Stockholm, 5 March 2022
Hallå(baloo?), dear Eurovisionista’s, welcome to the first installement of ESCUnited’s Sweden reviews. If you’re only familiar with Andra Chansen, you’re in for a surprise. Sweden have replaced Andra Chansen with their brand-new semifinals which function quite differently.
In previous melfests, the eight second chancers would square off in production-aligned duels, where the act with the most votes would advance. SVT have now revamped their second chance round into semifinals: Each semifinal contains four second chancers, and the top two from each group advance to the final.
So basically the Semifinals is two mini-competitions in one.
The group distribution is as follows:
Group one will see Tone Sekelius, Alvaro Estrella, Danne Stråhed and Anna Bergendahl compete for two spots.
The second group had Theoz, Lisa Miskovsky, Lillasyster and Cazzi Opeia fighting for the last two finale slots.
The show was dedicated to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, with SVT holding a collection to support Ukraine. This follows the strong pro-Ukraine trend established by Germany’s national final yesterday.
After the semifinals were concluded the finalists were announced: Anna Bergendahl and Tone Sekelius qualified from the first group, while Theoz and Cazzi Opeia advanced from the second group. Interestingly, Tone and Cazzi, who placed fourth in their heats, beat the third placer from their heat (Alvaro and Lisa respecitvely).
With this show, all that remains for Melodifestivalen is to crown its winner next one, and it’ll be one of these 12:
- Cornelia Jakobs
- Robin Bengtsson
- John Lundvik
- Anders Bagge
- Faith Kakembo
- Klara Hammarström
- Anna Bergendahl
- Tone Sekelius
- Cazzi Opeia
We’ll get back at you once the running order has been made public.
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