Previous Melodifestivalen winner John Lundvik and past participant Malou Prytz are reportedly returning to Melodifestivalen for 2022.
Singer and songwriter John Lundvik is reported by Aftonbladet to be one of the acts that will compete in next year Melodifestivalen. The singer is said to be “eager” to return to the contest. In 2019 John Lundvik won Melodifestivalen 2019 along with his backing singer who would later become the standalone act “The Mamas“, with the song “Too Late For Love” and went on to represent Sweden at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The Mamas would go on to win the following edition of Melodifestivalen in 2020 but would not represent Sweden at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 due to the pandemic. That same year John Lundvik was among one of the songwriters behind the French entry for the contest. John Lundvik first took part in Melodifestivalen back in 2018 with the song “My turn” which ended up coming third overall.
In addition singers, Malou Prytz who competed in Melodifestivalen 2019 and 2020 already, newcomer Cazzi Opeia and Tic Tok star Theoz are also reported to be taking part in the contest. Malou Prytz is well known to fans of Melodifestivalen thanks to taking part in the contest two times in the past with “I Do Me” and “Ballerina”. Cazzi Opeia would be new to the contest should she take past, the singer has been a songwriter for many K-pop acts including Twice and BTS. Theoz has appeared at Melodifestivalen but only as a dancer on an LED screen that formed part of that staging for Samir & Viktor’s entry “Shuffla” in 2018.
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. The dates of Melodifestivalen 2022 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 4: Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena (March 5)
- Final: Stockholm – Friends Arena (March 12)
Source: Aftonbladet | Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.