Melodifestivalen 2018: Margaret should win Semi-Final 2 in Gothenburg


Last week Melodifestivalen 2018 kicked off in Karlstad and tonight things continues as Semi-Final 2 takes place at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium. From 20:00 CET, seven more acts will step onto the stage, all hoping to win a ticket direkt til final — or failing that, a place in the deadly duels of Andra Chansen on March 3.

Yesterday, we asked you who you think should win Semi-Final 2, taking into account the 60-second snippets and rehearsal footage.

Unlike the Swedish audience poll, our poll delivered a clear victory for Margaret, who won 34% of all votes cast, almost ten percent clear of next nearest rivals Samir & Viktor who won 26% of votes. Those scores would — if replicated tonight — guarantee both a place at the Melodifestivalen final at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Our readers suggest LIAMOO – who has the closing slot in tonight’s show – will be the first act headed to Andra Chansen with 19% of votes. Melodifestivalen 2016 act Mimi Werner takes the other place on 11%.

The bottom three acts: Ida Redig (7%), Stiko Per Larsson (2%) and Jonas Gardell (1%) failed to break into double figures. It should be noted all three are singing in Swedish, so while their international appeal to our audience may be more muted, they may perform better with only Swedes voting tonight.

The Semi-Final 2 snippets and rehearsal footage does appear to have affected your outlook for tonight.

When we asked you who you were most excited for, Margaret won a landslide with 45% of the vote, LIAMOO placed second on 19%, Samir & Viktor placed third on 15% and Mimi Werner followed on 12%.


  1. Margaret with “In My Cabana” — 534 votes (34%)
  2. Samir & Viktor with “Shuffla” — 417 votes (26%)
  3. LIAMOO with “Last Breath” — 302 votes (19%)
  4. Mimi Werner with “Songburning” — 174 votes (11%)
  5. Ida Redig with “Allting som vi sa” — 105 votes (7%)
  6. Stiko Per Larsson with “Titta vi flyger” — 24 votes (2%)
  7. Jonas Gardellwith “Det finns en väg” — 18 votes (1%)

Total Votes: 1,574

Semi-Final 2 airs live on SVT 1 from 20:00 CET. You can watch the show, hosted by David Lindgren, here.