🇸🇪 TES Reviews: Deltävling 1 of Melodifestivalen 2022

🇸🇪 TES Reviews: Deltävling 1 of Melodifestivalen 2022

With less than 24 hours to go until Melodifestivalen 2022 is due to commence, Rosie and Tim had a chance to watch some of the rehearsals for the first heat of the competition, where they give their opinions and predictions for tomorrow’s show.

Malou Prytz – “Bananas”

Malou starts off the performance on the B-stage, with her sitting on a chair, with the checkered pattern being projected on the stage floor. As the song progresses, Malou stands up from the stage. Whilst singing the chorus, Malou walks over from the B-Stage on to the Main stage, where we see Malou being joined by four dancers and a drummer, with the stage being decorated with vandalized living room furniture.

For the remainder of the song, Malou walks around the stage and after the bridge, she goes on to then interact with the dancers. In the final chorus, we see BANANAS being projected on the LED screen, and every time it’s mentioned, the letters appear. This is repeated until the song finishes.

Malou Prytz rehearsing “Bananas”
Photo Credit: SVT/ Annika Berglund

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
Well, what can I say, Malou has returned, and she has brought something different to the table. I can see why the producers have decided that this is going to be the opening number, and it really gives off that vibe. With Ace Wilder being one of the songwriters I could actually imagine her singing it. However, Malou gives it her own flavor and she’s done a capable job of doing so.What an opening number! It’s visually and sonically striking, and Malou fills it with attitude and power. The way the stage changes and adapts throughout the performance makes for an engaging stage show, but given the strength of the heat, I think it might be a battle between her and Cornelia for the final qualifier slot. It could go either way – will audiences be wanting a little cry, or to get up and dance?
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
Semi-Final5th

THEOZ – “Som Du Vill”

Thoez starts silhouetted behind a screen – a very greyscale image. Quickly, though, we get some bursts of colour, and he emerges onto the stage. The screens start to move behind him, pulled by dancers, with the lights flashing between green, orange and blue.

As the first chorus hits, four dancers emerge from behind the screens in bright tracksuits – yellow or orange-looking depending on the colour of the lights. Theoz dances with them. The dancers then return behind the screens for the second verse, where they appear as silhouettes behind him. They are seen again for the next chorus, which is an explosion of coloured lights, before Theoz makes his way to the B-stage alone.

The B-stage shows various black and white graphics – a falling floor beneath him, lines congregating to him, the lyrics of the chorus. He returns to the main stage to join the dancers for a final colourful chorus before the lights fade on them all.

THEOZ rehearsing “Som Du Vill”
Photo Credit: SVT/ Annika Berglund

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
Okay, THEOZ is just making his debut into the competition, and honestly, what a way to make your debut. THEOZ brings a lot of charisma and energy into his performance. He’s a pro, and he knows what he’s doing, and the song itself is so catchy, this will become an earworm.THEOZ was born to be on stage. This performance is charismatic, confident, catchy and just a joy to watch. I’d love to see this go Direkt til Finalen, though whether he’ll manage to with such stiff competition, I don’t know. It’ll definitely be moving on in the competition, though to what stage?
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
Semi-FinalSemi-Final

Shirley Clamp – “Let There Be Angels”

We see Shirley standing all along on the stage, with just a spotlight directed at her, with the camera slowly zooming in towards her. As the song progresses, the Camera angles continue to be panning, and close-up shots of Shirley, with no gimmicks, and just her standing on the stage.

As we get to the chorus, bright lights show up behind her, which signifies a wave, with the wind machine being turned on as well. When we proceed to the last chorus, more lights are projected behind her, and the speed of the wind machine is also increased as we reached the end of the song.

Shirley Clamp rehearsing “Let There Be Angels”
Photo Credit: SVT/ Annika Berglund

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
Look, I have a lot of respect for Shirley. Personally, I would listen to the song, it’s very uplifting, and it has a really good message. I just think the concern is not making an impact, which disheartens me a bit to predict it soo low.Shirley gives a strong performance, but unfortunately I find it very difficult to imagine this standing out to voters amongst this field. There’s not a lot of engagement in the visual aspects of the performance, and while the song is lovely, and the vocals good, there are too many complete packages in this group of songs for me to see it making it further than Saturday night.
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
6th7th

Omar Rudberg – “Moving Like That”

Omar wears a black bespangled shirt and shiny trousers, which immediately catch you eye under the purple lighting of the stage. We begin with isolated shots of Omar and his dancers throughout the first verse, as Omar makes his way from backstage to centre stage. The colour scheme of purple, blue, black and white is stark and interesting – purple neon lights guide him to the stage.

As the chorus kicks in, pillars on the side of the stage project the lyrics. There’s some very impressive choreography between the three of them. All of them drop to the floor for the second verse, which Omar delivers on his knees before standing back up for the next pre-chorus. The second chorus brings us some wide shots of the stage and arena.

The lighting turns bright green in the bridge, before jumping back to the energetic purple for the final chorus. The song ends with the LEDs turning white, Omar and his two dancers appearing like silhouettes against the backdrop.

Omar Rudberg rehearsing “Moving Like That”
Photo Credit: SVT/ Annika Berglund

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
WOW, I don’t think I can say that word enough but WOW. We all know how Omar’s solo debut went, and you know what, I think he’s learned from it, and OMG, I did not expect the step-up to be this high. This song is so competitive, very catchy, and he’s brought over such a performance, I’d be pretty shocked if this does not get one of the Final spots.Omar’s performance is aesthetically gorgeous and he absolutely delivers on the vocals as well! The song doesn’t quite deliver the catchiness of THEOZ or Robin for me, but it’s still a lot of fun, and his performance sells it completely. Couple that with his ever-growing fanbase, and I struggle to see this one not going Direkt til Finalen.
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
Direkt til FinalenDirekt til Finalen

Danne Stråhed – “Hallabaloo”

For his performance, we see Danne using the b-stage. He is joined by six other musicians on stage, and on the main stage the words “Hallabaloo” are on the screen and lights up whenever the word is sung. The stage is surrounded by lights, to give a fairy light effect throughout the performance. As for the camera angles, panning shots are mainly used throughout the song, and this is consistent, until the end of the song.

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
I do love a bit of folk., and this song did put a smile on my face. However, my main struggle is the fact that the song is consistent throughout. Therefore, it made it a bit very difficult to stand out because of the simplistic nature of the song. However, Melodifestivalen is also a family-friendly show, and this will appeal to the right audience.I’d be lying if I said this didn’t put a smile on my face, with how much I love folk music and this array of instruments. I enjoy the song, but we’ve had much stronger music in similar genres in Melodifestivalen in the past, and compared to the other songs in this Deltävling, it’ll unfortunately struggle. Ultimately, my decision to predict it in 6th place over 7th comes to it being a more genre-interesting song than Let There Be Angels, so I will enjoy this one for what it is, but unfortunately not expect too much more.
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
7th6th

Cornelia – “Hold Me Closer”

We start with a side-view of Cornelia, with the LEDs behind her looking like stars. We even get some lens flare! The camera rotates around her back in a mid-shot, ending on her other side profile. For the first time, she looks into the camera as the chorus kicks in, and then we see her from the front for the first time, with the moon behind her. The moon turns from white to green, then red when the second verse begins.

During the second verse, she starts to move a little more on stage, just a few steps here and there to show off the starry LEDs behind her again, before returning to her position at the centre for the chorus. The camera angles start to change, becoming more diagonal, and some a little wider. The moon changes colour – green, red, warm orange-yellow. She walks around the moon during the bridge, and the moon flares red as she begins the final chorus. it becomes white as she spins it around on its axis, before ending on red as the song finishes.

Cornelia rehearsing “Hold Me Closer”
Photo Credit: SVT/ Annika Berglund

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
Okay, this was a shocker for me. I had low expectations in the beginning. However, as I listened to the full song when Cornelia performed it, she just exceeded everything by a mile. I’m going, to be honest, and say, I did actually become emotional listening to this, and I’ve been finding myself being a bit emotional.
I want to rank this higher, but my main concern is that the Swedish audiences might not see what I see, and I would love to be proven wrong.
This was a huge surprise for me, and one I am very happy to have experienced. Cornelia’s unique, delicate voice absolutely sells this song, and the performance is intimate and beautiful. I fear voters may not connect with it on a broader scale – those who do will love it, but will it get enough love to progress? I’d like to see this do a Clara Klingenström and make it through!
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
5thSemi-final

Robin Bengtsson – “Innocent Love”

We see a spotlight that shines towards a microphone, and we then see Robin walking towards the microphone, we then see that Robin is joined on stage by a drummer and a guitarist. Robin then stays in the middle of the stage, up until we get to the chorus, and we see Robin walking around the stage. The first is side to side, then as we get to the end of the first chorus, Robin then walks to the B-stage.

Once the second verse starts, Robin is on the B-stage, Red and Blue lights start to descend behind Robin, then once the second Chrous hits, the Red and Blue lights start to flash, and blend in with the LED screens at the back. When we get to the bridge of the song, Robin is just enjoying himself and is just dancing along to the song.

We then get to the final chorus, and the close-up shots get more intense, and he then runs back to the main stage for the last 25 seconds of the song, where he finishes the song.

What did we think of the rehearsal?

TimRosie
Robin delivers something different (personally) each time he participates in Melodifestivalen. This time, he gets straight to the point, he’s got a great hook, and it is very anthemic, and I love how the song just makes me want to dance. Robin has proven himself each time he has participated in Melodifestivalen, and this is no different.Robin delivers a slick, stylish performance that stands out from the rest of the Deltävling. It’s a crowd-pleasing song that a lot of viewers will enjoy – it’s a little anthemic, a little bit sing-along, with a hook that’ll get people hyped. This will definitely be progressing to the next stage, and given I’ve been singing the “ooahs” for the entire time I’ve been writing this article, I expect viewers might be thinking the same when it’s time to cat their votes!
Tim’s PredictionRosie’s Prediction
Direkt til FinalenDirekt til Finalen

The first heat of Melodifestivalen 2022 is set to commence on the 5th February at 20:00CET. Don’t forget to follow That Eurovision Site to keep up to date with the latest coverage of Melodifestivalen 2022.

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 Melodifestivalen 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.

What are your thoughts about the Melodifestivalen rehearsals? How do you think the show will go on Saturday night? As always, let us know what you think by getting in touch in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ on our social media – we are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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