Melodifestivalen 2022 concludes this weekend!!! We are here with Dress Rehearsal 1 coverage of the Grand Final this evening, with the show coming from the Friends Arena for the third and final time this year. The first and second placed acts from each Heat return tonight, along with the four winners from last weekend’s Semi Final round.
So join me, Richard, from 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET, as we discover how this year’s Grand Final will look like, without an actual winner. 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!!! There are approximately 10,000 people in the audience tonight – the biggest crowd they have had during the tour so far, due to restrictions. Tomorrow night, the audience will be even larger. With the tradition Eurovision theme music, the hosts are marched into the arena. Farah is wearing a black dress, while Oscar is in a velvety pink suit, with a blue shirt.
Tonight’s Finalists are been introduced to the audience. Oscar and Farah welcome us to the show. They go through the voting details and how the votes will be presented. International viewers are welcomed too.
1. Run To The Hills – Klara Hammarström
The performance of Run To The Hills has not altered since Klara performed in the Heat. Klara is wearing the same fiery coloured dress. The backing dancer that Klara interacts with is in exactly the same dress, however it is in greens and blues, rather than the fiery colours. A strong start to the evening.
2. Som du vill – THEOZ
THEOZ is providing a very confident performance for his first Melodifestivalen Final appearance. While in the foreground, his four backing dancers are behind the screens, appearing as shadows, before joining THEOZ in the foreground. While the dancers are in mustard coloured tracksuits, THEOZ is in the same blue/purple tracksuit from the Heat.
Oscar visits the English commentators ahead of the next Act.
3. Higher Power – Anna Bergendahl
Anna is back with the same cowboy-esque outfit and stage production. Anna has strong connectivity with boith the camera and the audience. Higher Power deserves to do well and in any other year it could win, however it is up against some strong competition tonight.
4. Änglavakt – John Lundvik
While it is nice to have a Swedish sang song in the Melodifestivalen Final, this has proven not what the audience want. The overall performance is very simple, yet John knows how to connect with the camera and the audience. The end of the song sort of suddenly happens, rather than a natural end.
5. My Way – Tone Sekelius
Tone is wearing the same outfit like the Heat, as do the backing dancers. This is a powerful performance and while I’d have to pick them out, there are a couple of lines of lyrics that are slightly political and could be in reference to Ukraine – something that hasn’t happened in Melodifestivalen in 20 plus years. Personally, I think this will do well.
6. Bigger Than The Universe – Anders Bagge
Anders has worked greatly on his connectivity and you can see the emotion within his face. Anders also looks like he is thoroughly enjoying the three minutes, which should resonate well. While International Juries should go for this, I can see some of the age group categories in the app sending their votes else where. Personally, I feel Anders does deserve to do well.
7. Innocent Love – Robin Bengtsson
Robin has changed the open white shirt from the Heat to a black one over the white t-shirt. This is one of the more upbeat and high octane performances of the evening so far. He is joined on the main stage by a drummer and guitarist, although Robin frequents the satellite stage a lot too. I feel there is slightly too much connectivity with the camera. I’d be surprised if we see Robin again at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
8. Freedom – Faith Kakembo
Another simple, yet effective stage performance. Faith is dressed in the same glitzy hot pink dress. Two thirds through, Faith is joined by six backing singers – all in burgundy. Connectivity isn’t an issue for Faith and like with Anna, if this was in any other year, “Freedom” could’ve been a winner.
9. Bluffin – LIAMOO
LIAMOO is on stage with more a modern beat. Lighting is a striking purple/blue/black combo. For the Final he is joined by four dancers part way through the song. I do feel “Bluffin” is quite repetitive, although it is likely to gain points from the younger voters using the app.
10. Hold Me Closer – Cornelia Jakobs
Some clever camera production is used at the start of Corneilia’s performance – one minute she’s facing the stage and then the audience. She has a giant green moon behind her – but not as giant as Spain’s moon at Eurovision last year in Rotterdam. Corneilia knows where to put the emotion in this performance and knows where she needs to connect with the camera and audience. Corneilia has proved while she is a favourite.
11. I Can’t Get Enough – Cazzi Opeia
Cazzi brings back the Dolly Style vibe to her outfit. Her backing dancers are just as brightly dressed, although the strobe lighting doesn’t make this obvious to begin with. It is a fun number and I can see someone coming up with a viral dance routine to perform alongside this. However, looking at the competition, I’d question where the votes will come from.
12. In i dimman – MEDINA
MEDINA are two men having the time of their life and while I can see this more of a football chant tune rather than a Melodifestivalen song. Having said that, it is a great tune to end the main part of the Contest with. If I’m not mistaken, it’s only taken us until song twelve before we see pyrotechnics too. Certainly a party atmosphere with the six backing dancers.
Oscar has a quick chat with the Acts from tonight, before opening the voting, with a recap of the performances.
Voting has now closed. Oscar provides the Interval Act. We are now looking ahead to the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, in Turin.
We shall leave the Live Blog here as the fake voting has started. Don’t forget to tune in via SVT Play tomorrow night at the same time, when the real results are announced – and a winner to represent Sweden in Turin!
Author: Richard Taylor