Last night’s semi-final results at Melodifestivalen must have been a surprise for Ellen Benediktson too. It’s the only explanation for why quiet-and-demure Ellen turned into a party animal after leaving Malmö Arena. The 18-year-old singer pushed Helena Paparizou with “Survivor” into the Andra Chansen. She took us—as well as the betmakers—by surprise. Then she partied her way from backstage to her hotel room and straight to the afterparty, where all the artists danced and celebrated, regardless of where they finished. We can imagine them saying, “Pass the champagne, Ellen…”
“I’m very happy I won,” 18-year-old singer YOHIO said. “We don’t know yet if we’ll make any changes to my performance…Now, it’s time to go home. I have to work hard, as my new album is going to be released on spring.”
It was expected that YOHIO would pass through Deltavling 1. The question now is whether he will actually win Melodifestivalen 2014. Last year, it was the European juries which prevented him from taking the title. Will the same thing happen this year?
The winner of the night, however, was Ellen Benediktson. “It feels completely unreal!” she told SVT.
Speaking to Nöjesbladet she gushed even more. “It feels crazy and unreal. I’d never be able to prepare myself for the feelings afterwards. I have never felt so much in my life. I tend not to be the one who cries.”
The waterworks were on during the encore. With tears running down her face she struggled through the reprise. Do you think that the jury or the public will be her bigget backers during the final in Friends Arena?
Now it’s time to leave Malmö Arena behind and to look forward to Linkoping Deltavling 2 on February 8. Sanna Nielsen and Martin Stenmarck are thought to be the hot favourites to procceed directly to the final. But, as we learned last night, Melodifestivalen is always unpredictable!