Today the Swedish broadcaster SVT revealed the running order for the 2022 edition of Melodifestivalen. Two weeks ago they already announced the artists, who are in the race to represent Sweden in Eurovision next year. The 28 artists are now divided into the four heats beginning in Malmö on February 5th and the last heat in Lidköping on February 26th! The best two of each heat will qualify directly for the final in Stockholm on March 12th, while the 3rd and 4th place of each heat will go to the semi-final (Second Chance before) on March 5th. Four additional songs will make it from the semi-final!
The running order:
Heat 1: 05 February: Malmö – Malmö Arena
2. Som du vill
3. Let there be Angels
4. Moving Like That
6. Hold Me Closer
7. Innocent Love
Heat 2: 12 February: Göteborg – Scandinavium
2. Tror du att jag bryr mig
Niello & Lisa Ajax
3. I Want To Be Loved
5. Face in the Crowd
7. My Way
Heat 3: 19 February: Linköping – Saab Arena
1. I Can´t Get Enough
2. Lyckligt slut
3. Best to Come
4. Shut Me Up
6. Fyrfaldigt hurra!
7. Bigger Than The Universe
Heat 4: 26 February: Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena
1. Higher Power
2. Till Our Days Are Over
3. Synd om dig
4. La Stella
5. In i dimman
6. The End
7. Run To The Hills
The Melodifestivalen 2022 broadcast schedule
Earlier this year it was announced that the Melodifestivalen tour is back to normal for 2022. Together with six shows spread across five Swedish cities. As well as this, SVT also revealed that former participant, Oscar Zia, who competed in both 2014 and 2016, will take on hosting duties this year. More details about further hosts and guest acts will be revealed in due course. Meanwhile, eager fans can still purchase tickets to the shows here. Below are the dates and venues for each show:
- 05 February: Malmö – Malmö Arena (Semi-Final 1)
- 12 February: Göteborg – Scandinavium (Semi-Final 2)
- 19 February: Linköping – Saab Arena (Semi-Final 3)
- 26 February: Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena (Semi- Final 4)
- 05 March: Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena (Andra Chansen)
- 12 March: Stockholm – Friends Arena (Grand Final)
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Beginning their Eurovision history in 1958, Sweden have always maintained an excellent record of results. Yet it was not until 1966 that Sweden reached the top three for the first time. The Swedish entry, ‘Nygammal vals‘ finished in second place at the contest in Luxembourg City, still the only time Sweden have finished second. Later it was 1974 when Sweden truly began their legacy in the contest. After earning their first win with, ‘Waterloo‘. Of course, launching ABBA into global success.
Consequently Sweden have won a further five times – Herreys (1984), Carola (1991), Charlotte Nilsson (1999), Loreen (2012) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015). As well as finishing in third place six times second place finish in 1966, they have never finished as runner-up again. Therefore Sweden are the second most successful Eurovision nation behind leaders, Ireland seven wins.
Back in March, Tusse was selected to represent Sweden in Rotterdam with his song ‘Voices’. Not to mention that he prevailed against strong competition from 2011 podium finisher, Eric Saade and 2020 entrants, The Mamas. During the contest in Rotterdam, Tusse qualified from the first Semi-Final, in 7th place and in the Grand Final, Sweden finished in 14th place with 109 points.
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