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Live audience to return for Melodifestivalen 2022

Tickets for the live shows will go on sale on Monday November 8 at 10:00 CET

Last month, Swedish broadcaster SVT, announced that Oscar Zia will host Melodifestivalen 2022. Moreover, the tour is back to normal, with the final taking place in Stockholm in the Friends Arena on March 12. Today, SVT has announced that the live audience will return to Melodifestivalen for the 2022 edition.

Swedish broadcaster SVT are moving full speed ahead with their preparations for Melodifestivalen 2022. Having scrapped both the touring component and the live audience from this year’s edition due to the pandemic, they are planning on bringing the audience back for 2022.

Tickets for the live shows will go on sale on Monday November 8 at 10:00 CET via LiveNation.se. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Semi-Final 1: Malmö – Malmö Arena (February 5)
  • Semi-Final 2: Gothenburg – Scandinavium (Feburary 12)
  • Semi-Final 3: Linköping – Saab Arena (February 19)
  • Semi-Final 4: Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena (February 26)
  • Andra Chansen: Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena (March 5)
  • Final: Stockholm – Friends Arena (March 12)

Next year’s edition attracted over 2,500 submissions, slightly down from the 2021 edition. Now that submissions have closed, the 28 competing entrants will be revealed later in the Autumn. 14 of the entries will be selected by a jury, whilst the remaining 14 entries will be selected by the broadcaster.

Sweden at Eurovision 2021

Following their success at Eurovision 2019 alongside John Lundvik, The Mamas were announced as one of the participants for Melodifestivalen 2020 with their song “Move”. The trio ended up winning the ticket to Eurovision 2020 by one point, the tightest winning margin at Melodifestivalen since 2014. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the EBU announced the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. SVT opted not to re-select the Mamas internally, and organised another edition of Melodifestivalen for 2021.

This year, Tusse was selected to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2021 with his song “Voices” in a landslide vote. At Melodifestivalen, he managed to beat strong competition from 2011 winner Eric Saade and 2020 winners The Mamas. In Rotterdam, he advanced from the first semi-final in 7th place. In the grand final, he finished in 14th place with 109 points.

Who would you like to see participate in Melodifestivalen 2022? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to follow us on Spotify and YouTube to see our reactions to the news in the run up to the 2022 national final season!

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