The rumour mill for Melodifestivalen 2022 is spinning at full speed. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has revealed three further artists that are said to be competing in the Swedish National Final for Eurovision. Rapper Niello and Swedish Idol contestant William Segerdahl are expected to make their Mello debut. Also rumoured to participate is Faith Kakembo, who took part in the 2020 edition with “Crying Rivers.”
William would be a new face at the contest. The 19 year old competed in the 2018 edition of Idol, finishing in third place. Since then he has released a number of songs, with his track “Problem” being the most successful, reaching 3rd in the Swedish Heatseekers Chart. It is rumoured that Segerdahl has submitted songs to Melodifestivalen before.
Niello is the stage name of rapper Niklas Grahn. According to reports, Niello has sent in songs to Melodifestivalen for a few years now, and will finally make his debut in 2022. Those familiar with Swedish music will know Niello from his 2013 hit “Legenden.” This track, featuring Phantomen, reached number 3 on the Swedish charts and was certified two times platinum.
The third artist rumoured to participate in Melodifestivalen 2022 is a returning artist. Faith Kakembo participated in the 2020 edition of Melodifestivalen with the track “Crying Rivers.” She finished 5th in Semi-Final 3, missing out on a spot in the Andra Chansen round by just 5 points. “Crying Rivers” ended up charting 18th in the Swedish Heatseeker Chart. Before Melodifestivalen, Faith made it to the finals of talent competition P4 Nästa in 2019.
The full list of rumoured artists so far
- Robin Bengtsson
- Klara Hammarström
- Alvaro Estrella
- Angelino Markenhor
- Lance Hedman
- John Lundvik
- Malou Prytz
- Cazzi Opeia
- Linda Bengtzing
- Anna Bergendahl
- William Segerdahl
- Faith Kakembo
The list of artists will be confirmed in late November.
What we know about Melodifestivalen 2022
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 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: Aftonbladet
Photo Source: Sven Lindwall