Anette Brattström, Project Manager for Melodifestivalen, has confirmed to Aftonbladet that the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen will be scrapped in 2022, and will instead be replaced by another semi final.
"The purpose of the Second Chance from the beginning was that the artist would have the opportunity to redo their performance from the competition if you felt that there was something to do differently. But today, almost everything is rehearsed to perfection so there are no major changes made. Almost no one wants to make changes and then the idea of Second Chance fails."
Taking the place of the Andra Chansen round will be a new semi final that will work in a similar way. As before, two acts from each of the four semi finals will qualify directly to the final, with a further two acts advancing to the new semi final. All of the eight acts in the new semi final will be divided into two groups. The two songs from each group which receive the most points will advance to the final.
When asked about the changes to Melodifestivalen, and the loss of Andra Chansen, Anette Brattström reveals: “That’s right. Every year we like to review the format and make as exciting an experience as possible for our viewers and followers in the app. We thought that the Second Chance round and the format with duels needed to be reviewed. An escalation before a final is a semi-final so it was quite a given that that was what we were going to do.”
Since the introduction of the Andra Chansen round, it has been reported by Aftonbladet that its head-to-head duel system was widely disliked by the artists themselves and the music industry.
Melodifestivalen has taken place almost every year since 1959, and has become one of Europe’s biggest and most loved Eurovision national finals. Throughout the years, the show has undergone many changes, from the introduction of semi finals in 2002 to the introduction of the Andra Chansen round in 2007.
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