Andra Chansen, the second chance round of Melodifestivalen, has been scrapped for the 2022 contest.
Melodifestivalen’s project manager Anette Brattström has confirmed to Aftonbladet that the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen has been scrapped. This is the first major change to the format of the Swedish Eurovision selection since 2007. Ms. Brattström explained that:
The purpose of the Second Chance from the beginning was that the artist would have the opportunity to redo their performance from the competition if you 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.
The replacement for Andra Chansen and its duels is a new semi-final. From each existing semi-final, two acts will qualify directly for the final, while two will go into the new semi-final. After all four semi-finals, the eight acts in the new semi-final will be split into two groups. From each group, the two songs that receive the most votes will progress to the final. According to Aftonbladet, the previous head-to-head duel format was widely disliked by participating artists and the music industry.
The dates of Melodifestivalen 2021 are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1: Malmö – Malmö Arena (February 5)
- Semi-Final 2: Gothenburg – Scandinavium (Feburary 12)
- Semi-Final 3: Linköping – Saab Arena (February 19)
- Semi-Final 4: Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena (February 26)
- Semi-Final 5: Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena (March 5)
- Final: Stockholm – Friends Arena (March 12)
This year Oscar Zia will host the 2022 edition of Melodifestivalen. Oscar has taken part in Melodifestivalen on three occasions. In 2013, he was a backing singer for Behrang Miri on the song “Jalla Dansa Sawa”. In 2014, he participated for the first time as a solo artist and finished eighth in the final with “Yes We Can”. That same year, he was a member of the Swedish jury for Eurovision 2014. In 2016, he took part as a solo singer again with “Human” and finished second in the final. Last year, he hosted Semi-Final 2 of Melodifestivalen alongside Christer Björkman and Anis Don Demina.
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Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.