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Two finalists and two semifinalists qualify from Heat 1 of Melodifestivalen 2022

This year's edition began at Avicii Arena in Stockholm and presented a set of new changes to the format.

Sverige, nu kör vi! All of Sweden’s party has arrived and following the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2022 tonight, we have our first batch of finalists. In a shake-up to the format, this year SVT changed the voting system. However, as announced during the show, the app vote did not work for either round.

Cornelia Jakobs was announced as the winner of the semifinal immediately after the voting window. The lines reopened for all remaining acts. After the second voting window, in which the viewers should have received an additional 5 app votes per song, the full voting results should have been presented for the acts in 2nd to 7th place, based on the votes given by each age group. Instead, only the second finalist and the semifinalists were announced.

These results confirmed that the other act also qualifying for the final is Robin Bengtsson. The two semifinal qualifiers are Theoz and Danne Stråhed. Malou Prytz, Shirley Clamp and Omar Rudberg are eliminated from the competition.

Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat 1 results

In another change to the format, the entries proceeding directly to the final were not given a reprise on stage. Songs finishing from 3rd to 7th are available to stream directly after the show.

ArtistSong titlePoints
1.Cornelia JakobsHold Me Closer
2.Robin BengtssonInnocent Love
SEMIDanne StråhedHallabaloo
SEMITheozSom du vill
5.Omar RudbergMoving Like That
6.Shirley ClampLet There Be Angels
7.Malou PrytzBananas

Melodifestivalen 2022: venues

Following the cancellation of the Melodifestivalen 2022 tour, the originally chosen venues were replaced:

  • 5th February – Heat 1 (Avicii Arena)
  • 12th February – Heat 2 (Avicii Arena)
  • 19th February – Heat 3 (Avicii Arena)
  • 26th February – Heat 4 (Friends Arena)
  • 5th March – Semi Final (Friends Arena)
  • 12th March – Final (Friends Arena)

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

Beginning their Eurovision history in 1958, Sweden has 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 has 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 a 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, the country also achieved a second-place finish in 1966 but have never finished as runner-up again. Therefore Sweden is the second most successful Eurovision nation behind leaders, Ireland with seven wins.

In 2021, 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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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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