With November coming to a close, it’s that time of the year, where we get to find out who will be participating in the upcoming edition of Melodifestivalen. SVT has announced that 14 of the 28 participants will be announced on November 26 at 08:00CET.
Who’s rumoured to be in the upcoming line-up?
The name of the 28 participating artists is always kept quiet until the last minute. However, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (through sources) has reported the following to be in the line-up so far:
- Robin Bengtsson
- Klara Hammarström
- Alvaro Estrella
- Angelino Markenhor
- Lance Hedman
- John Lundvik
- Malou Prytz
- Cazzi Opeia
- Linda Bengtzing
- Anna Bergendahl
- Faith Kakembo
With the artist announcement coming close, Aftonbladet is also reporting the following who could potentially be in the line-up:
Music producer for artists such as Celine Dion, Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, and Janet Jackson, and a member of the Idol Sweden judging panel, Anders also participated in the first season of Masked Singer Sverige, where he placed fourth as Sjöbjörnen “Sea Bear”.
Another act that we could be seeing in the line-up is Lillasyster, who made their debut in Melodifestivalen 2021 with their track “Pretender”. Their participation in this year’s competition saw them reach the Andra Chansen round of the competition.
Another name in the mix is Malin Christin Johansson, who goes professionally as Malin Christin, is the older sister of three-time Melodifestivalen participant ‘Wiktoria’. She was one of the co-writers for Malta’s Eurovision 2021 entry “Je Me Casse” by Destiny which placed 7th overall in Rotterdam.
Another rumoured participant is a returnee in the form of Cornelia Jakobsdotter, who previously participated in Melodifestivalen in 2011 and 2012 as Love Generation (or most widely known as Stockholm Syndrome) with “Dance Alone” and “Just a Little Bit“.
Fresh from the success of the Netflix series “Young Royals”, another name being put forward is Omar Rudberg, who first participated in Melodifestivalen with FO&O with “Gotta Thing About You” which made the final. His participation remains a question mark, as to see if this will clash with recording for the upcoming season of “Young Royals”.
In addition to the above, a former dansband star, who had success on the theatre stage is confirmed. However, Aftonbladet’s sources aren’t able to confirm who it is but tell them that they have sung in one of the more well-known dansband for many years.
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: SVT / Aftonbladet
Photo Source: EBU/ Andres Putting