Whilst the submissions for Melodifestivalen is currently open and will close imminently, SVT has revealed further information about the upcoming edition of Melodifestivalen. The Swedish broadcaster has revealed that two-time Melodifestivalen participant Oscar Zia will be hosting the upcoming edition of Melodifestivalen, as well as confirming the show will be touring Sweden once again in 2022.
Hosting for a second year in a row
As well as hosting the upcoming edition of Melodifestivalen, Oscar also co-hosted Melodifestivalen 2021, with Anis Don Demina and Christer Björkman during the second semi-final, so we all know that Oscar will already be familiar with the gig.
The Melodifestivalen tour returns
After hosting Melodifestivalen 2021 at Annexet, it will be business as usual for 2022, as Melodifestivalen will once again be touring Sweden for its 62nd edition. Melodifestivalen’s Project Manager Anette Brattström expressed her happiness for Oscar being a presenter as well as planning for the tour:
“Melodifestivalen is the party of Sweden as a whole and we can’t wait to get out into the country and meet the audience again. We are hopeful, charged and believe in a tour but at the same time are responsive and humbled that there is still a pandemic going on.Anette Brattström on Melodifestivalen 2022 (translated)
In addition to this, Oscar also expressed his excitement for hosting next year’s edition of Melodifestivalen
“It obviously feels like an honorable assignment – suddenly I’m the one in the ranks of Kristian Luuk, Petra Mede and Gina Dirawi. I have been watching Melodifestivalen since I was a kid, the whole family would watch and no one could talk, I didn’t want to miss a second! I am very excited to go on tour and I will do my best to lead viewers through this party,”
Dates for Melodifestivalen 2022 confrimed
As well as confirming that Oscar Zia will be hosting the next edition of Melodifestivalen, it was revealed that the tour will be returning, with the final due to take place on the 12th March.
- Semi-Final 1 – February 5 – Malmö – Malmö Arena
- Semi-Final 2 – February 12 – Gothenburg – Scandinavium
- Semi-Final 3 – February 19 – Linköping – Saab Arena
- Semi-Final 4 – February 26 – Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena
- Second Chance – March 5 – Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena
- Final – March 12 – Stockholm – Friends Arena
Tickets for the Melodifestivalen shows will be released at a later date.
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since their debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2021, Sweden was represented by Tusse, who won the 60th edition of the competition and competed with the song “Voices”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 14th with 109 Points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: SVT
Photo Source: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT