As preparations for Melodifestivalen 2022 are in full swing, and with the upcoming edition of the competition, the first without Christer Björkman, changes to the competition are inevitable. Well, the first of those changes are revealed as SVT has confirmed to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Andra Chansen (Second Chance) would be dropped for Melodifestivalen 2022.
The confirmation of the move is the first major change to the competition for some time. However, the Andra Chansen duel has been mixed, with being reported that the duels being hated by the artists. The duels in Andra Chansen has seen some entries unexpectedly being eliminated, such as Jenny Silver’s “Something in Your Eyes” and most recently Loreen’s “Statements”.
A Semi-Final to replace Andra Chansen
With the confirmation of the change in the upcomingMelodifestivalen’s Project Manager, Anette Brattström mentioned that the format is reviewed to make it as exciting as possible for the viewers, and felt that the Andra Chansen format needed to be reviewed.
The purpose of Second Chance from the beginning was that the artist would have the opportunity to redo their performance from the competition if they felt that there was something to do differently.
But today, almost everything is rehearsed to perfection so there are no major changes made. Almost no one wants to make changes and then the idea of Second Chance fails.
In the same article, it was revealed that a Semi-Final will replace Andra Chansen. In each Semi-Final, two entries will qualify for the final, and two will qualify for the Semi-Final. When we reached the penultimate week, the eight competing artists will be split into two groups. The two acts with the highest votes in each group would then advance to the final.
Melodifestivalen 2022 will be hosted by Oscar Zia, whilst Farah Abadi will follow the journey of the competing artists in the next edition of the competition. Tickets for next year’s competition will go on sale on November 8, with the shows taking place as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 – Malmö, Malmö Arena
- Semi-Final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
- Semi-Final 3 – Linköping, Saab Arena
- Semi-Final 4 – Lidköping, Sparbanken Lidköping Arena
- Semi-Final 5 – Örnsköldsvik, Hägglunds Arena
- Final – Stockholm, Friends Arena
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 61st 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: Aftonbladet
Photo Source: EBU / Andres Putting