Get your blue and yellow face paint on, throw on a Viking helmet and get ready to yell “Nu kör vi!”. Tonight Melodifestivalen 2018, Sweden’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Karlstad.
Seven acts will step on to the stage. Two will qualify direct to the final in Stockholm at Friends Arena, whilst two will have to do battle again at Andra Chansen in Kristianstad. The other three will sadly leave the competition.
On Wednesday we asked who you wanted to win the semi-final, based on the snippets and rehearsal footage, and you gave an emphatic result: Benjamin Ingrosso with 37% of the vote.
Such a strong reaction suggests he’s almost guaranteed a ticket to the final. Your favourite to win the semi-final last year, Ace Wilder, only managed to garner 29% of votes cast.
Things have changed since we asked who you’re most excited for however. Renaida has moved up a spot based on her rehearsal footage into second place (23%), passing third place (14%) Kamferdrops in the process.
There may even be some drama for Kamferdrops. Aftonbladet reports that her song, “Solen lever kvar hos dig” appears to have been available online since 2009. SVT are looking in to the issue and this may lead to the song being disqualified. It’s Anna Book-gate all over again, y’all!
Audience poll winner John Lundvik rounds out your top four with 10% of votes, with Sigrid Bernson snapping at his heels in fifth on 9%, comedian Edward Blom in sixth on 3% and Mello legend Kikki Danielsson bringing up the rear in seventh on 3% with “Osby Tennessee”.
- Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”: 680 votes 37%
- Renaida – “All the Feels”: 424 votes 23%
- Kamferdrops – “Solen lever kvar hos dig”: 258 votes 14%
- John Lundvik – “My Turn”: 184 votes 10%
- Sigrid Bernson with “Patrick Swayze”: 169 votes 9%
- Edward Blom – “Livet på en pinne”: 64 votes 3%
- Kikki Danielsson – “Osby Tennessee”: 63 vores 3%
Total Votes: 1,842
Eurofans will be able to watch the show live on SVT Play from 20:00 CET. Previous Mello finalist David Lindgren becomes the first solo host of the show since 2009.
You can watch our man-on-the-ground Kevin’s preview of tonight’s show, with in depth analysis of all of the songs and acts below:
Who is your favourite to win tonight’s semi-final? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.