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.