Melodifestivalen: Ace Wilder should win the first semifinal

Slip into something blue and yellow, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move! Tonight the first semi-final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2017 takes place in the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg. You can watch the show live on SVT Play from 20:00 CET. 

Yesterday we asked you to vote for your favourites to win the semifinal and qualify direkt till final. After counting 1,975 votes, we can now reveal that “Wild Child” singer Ace Wilder is our readers’ favourite to win, having secured 29% of all votes.

Prior to the reveal of rehearsal footage on Thursday, she was also the act our readers were most looking forward to seeing from the artists competing in the first semifinal.

The other artist our readers would like to see advance is Nano, a former prisoner who has turned his life around through music and who will debut at Melodifestivalen this evening. He earned 25% of all the votes.

Last night, following the dress rehearsal, he also won the audience poll, conducted by Sweden’s Melodifestivalklubben immediately after the rehearsal inside the arena.

If our readers were to decide, Dinah Nah and Adrijana would be given a second chance and be sent to Andra Chansen.

Dinah Nah had to go through the Andra Chansen round back in 2015, when she competed with “Make Me (La La La)”. By beating Dolly Style, she made it to the final, but finished last with 22 points. Now she is ready to give us “One More Night”. Dinah earned 18% of all votes cast.

Adrijana is another debutant in this year’s Melfest. Her song “Amare” is in Swedish, despite its title, which means “love” in Latin. She secured 202 votes — or around 10%. You can read our interview with her here.

This means we would be saying hejdå to Melfest 2016 finalist Boris René, two-time Melodifestivalen winner Charlotte Perrelli and humor group De Vet Du.

However, our sources on-the-ground in Sweden believe that Boris will be battling with Ace for a spot in the final, with Nano the clear favourite to win tonight. Boris came second in the Melodifestivalklubben poll.

Poll results: Who should win semi-final 1 of Melodifestivalen 2017?

1. Ace Wilder with “Wild Child” 29% (578 votes)
2. Nano with “Hold On” 27% (537 votes)
3. Dinah Nah with “One More Night” 18% (365 votes)
4. Adrijana with “Amare” 10% (202 votes)
5. Boris René with “Her Kiss” 6% (113 votes)
6. Charlotte Perrelli with “Mitt liv” 5% (107 votes)
7. De Vet Du with “Road Trip” 4% (73 votes)