Today SVT announced, that the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2022 will be held in the Avicii Arena (former Globen). Tickets for the show are on sale now at AXS.com! For now it was only announced by SVT, that the first show will be held there. It is unclear, if SVT is able to stay there or have to move to a different arena. Tickets for those shows will become available (if possible), the week before the show. Last month SVT already announced the running order for the shows!
Melodifestivalen returns to Globen (Avicii Arena)
Next Saturday SVT will be back at Globen aka. Avicii Arena for the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2022!
Avicii Arena is an excellent choice as the premiere arena . It gives us the conditions to make a full-scale TV production . The arena also has the conditions for staff and participants to be able to keep their distance according to current restrictions , says Anette Brattström , project manager for the Melodifestivalen 2022.
Additional to that, tickets for the show are now available HERE. It looks like SVT is putting the tickets for the show on sale the week before the live show. In a mail to people who bought tickets for the final, the organizers states, that they still plan the show as originally planned.
Due to prevailing circumstances, unfortunately the Melodifestival tour can not be carried out as planned around the country this year but will be broadcast from Stockholm. However, we do not want to rule out that the final will be carried out according to plan at Friends Arena on 11-12 March. We are waiting and at the moment the event remains as planned – if it changes, we will inform well in advance. Hold on tight to your tickets!In the mail from AXS.com
Due to the current ticket sale, we also get a peak of the outlines of the Melodifestivalen stage or should we say stages!
The Melodifestivalen 2022 broadcast schedule
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: Heat 1
- 12 February: Heat 2
- 19 February: Heat 3
- 26 February: Heat 4
- 05 March: Semi-Final
- 12 March: 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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