Melodifestivalen 2022 begins tonight!!! We are here with Heat 1 coverage this evening, with the show coming from the Avicii Arena. The first set seven acts from twenty eight will take part tonight.
So join me, Richard, from 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET, as we discover who the first two finalists will be. You know what to do by now, refresh regularly to see what we have to say in our #LiveBlog.
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Nu kör vi!!! After the famous trophy goes on a tour of the country, we are greeted by Tusse and “A Million Voices”. Oscar Zia joins him before he takes on hosting duties.
Farah Abadi appears to be a Green Room host and introduces tonight’s line-up. Oscar then goes through the voting details.
Malou Prytz - Bananas
Malou is giving attitude tonight! She is joined by backing dancers and a drummer. For some reason the performance is screaming 1960’s London at me. It’s bright, it’s eye-catching – this opener is great.
THEOZ – Som du vill
OK, Farah appears in all the postcards too. THEOZ is performing a very upbeat Swedish language number. While dressed in purple, he is joined by four backing dancers in orange. It does seem to be quite repetitive in places. It is lively and the crowd do enjoy it.
Oscar isn’t coping well with the off script additions.
Shirley Clamp – Let there be Angels
Shirley is back! This time it’s with a strong ballad. She is purely lit rather than the stage. Shirley is wearing a green top – which matches the lighting. The second chorus sees the stage revealed fully with neutral lighting. Could do with a wind machine.
Omar Rudberg – Moving Like That
You may recognise Omar as a member of FO&O. Omar is wearing a very glittery top for a rather chilled out anthem. He is joined by two backing dancers dressed in faux-leather. While it gets going, it doesn’t really turn out to be much of a summer anthem, which one expected.
Danne Stråhed – Hallabaloo
Danne is surrounded on stage with what could be an Irish pub band. There is certainly a fun atmosphere with this Swedish language entry. To be honest, while this isn’t your typical scandi party anthem, there is something about “Hallaboo” that should attract all ages.
Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer
Cornelia is sat on the stage to begin with, before rising. She is in a black jewel encrusted dress. The entry sounds like it wants to be more upbeat than it actual gets. She expresses emotion, although her voice sounds quite harsh in places. Green lighting is used throughout until the end, when red is used.
Robin Bengtsson - Innocent Love
Have Melodifestivalen saved the best until last tonight? Robin, dressed in an open white shirt and black trousers, is joined on stage by a guitarist. This is an instant Euroclub tune! This is the party anthem we have been waiting for tonight and Robin can keep the vocals going throughout. Robin knows how to connect to the audience after the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, in Kyiv.
The first round of voting is ongoing with the first of tonight’s recaps.
Oscar Zia is now giving us a song after a monologue. The song is in the tune of Sanna Nielsen’s “Empty Room”. Round one of voting has closed.
The first song direct to the final is: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
The second round of voting is open with another recap of the songs.
Eric Saade joins us for another interval, with his medley of Melodifestivalen hits. The second round of voting will close during this performance.
Eric has been inducted to the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame.
We have got a historical throwback with some puppets/muppets.
The two songs in the semi finals are: Danne Stråhed – “Hallabaloo” & THEOZ – “Som du vill”.
The first song direct to the final is: Robin Bengtsson - “Innocent Love”
Author: Richard Taylor