Earlier today Sweden’s SVT released the complete results of Melodifestivalen 2014. After having a quick glance, we’re fairly certain the results will help calm the anger over the reported phone irregularities that many feared had cost Ace Wilder the win. While the tabloids initially reported that Sanna Nielsen had won the televote by around 5,000 votes, the final figures show that she actually won the televote by nearly 24,000 votes. That’s still super close when you consider that Swedes cast 3,273,285 votes in total. Accounting for public voting and the jury, the final margin of victory was just two points, making this the closest race in Melodifestivalen history.
You can see the complete results below. To blow up the photo just click on it. SVT has supplied us with interesting factoids and stats beneath each chart.
- YOHIO had the highest number of votes in any of the four semi-finals with 117,219. Sanna Nielsen won her semi-final with 109,592 votes, Oscar Zia with 60,735 and Alcazar with 97,453.
- The first semi-final was also the most watched.
- Sylvester Schlegel recorded the lowest number of votes in any heat, with just 5,934. The second lowest number of votes also came from this heat. Mahan Moin only recorded 6,943.
- Sanna Nielsen’s share of the vote—32.25%—was the largest of any winner during the semi-finals.
- She finished with a comfortable margin of more than 52,000 over second-place finisher Panetoz.
- Dr Alban and Jessica Folcker finished just 856 votes behind Outrigger, which meant the doctor and his diva were sent home rather than to the Second Chance round. During the second round of voting in that semi-final, the margin between the two was even tighter at just 184 votes.
- State of Drama almost advanced directly to the final. They came up just 861 votes behind Ace Wilder.
- Of all the acts that qualified directly to the final, Ace Wilder was the one who qualified with the lowest number of votes—43,074 to be precise.
- After Sanna Nielsen in semi-final two, Alcazar recorded the highest percentage of votes in any semi-final with a 30.78% share.
- Janet Leon recorded the lowest number of votes in semi-finals two, three and four. She only earned 8,307.
- JEM was eliminated after the first round of voting, but just barely. They finished the first round just 726 votes behind State of Drama.
- Helena Paparizou won the first round of voting with 47,161 votes. Linus Svenning was second with 45,657.
- Ammotrack came last with just 16,998.
- Helena Paparizou slayed Outtrigger in their duel by a margin of more than 72,000 votes.
- Anton Ewald, who spent a lot of time moaning about the juries after the final, saw the biggest drop in televoting numbers. During the semi-final he received 71,675. But in the final he earned just 35,208.
- That’s the lowest number of votes received in the final since Hanna & Lina way back in 2002. Ouch.
- Ace Wilder saw a dramatic rise in her televotes. She earned just 43,704 in her semi-final, but 283,831 in the final. That’s a 550% increase!
So what do you think? Any surprises? Who do you want to see come back next year?
Photo: TT News Agency