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Melodifestivalen 2022: The Rumours So Far ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

The latest rumours from Sweden’s renowned national final

As we approach the annual reveal of the singers competing on SVT’s ‘crรจme de la crรจme’ entertainment format Melodifestivalen, top Swedish publication Aftonbladet are compiling their predicted list of the artists expected to hit the stage in the new year. Among them? Former Eurovision and Melfest favourites, and newcomers on the rise. The winner will of course go on to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2022 in Turin. So let’s begin.

The Familiar Faces

Liamoo

Former Swedish Idol Winner Liamoo (Liam Cacatian Thomassen) is expected to make his big return to Melfest after a 3-year absence. You will recall his debut entry in 2018 with “Last Breath” – which placed sixth in the Grand Final, he returned a year later in 2019 to perform “Hold You” with Hanna Ferm. The song went on to become a radio hit in Sweden and placed third in the Melfest Grand Final.

Liamoo’s newest release “Dark” has some familiar faces in its songwriting team, Dino Medanhodzic the mastermind behind Dotter’s “Bulletproof” and “Little Tot”, Dotter herself and Melfest songwriting veteran Linnea Deb, could we see them behind his Melfest 2022 entry as well? It makes sense… Dotter and Liamoo were both spotted at the Mello Songwriting Camp back in the summer.

Robin Bengtsson

After his Melodifestivalen 2017 victory, Robin represented Sweden at Eurovision in Kyiv with “I Can’t Go On” and placed fifth in the grand final, now it’s reported that he will once again be returning to the Melfest stage, for his fourth appearance…

He made his initial Mello debut back in 2016 with “Constellation Prize” which placed fifth, and he has become somewhat of a safe bet to return to the Melfest stage every few years. Aftonbladet states that his entry for the upcoming edition is a strong pop number, so no doubt he could comfortably claim yet another Grand Final place to add to his collection. Robin last competed in 2020 with “Take A Chance” which placed eighth in the final.

It should be noted that not all artists enter Melodifestivalen with Eurovision in mind, it’s a hugely popular show and one that can guarantee competing artists with a fairly easy radio hit.

Klara Hammarstrรถm

Making her debut Mello appearance in 2020 with “Nobody” sadly it wasn’t to be for Klara, she placed Fifth in the semi-final thus not advancing any further. Despite the result on the night, it remains a popular song with fans.

Klara didn’t have long to wait for her Melfest redemption however, returning to the competition in 2021 with “Beat of Broken Hearts” – she placed fourth in her semi-final, and advanced to Andra Chansen (the second chance round) where she beat off competition from Efraim Leo to bag herself a place in the grand final, in the end, she finished sixth and “Beat of Broken Hearts” charted at #10 in Sweden. After such a vast improvement in a year, it wouldn’t come as a major shock to see Klara back for 2022.

Alvaro Estrella

Aftonbladet also lists Alvaro Estrella as a potential artist for Mello 2022, he made his Melfest debut back in 2014 with “Bedroom” which failed to advance from its semi-final. It was his collaboration with Mendez in 2020 with “Vamos Amigos” that brought him a change of fortunes in the competition, advancing to Andra Chansen they later beat Drรคngarna to win a spot in the Grand Final. Despite placing next to last in the Grand Final it brought the much-needed party atmosphere to the final.

Earlier this year he returned to the Melfest stage, this time as a solo artist with the Latin pop track “Baila Baila” – again advancing to Andra Chansen, and winning his duel. He placed tenth in the grand final.

It is extremely uncommon for Melodifestivalen acts to return three consecutive years in a row, so many fans will no doubt question if both Klara and Alvaro need to compete again so soon.

John Lundvik

Before representing Sweden in Tel Aviv and placing fifth in the Grand Final, John won Melodifestivalen in 2019 with “Too Late For Love”, after a successful debut appearance the year previous in 2018 with “My Turn” – now Aftonbladet reports that John Lundvik will be heading back to the Melfest stage in 2022. (Most likely without The Mammas)

You can bet on John being a jury favourite if he returns once again, but will the televote be as eager to back such a recent winner again after such little time has passed since his victory in 2019? Time will tell.

Malou Prytz

At just 18 years old it is crazy to think that Malou has already two Melfest appearances behind her, now it is reported that she is hoping that it is the third time lucky for her in 2022. Debuting at Melfest in 2019 with the bubblegum pop track “I Do Me” at just 15 years old, she beat some veteran performers to advance directly to the final. Eventually “I Do Me” placed last in the grand final, but it was still a top 10 hit in Sweden – a wonderful achievement for such a young artist.

In 2020 it was announced that she would once again return to the Melfest stage, this time to perform “Ballerina” – the song drew comparisons to Sia both musically and visually. She placed third in her semi-final, advancing to Andra Chansen where she, unfortunately, lost her duel against Paul Rey. We have high hopes that Malou could go all the way one day. Could 2022 be her year?

Linda Bengtzing

Earning her place as a Melodifestivalen veteran, Linda Bengtzing is said to be back for the eighth time in the contest. Despite first competing all the way back in 2005, she’s never lifted the Melfest trophy. Her most recent appearance was in 2020 – her song ‘Alla mina sorger’ didn’t make it past the semi-final, placing 6th.

Sources have said that she’ll be bringing another Swedish song to the competition this year, described as ‘a real Linda song but one which feels like 2022’. Will it be eighth time lucky for Linda?

Anna Bergendahl

12 years on from becoming the only Swedish act to not qualify for the final of Eurovision in 2010, Anna Bergendahl is said to be returning to Melfest for the fourth time. She made her comeback in 2019 with ‘Ashes to Ashes’, placing 10th in the final. In 2020, she returned again – ‘Kingdom Come’ was a fan favourite, eventually placing 3rd.

Will Anna once again go all the way and lift the trophy in 2022? It’s likely she’ll have a strong backing from fans, who always welcome her back to the contest. If her entry is anything like her recent ones, she may be a potential winner.

The Newcomers

Angelino

Relative newcomer Angelino could be set for his big break at Melfest 2022 according to Aftonbladet, he will reportedly debut at the competition with a track from the acclaimed songwriter Thomas Stengaard, you may recall Thomas as one of the songwriters behind Denmark’s 2013 Eurovision winning entry “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest – he also has a writing credit on Cyprus’s 2021 entry “El Diablo” by Elena Tsagrinou.

Angelino is perhaps best known for his online covers, but he has recently released his debut EP “Livingroom Sessions” – the most popular track appearing to be “Jessie’s Girl” – with a competent live vocal and a respected songwriter behind the rumoured entry, he could be one to watch in 2022.

Lance Hedman

Lance Hedman (Lance Hedman Graaf) is perhaps best known as being one half of the duo Lance & Linton who have enjoyed success on streaming platforms, and radio, their tracks “Sunshine” and “Best Time’s Right Now” have gathered over 14 million streams on Spotify. Now Aftonbladet reports that Lance will be going solo for Melfest 2022.

He comes from a well-known family, his father is footballer Magnus Hedman, while his mother Magdalena Graaf is an iconic model, television personality and singer. Aftonbladet’s source claims that his upcoming entry for Melfest is completely different to what he has done before, hinting that it could be a move away from the upbeat dance tracks that Lance & Linton are known for.

Theoz

He is a social media superstar and at just 16 years old, Aftonbladet has included Theoz on their list of artists for Melodifestivalen 2022. You may recall his on-screen cameo during the performance of Samir and Viktor’s “Shuffla” back in Melfest 2018. But now he will have the space to shine on his own.

We all know the importance that TikTok plays when it comes to Eurovision nowadays, it is an important app to use to help get a viral hit the mainstream exposure it deserves. Theoz who boasts 2 million followers on the app could definitely use this following to his advantage for Melfest, so for this alone he is surely one to watch.

Cazzi Opeia

Cazzi Opeia (Real name: Moa Carlebecker) is an established songwriter with international success. If you’re a K-Pop addict, you may recognise some of her finest work. From “We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal” by BTS, to “Icy” by Itzy and “Queendom” by Red Velvet (and many, many more…)

Now Aftonbladet reports that Cazzi will be centre stage herself as an artist at Melfest 2022, and their source claims that her entry is “really strong” – we know that sometimes established songwriters can fade out on the main stage themselves, so here’s hoping that Cazzi can leave her mark on the competition.

Medina

Hip Hop and Rap duo Medina look to be taking to the stage at Melodifestivalen 2022. They were formed in 2003 but stopped making music in 2015. The duo consisting of Sami Rekik and Ali Jammali are rumoured to have reunited in the last year, with plans to make their comeback at the contest. Sources tell Aftonbladet that their song is a ‘great party song’ and ‘a real hit’.

You may recognise Sami – he and WAHL participated in Melodifestivalen 2021 with ’90-talet’. Despite only placing 6th in its semi-final, it became a huge streaming hit in Sweden. The result didn’t seem to bother Sami, whose positive experience at the contest is rumoured to be the reason Medina have decided to get back together and enter in 2022.

Tenori

There isn’t a lot of information out there about Tenori, but their music appears to be mainly opera based. Seemingly composed of English singer Alexander Grove and Swedish singer Kalle Leander, the pair are rumoured to be setting their sights on Melodifestivalen, according to Aftonbladet.

Their song is said to be ‘modern opera’, whilst also sounding like something by the Pet Shop Boys or Erasure. Aftonbladet’s source claims that it wouldn’t be a surprise if they ended up in the final. Could Sweden be returning to the pop-opera sound they selected back in 2009 with ‘La Voix’ by Malena Ernman?

Who would you like to see competing at Melodifestivalen 2022? More artists will no doubt be added to Aftonbladet’s list in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out on that and make sure to follow Eurobuzz across all of our social media platforms as the build-up continues.

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