She made the top three in her debut year at Melodifestivalen and last year returned to the competition, finishing fourth in the final at Friens Arena with “A Million Years”. And one year on Mariette has become the act you’re most excited for at Melodifestivalen 2018 Semi-Final 4 in Örnsköldsvik.
In fact Mariette won yesterday’s flash poll by the widest margin this year. She won 80% of all votes cast – 64% clear of her nearest rival – suggesting expectations are sky high for her entry “For You” and the performance she’ll give at the Fjällräven Center on Saturday night.
The other acts you were most excited for – Dotter, Margaret and Benjamin Ingrosso – ranged from 26-17% clear of the second place acts in the polls. This result suggests Mariette is a firm lock for one of the two spots direkt til final.
Felix Sandman, who’s been battling a cold during rehearsals, is Mariette’s nearest rival but only managed to capture 6% of votes. He’s followed in third by dansband Rolandz who managed to take 4% and newcomer Olivia Eliasson matched them on 4% also.
Musical theatre star Emmi Christensson took 3%, 16-year-old star Elias Abbas won 2% and Melfest 2013 alum Felicia Olsson came bottom of the table on 2%.
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2018 SEMI-FINAL 4 ACT YOU’RE MOST EXCITED FOR RESULTS
- Mariette with “For You” 625 (80%)
- Felix Sandman with “Every Single Day” 49 (6%)
- Rolandz with “Fuldans” 28 (4%)
- Olivia Eliasson with “Never Learn” 28 (4%)
- Emmi Christensson with “Icarus” 21 (3%)
- Elias Abbas with “Mitt paradis” 15 (2%)
- Felicia Olsson with”Break That Chain” 13 (2%)
All eyes now turn to SVT as fans eagerly await the release of the first snippets of the songs and clips from rehearsals. Once they’re out we’ll release a new poll, asking who you think should win Semi-Final 4.
The last performance of the competition is traditionally reserved for a prestigious returning act – the past three acts were Loreen, Molly Sandén and Mäns Zelmerlöw – but it has proved a poisoned chalice, with Loreen knocked out in her duel at Andra Chansen and Molly Sandén finishing mid-table in the final.
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