Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-final 2: song excerpts

Last week, the first round of Melodi Festival 2022 kick-off: Cornelia Jakobs and Robin Bengtsson went DTF, while Omar Rudberg was (much to the shock) eliminated. This Saturday, seven other groups will perform their songs in Heat two of Mello 2022, and today you can listen to one-minute samples of all the songs.

Seven acts are ready to take the stage at the Avicii Arena. Two of them will win tickets straight to the finalwhile two more will be sent to the revamped second-chance semi-finals.

As always, each contestant’s full songs are kept under lock and key until the actual performances. Listen to each of them below. Then scroll down to let us know which song caught your eye by voting in our poll.

Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat two excerpts

Click on the song titles to listen to samples.

Poll: Who should win Round 2 of Melodifestivalen 2022?

You can vote for as many songs as you want. But as always, you can only vote Once – so make it count!

Melodifestivalen 2022: Heat 2 first reactions

Yesterday, wiwiblogger Robyn had the chance to listen to the full songs for the first time. Keep in mind that media listening sessions involve studio versions of competing songs being played via video call. It is not the same as the experience of seeing the song performed live. Here are his thoughts:

Liamoo – “Bluffin'”

Liamoo stays in its comfort zone – and things are very comfortable the. “Bluffin'” is a cool, R&B-infused pop track. It has a hint of a pop-drop chorus, but it never takes the limelight away from Liamoo. The choir makes the most of the rule of pre-recorded choirs, with offbeat deep vocals adding a contemporary flavor. The dynamics are excellent, with plenty of potential for dramatic moments with the staging. Personally, I love this kind of music and this is my favorite track of this week. If the live performance is equally fierce, I expect it to be a serious contender to the DTF.

Niello & Lisa Ajax – “Tror du att jag bryr mig”

It’s very different from the kind of songs that Lisa Ajax has already brought to Melfest. Here, she does not play the diva. She is very much in partnership with Niello, supporting his contribution and bringing her own flavor. The song is about estranged lovers, each insisting (a little too much) that they no longer care about the other. But this largely involves the Swedish lyrics which are unlikely to be released to an international audience. The live performance should add more to the story, with the two exes playing against each other.

Samira Manners – “I want to be loved”

Samira was born and raised in Sweden, but she has an English father and sings with a strong English accent, a kind of London folky-pop. The song is that kind of flimsy folk-pop that was big about five years ago. The song begins to build, but never gets much further than the chorus’ central lyric (“I want to be loved…”). I’m afraid he doesn’t stand out enough on Saturday’s live show.

Alvaro Estrella – “Suave”

“Suave” feels like it was written in 2017, in the hype of “Despacito,” and waited for an artist. There’s a lot going on here. It starts out as a pretty ordinary dance-pop song, then suddenly RAVE HORNS and things get Latin. The Spanish lyrics sound a bit cheesy, but the whole song is pleasantly cheesy. We know Alvaro is a seasoned and confident performer, so when it comes to Latin-inspired dance-pop songs, “Suave” is likely to end up being more polished and approachable than Omar Rudberg’s “Moving Like That.” Maybe until the second chance semi-final.

Navigation Collection – “Face in the Crowd”

“Face in the Crowd” reminded me of the cool girl-fronted grunge rock bands that existed in the 90s, but there’s also a lot of influence from 2000s emo rock, as well as flavors of punk- pop in the chorus. There’s a lot of attitude, but something was missing – and I suspect that’s just the extra energy that will come when the band performs the song live. So I’m waiting to see what the live performance looks like.

John Lundvik – “Änglavakt”

I feel like that’s the kind of song that John Lundvik enjoys the most. It’s a sentimental, romantic ballad, with no sense of trying to be a Eurovision killer. As a ballad, it seems to build a big chorus, but it never quite goes. I suspect the strongest part is the sweet, romantic lyrics – but those will mostly be lost on international audiences. Being a work by John Lundvik, it’s well written and well performed, but it doesn’t seem to be in contention for Turin.

Tone Sekelius – “My Path”

Tone is a trans woman and is the first transgender person to participate in Melodifestivalen. His song is a hymn to empowerment, to finding strength and self-confidence, even in a difficult world. Tone isn’t the most powerful vocalist and “My Way” isn’t a trendy modern pop hit, but she absolutely sells it and has what it takes to create a magical Mello moment. I suspect the live performance will add more depth and emotion and may emphasize the message even more.

What do you think of the heat two snippets of Melodi Festival 2022? Who stands out on first listen? Sound off in the comments below!

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