremot hade gillat Lillasyster. En sak är säker, vi ska inte leta efter vinnaren bland dessa fyra.
Det är det ingen som tror heller. Kvalar man in vinner man inte.
Vem tror du vinner?
Ja g tror att Cornelia vinner på lördag. Vad tror du? Vem är din favorit?
Watch out for Tone in the final. She is the dark horse.
positively surprised both cazzi and theoz in the final. i thought one would cancel the other out as both pander to younger demographics, i’m glad i was wrong.
Not really same group though.
Theoz is for the youngest groups where Cazzie is probably the choice for 30-44 group and 18-29 group. Possibly even the older groups voted for her
I just watched this back. Congrats to all the qualifiers; they were all fantastic tonight. I particularly liked this show, because of the “Hall of Fame” performances. “Eloise” is still one of my favourite Eurovision songs of all time, so it was amazing to have Arvignana sing that again. Great to hear Mariette again as well. About the presenting: After the disaster in Week 1, I’m so happy that Oscar has become more comfortable with the role as the weeks have gone on, and is able to share most of it with another presenter. This “Semi Final” went particularly well.… Read more »
It’s part of watching it live to get all behind the scenes
So happy for Theoz and Cazzi!!! Wishing them the best and against all odds im hoping Cazzi can win Melfest!!!
gosh me too, it’d be so iconic to have Cazzi in italy
So he looks like a man now?
Men can have long hair, it’s allowed… and no, it’s not gone, it’s just up.
So Best to Come won over I Can’t Get Enough in Heat 3 (And just barely missed out on a DtF spot to Freedom) but in here it’s Cazzi who gets through?
I’m not upset, I prefer this, but it’s just funny how the tables turned.
i can’t get enough is #16 and best to come is #62 in the swedish chart… the former grew on the public a lot it seems
You should notice that less people voted in the semi final as opposed to the heats. So possibly the big support from the older audience was not as clear this time around.
SWEDEN! I LOVE YOU OMG!!! this was my exact qualifiers!!! so so so happy that we dont have to sit through another cringefest by alvaro in the finals
Your comments are really obnoxious, you know?
Since i watch Mello (in 2015) – this will be the strongest Mello final for me ever – i thought 2020 was but 2022 is a bit more (for me) I only dont like Anders from finalist but he is nice person and can sing, i wish jury and public would vote by heart and not by who is the famous person here 🙂 For me the battle is between – Liamoo, Cornelia, Klara and Medina! (Cazzi, Tone, Theoz, Anna or Faith would be also nice tho) Anders, John and Robin are ok but not the winners for me 🙂… Read more »
3 songs in swedish – i forgot Lundvik lol
Alvaro and Lisa should have been the two joining Anna and Cazzia…oh well.
Cazzie was even stronger here than in heat 4. What a legend!
Can’t get enough,ooohoo. Wouldn’t mind if she won but we know she won’t..
I agree 😉
Also, Arja, yay.
Very happy for Theoz. He is just very likeable and genuine. Good for him
I feel sorry for him though, he probably has a lot of weird, clingy fans among people that enjoy his music
The camera angles, light effects and fireworks made this semifinal looked a lot better than the heats.
I’m glad it was enjoyed from the tv. I agree it was a difference in lighting as from the previous heats. I got very tired in my eyes from all white lights and strobe effects.
But also it was clear there were much less kids in the audience and no seat was actually left empty in this arena in the arena. So it’s shaping up. We’ll see about the final
Aw, no Lisa. At least Theoz will bring that 2000s feel back to the final, I’ve missed that.
of course avrigarna had to close the show xD
I CANT CAZZI MADE IT IM SO HAPPY OMG
So happy that all 4 of the acts I wanted to qualify did.
I think Cazzi was the favourite from this group of the semi.
I just keep thinking of Marina every time I hear Cazzi’s song.
cazzi was a-ma-zing
Is it just me or were the “heart votes” beating a lot longer for the first group from the semi final? Gives me the impression is that this second grouping is a bit weaker… sort of wish Alvaro was in this group. His song is much stronger this year than last year, which is a shame he didn’t qualify.
i think group b is a LOT stronger (my opinion)
Álvaro is boring and has terrible songs.
Think it was obvious group 2 had the stronger songs
lillasyster deserve final but they the weakest here
Last year, yes. This year, no.
Lisa is the best.
lisa was beautiful!
idk who deserves it more, her, theoz or cazzi
cazzi is my fav btw
group b is toughhhhh
great now i am stuck
suncity and sanna are goign to perform shortly in iceland ( my favs) and so is lisa but i skipped her performance in the heat and reall wanna see it
of course i want cazzi in teh final but im really stuck between lias anad theoz
So happy for Tone. She really deserved it. Love her performance
Ok i need to say this Tone Sekelius is amazing. She is such a sweetie and gave the best performance today. She is Worth every penny.
Here’s to hoping we get Mariette next year with a smashing song!
I like this side of Mariette.
mariette is outstanding i hope she comes back again at some time
They aren’t doing the point counting like with the four heats? Dang I was hoping for that.
Anna and Tone are going to the final!!! Queens! I’m so happy for both of them!!!
YESS SECOND QUEEN TONE
YESS QUEEN ANNA
the interval was kinda cute
they want more competition
thgey wantr them to compete with specific acts
Semi 1 results are quite clear for me – Anna and Tone to qualify.
There’s something likeable about Danne, though…
Amazing performance from Anna. I really hope she goes to the finals!!
propably she will
She’s better now than when she actually won.
QUEEN ANNA SLAYED AGAIN 😀
Halaballo slayeddd tooo 🙁
there is no wrong or right here
everyone says their opinion