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:
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.”