Melodifestivalen 2022 continues tonight!!! We are here with Heat 4 coverage this evening, with the show coming from the Friends Arena for the first time this year. The final 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!!! Before the opening titles roll, Oscar and Farah explain that the charity money raised tonight will help those in Ukraine. Titles roll and we are welcomed by a performance from an unnamed act, who welcome Oscar Zia to the stage.
There is a smaller capacity been used in the Friends Arena tonight, unlike the Final. Farah introduces tonight’s line-up.
Anna Bergendahl – Higher Power
Anna Bergendahl represented Sweden at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest and is trying to return for a third time! Anna is dressed in what can only be described as a tan/beige outfit. There is a wild west/cowboy vibe surrounding “Higher Power”. Quite a dark performance and while upbeat, the performance isn’t as punchy as her last couple of participations.
Lillasyster – Till Our Days Are Over
Lillasyster return to try for a second year running. Not much tune to this performance and if they were inspired by Maneskin to try again, they’re not succeeding. A lot of flashing lights doesn’t help detract away from the shouty noise, which is suppose to be singing – sorry Lilasyster.
Malin Christin – Synd om dig
It’s our first Swedish language entry tonight. We start sitting at and playing a white piano. Malin is wearing an off-yellow outfit. The performance is taking place on the satellite stage, which makes Malin look very small with some of the camera angles. It doesn’t really get going until two-thirds in, which leaves the performance without a lot of substance.
Tenori – La Stella
Could we have an Italian inspired entry here? It’s very schlager too and would go down well in any EuroClub! Tenori are wearing black suits and have great connectivity with both the camera and the audience. Add in a pyro curtain, this is quite beautiful and such a pleasant surprise.
MEDINA – In i dimman
MEDINA have brought us another Swedish language entry. This is a very street/modern entry, which sounds like it should be joined by a gigantic male choir. Lighting is minimal, while barrels are on fire, on stage. More of a nightclub song, rater than a Eurovision song. It’s quite competitive too. Slight hints of a football anthem comes through too.
Angelino – The End
Red lighting dominates the start of this performance. Angelino dons a white/black outfit and is perched on a stall, on stage. He is up on his feet by the second verse. Sadly another entry tonight that doesn’t really get going and really does feel flat in places.
Klara Hammarström – Run To The Hills
Klara is another returning participant from last year. We have a brighter performance, lighting wise and a more upbeat performance, music wise. Klara is dressed like, what can only be described as Wonder Woman. While slightly repetitive, the overall feel of the performance is quite refreshing.
The first round of voting is ongoing with the first of tonight’s recaps.
Oscar takes to the stage for the first of the interval acts. He appears to carry one of the app ‘hearts’ – is this a song about the app? Swedish language speakers out there – please comment below and let us know!
The first song direct to the final is: Klara Hammarström – “Run To The Hills”
The second round of voting is open with another recap of the songs.
Voting is closed! Oscar performs a twist on MF/ESC tunes, before a number of other performers do the same.
We have got a historical throwback with some puppets/muppets.
The two songs in the semi finals are: Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power” & Lillasyster – “Till Our Days Are Over”
The second song direct to the final is: MEDINA – “In i dimman”
Author: Richard Taylor