Melodifestivalen 2022: Guide For Semifinal 1!

Sweden’s national selection method kicks-off this Saturday. The show will last 6 weeks – 5 Semifinals and a Final. At the four semi-finals, we will see 28 acts but only 12 will make it to the final.

Semi-Final 1

Seven acts will try to win one of the two tickets for the Final. Those who will place third and fourth they’ll have a second chance on March 5, at the 5th Semifinal.

1. Maloy Prytz – Bananas

Malou Trasthe Prytz was born on March 6, 2003 in Småland, Sweden. She is a Swedish singer that started her career in late 2018, when she was announced as a participant of the 2019 edition of Melodifestivalen. At the Swedish show, she sang the song “I Do Me” and qualified directly to the final, where she placed 12th in the final. However, the song reached the 10th place in the Swedish charts. The following year, she competed again, this time with the song “Ballerina”. Her entry reached the second chance round, but didn’t make it to the final. Her first EP was release in 2019 by Warner Music.

2. Theoz – Som du vill

Theoz will debut this year at Mello. He is a young Swedish singer. He was born in July 16, 2005, in Linköping, Sweden.

3. Shirley Clamp – Let There Be Angels

Shirley Clamp was born on 17 February 1973, in Borås, Sweden. She started her career by doing backing vocals. Is noteworthy that she was one of the backing singers of Antiques during their Eurovision performance (Greece 2001). In 2003 she pursued a solo career and participated in Melodifestivalen, placing 6th in her semi. A year later, she competed again and advanced to the final through Second Chance round, placing 2nd. In 2005, her entry “Att Älskar Dig” placed 4th in the final. In total, she has competed six times in the Swedish national final as a singer and one as a composer. Her most recent participation was in 2014 with the song Burning Alive. Throughout the years she has released six solo albums.

4. Omar Rudberg – Moving Like That

Omar Josué Rudberg or simply Omar was born on November 12, 1998, in Venezuela. He is a singer, songwriter and actor. He moved to Sweden at the age of six. In 2010, he competed in the Swedish version of “Got Talent” and between 2013 and 2017 he was part of the boyband FO&O. The band competed in the 2017 Swedish national final – Melodifestivalen – and placed 11th in the final. After their participation, the band was disbanded and Omar pursued a solo career. In 2018, he released his first solo single and in 2019 he competed solo in Melodifestivalen being eliminated in his semi. His entry “Om, om och om igen” reached the 11th place on the Swedish charts. In 2021, he released an EP with covers and he also starred in the Netflix Original series “Young Royals”.

5. Danne Stråhed – Hallabaloo

Dan Peter Stråhed or simply Danne Stråhed was born on June 12, 1956, in Malmö, Sweden. He is a Swedish singer and songwriter.

6. Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer

Anna Cornelia Jakobsdotter Samuelsson or simply Cornelia Jakobs is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She was born on March 9, 1992, in Sweden. Her career started in 2008, when she competed in the Swedish version of Idol. She has in the past participated at Melodifestivalen as part of Love Generation both in 2011 and 2012. She remains part of the group, which now it is called “Stockholm Syndrome”.

7. Robin Bengtsson – Innocent Love

Robin Bengtsson was born on April 27, 1990 in Svenljunga, Sweden. In 2008, he participated in the Swedish version of Idol, placing 3rd. In 2016, he took part in Melodifestivalen with the song “Constellation Prize” and placed 5th. The following year, he took part again and won the national final with the song “I Can’t Go On”. He went to Eurovision and placed 5th in the final. In 2020, he returned to Mello, with the song “Take A Chance” and placed 8th in the final. In 2019, he competed in the Swedish version of “Strictly come dancing”. His parter at the show was Sigrid Bernson and they placed 5th. Robin has released one EP and 26 singles.

You can watch the semifinal live from SVT Play at 20:00 CET this Saturday here.

What do you think about the semifinal? Which act is your favourite? Write your thoughts in the comments below!

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