According to Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet, Anna Bergendahl and Linda Bengtzing are returning to the 2022 edition of Melodifestivalen.
Singer Linda Bengtzing is reportedly taking part in the Swedish pre-selection for the eight-time. After her seven previous attempts (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2020) she is said to compete in Melodifestivalen 2022 one more time with a song that is in Swedish, “a really ‘Linda’-song that has a sound of 2022”.
Melodifestivalen 2010’s winner Anna Bergendahl is also allegedly taking part in this year’s edition of Sweden’s pre-selection. After winning the competition in 2010 she went on to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, where she failed to qualify for the final. After this, she took part in both 2019 and 2020. In 2020 she came third with her song “Kingdom Come”.
Aftonbladet also reports that an unknown duo named Tenori is also competing in Melodifestivalen 2022. According to their sources, the duo creates songs where they mix the elements of opera and pop.
This year Oscar Zia will be the host of Melodifestivalen 2022. Oscar has taken part in Melodifestivalen three times (2013, 2014, 2016). Last year he co-hosted Semi-Final 2 of Melodifestivalen with 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: SVT
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.