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XTRA DECIDES: 🇸🇪 Melodifestivalen 2022 heat 1

In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. Specially for Sweden’s selection Melodifestivalen 2022 we are scoring each heat. This gives our choice of direct finalists and semi-final qualifiers. Later we will choose our semi-final winner and score the grand final. We’re scoring using the Melfest style scoring system. (12-1)

Our Scores

1Malou Prytz - Bananas82 DTF2
2Robin Bengtsson - Innocent Love81 DTF4
3THEOZ – Som du vill72 SF3
4Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer70 SF0
5Omar Rudberg – Moving Like That690
6Shirley Clamp – Let there be Angels341
7Danne Stråhed – Hallabaloo220

Reviews

Malou Prytz - Bananas

Nathan W

Bananas is evidently an Ace Wilder song. The attitude is evident from the moment the track begins and it carries into the clip of the performance we’ve seen this week. What we can’t be sure of yet is quite how comfortable Malou is in this Ace Wilder meets Olivia Rodrigo type role, instead of the pure pop girl role she’s played so far in her career.

Robin Bengtsson - Innocent Love

Sami (12pts)

In my opinion, “Innocent Love” is not Robin Bengtsson’s best Melodifestivalen entry, but that’s only because his catalogue is so strong. However, Robin is definitely one to watch for in this year’s Melodifestivalen. It has the Swedish quality that we can expect every year, but also comes across very genuine and has very positive message and mood. I would be very happy to see this in Turin!

Dan (12pts)

For me, it will take a lot for anything to come close to his 2016 entry ‘Constellation Prize’ – however, this could quite possibly be my second favourite of his attempts at Mello. The throwback to the 80s sound is a trend that’s currently doing very well in modern chart music and I expect this to go down very well with the audience. It’s anthemic, feel good and suited to Robin’s voice. He also seems very comfortable performing this, something I can’t say the same about his previous attempt.


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Tom O'Donoghue

Music photographer based in Somerset, United Kingdom. Photographer for London Eurovision Party.

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