The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2015 has come and gone. Depending on who you are, the results are still making your blood boil or your heart go boom, boom. Sadly for contestants who may have been impacted by the SVT röstningsapp voting app crash, it’s definitely the former…

During last night’s show fans began to report a failure with the newly debuted SVT voting app. Many said that they were (1) unable to download and understand the app or (2) unable to register their votes at all. During the show, SVT got wind of the ish and posted this quick “how to fix it” on Facebook:

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Interestingly, the first three acts to perform — Molly Pettersson Hammar, Daniel Gildenlöw, and Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg — finished in the bottom three spots. Their performances coincided with the app’s teething problems. Hmm…

Speaking to Aftonbladet, Molly made it clear that this has unsettled her: “I’ve heard that it might have been the case. I don’t know. I’m really disappointed. There’s not much I can do now. I find it strange because it feels like I’ve had a fantastic response throughout the week.” Hence her look of shock-horror in the above photo.

Christer Björkman responds

Fans who were unfamiliar with how to work the app probably should have downloaded it earlier, says Melodifestivalen executive producer Christer Björkman. “We launched last Wednesday and think that we were out in good time,” he told Aftonbladet in a live broadcast.

But even with the problems, he says the voting worked out fair and square, and that the early acts did not suffer unfairly. “I understand [the frustrations], but when we look at the results and divide them it’s not what I see.”

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Kai
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Kai

Oh, and why not hire someone who would give the 3 songs a second chance and truly then we would SEE, who would make it. Sweden, get yourself TOGETHER.

Kai
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Kai

This Christer guy is a, *****, Molly could win this thing for Sweden! And she knew that she had done GREAT, and she HAD. yet she for some reason didn’t make it, strange, mr. Bjorkman. Sadly I believe this is the end of the Scandinavian Era of Eurovision Domination. Sorry Molly :(, you should be in Vienna! Molly Hammar for Sweden! Apps, do not work, Ever. Don’t use them, do it the regular way, and like others have said, first 3 all didn’t make it, Strange, it is proof that the app isn’t working. Fire, Mr Bjorkman! Get someone who… Read more »

LucyEAPercy
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Jaccobabe, whilst I enjoy a good C-bombing when someone deserves it, wiwbloggs is surely not the place for it, if it were there’d have been a flood of that word when Mei didn’t qualify the final last year.

ify_
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ify_

@ stekay i mean i totally agre on that… just unbelievable I could literally throw up on Eric saade btw

Jaccobabe
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Jaccobabe

Christer is a cunt. He cannot know whether the app affected results or not. Maybe some fans downloaded app before but most Didnt know about it. He needs to go.

EF0912
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EF0912

They should just ditch the app.

DESU
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DESU

HI DIGITALSPY.

eeuuaann
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eeuuaann

Okay whatever this made me more angry that Christer just brushed it off. I still think that Molly and Elize & Rickard’s song should have went through…

And come on! The first three are out and the last four went in… That’s honestly the giveaway that it’s the apps fault…

Mario Vision of Gay Love
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Mario Vision of Gay Love

I think that they suffered because they were the first acts to perform…Especially Molly of course that had to perform unfortunately very 1st opening the semifinal of Melodifestivalen and with that song she definitely deserved to qualify at least on andra chansen..
Really un4tunate 4 her that she was eliminated…
I was kept listening her ?iamond song last night again and again many times.. <3
The Dolly bitches & the Behrang Miri rapper passed to the second chance and Molly NOT…Really unfair 4 her…

Daniel
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Daniel

Very few songs excite me. Sorry Austria, you’re first hosting in years (many years) and this is your response from Europe, S***. At least 2 of my favourite songs ever are in the Finnish selection.

SteKay
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SteKay

Ridiculous decision. Clearly the best 2 songs were Molly & the duet! I’m seriously worried for Eurovision 2015. What next tragedy will disappoint me?

vlad bogdan
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vlad bogdan

Molly,Elize and Rickard lost a lot of points and they were in first songs.They were the best.

Calvin
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Calvin

I’m with PP.

davved
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davved

This “scandal” in my opinion is ridiculous. I mean ok most people perhaps did not have the app until the MF was live. and it took a while to install.. But if people wanted to vote for Molly..they could have done so by PHONE! or SMS….. or are people so disabled these days that they can not do anything without directions…

this was a fair result..did i agree with elise/rickard and mollys non-inclusion..no. but obviously people did not vote for molly enough….

Mavision
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Mavision

PP – Nope, he says that the results match the SMS too and there was no fault with that so unfortunately there’s nothing that they can do. App or no app, the results would have had the same outcome… Apparently!

PP
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PP

Because of that, all 3 song from 5 to 7 must go to competition for second chance.

D
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D

Even if the voting did screw up the placings, he’d never tell people that. Why deal with problems that you could just sweep under the rug. Personally, I don’t ever vote for Melodifestivalen or even Eurovision just because I have the mindset that my vote isn’t gonna really make an impact with hundreds of thousands of people voting. And now I’m glad since I’d be really annoyed if my votes weren’t going through and then my favourites got eliminated because of people’s votes malfunctioning.