Melodifestivalen 2022 continues tonight!!! We are here with Heat 3 coverage this evening, with the show coming from the Avicii Arena for the final time this year. The third set of 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 third set of 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!!! Oscar Zia starts the show talking to the Melodifestivalen backing singers. Run titles! Oscar is joined by Johanna Nordstrom on stage at the start of the show. Johanna introduces Farah Abadi, the Green Room host, who introduces tonight’s acts.
Cazzo Opeia – I Can’t Get Enough
Cazzo is dressed in an over-the-top outfit, reminiscent of Dolly Style. Joined by four backing dancers, she is giving a 1990’s pop vibe. Vibrant lighting is used throughout, with a myriad of backing projections including floating clouds. A good upbeat opener.
Lancelot – Lyckligt slut
Lancelot bring us the first of two Swedish entries tonight. This is more of your pub singer with their band. It’s certainly a slowed down number after Cazzo. Lighting is minimal with just standing strips of bulbs around the stage. Quite a nice, easy listening number.
Lisa Miskovsky – Best to Come
Lisa is back after a few years with a rather grown up number. She has a guitar in hand, standing in front of a supporting band. Lisa is dressed in a glittery outfit. Supporting backing artists seem to be walking around the stage, rather than dancing.
Tribe Friday – Shut Me Up
Tribe Friday are providing a more upbeat rock number – with questionable outfits that define a unique identity, which could work in their favour. The song is very repetitive. The backing projections makes me think of Carnaby Street, in 1960’s London.
Faith Kakembo – Freedom
We start with a silohuette of Faith before she is revealed in a sparkly pink dress. Vocally stunning, Faith has the connectivity with both the camera and audience. Six backing singers join her on stage, but not until about half way through. Very gospel sounding.
Linda Bengtzing – Fyrfaldigt hurra!
Melodifestivalen legend and finalist on many occasions, Linda Bengtzing, is back – with the second Swedish language song of tonight! She is wearing an over-the-top orange number – including jewels and feathers. The four backing dancers are in hot pink. Linda interacts with the audience – literally. This is an upbeat, Euroclub worthy tune.
Anders Bagge – Bigger Than The Universe
Anders is a Swedish personality, but not really known for his singing. While the overall performance looks slighty awkward, his voice is very confident AND sounds youthful in various places. The backing projection flies throughout a mystical landscape. Anders could go far…
The first round of voting is ongoing with the first of tonight’s recaps.
Johanna is performing a Eurovision song of past, but in a Melodifestivalen twist – yet I can’t put my finger on the original. The first round of voting is now closed. We go back in Melodifestivalen time and leopard print…
The first song direct to the final is: Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe”
Frans of 2016 is here and he is all grown up! The second round of voting is open with another recap of the songs.
Voting is closed! Oscar takes to the stage with “Human”.
We have got a historical throwback with some puppets/muppets.
The two songs in the semi finals are: Lisa Miskovsky – “Best to Come” & Cazzo Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”
The second song direct to the final is: Faith Kakembo – “Freedom”
Author: Richard Taylor