With the final roster now decided for the Melodifestivalen 2016 final, the bookies still have Frans down as the favourite to win. Since Andra Chansen his odds have narrowed to 2/5 at both Bet365 and Ladbrokes, and are now as low as 1/3 at Betfair.
If anyone is going to keep Frans from winning, then it may just be Melfest debutant Robin Bengtsson.
When we last checked in on February 29, the “Constellation Prize” singer was down as fourth favourite, behind Frans, Molly Sandén and Oscar Zia. But in recent days his odds to win have narrowed across most European betting agencies, catapulting him into second position. Those of you looking to maximise on his potential win should head to Betfair, where he can still be secured at 9/1.
Former favourite Molly (“Youniverse”) now finds herself in third position, followed by “Human” singer Oscar Zia and “Save Me” star Wiktoria. Of the recent Andra Chansen qualifiers, Samir And Viktor lead the way as eighth favourites, followed closely by SaRaha in ninth. Panetoz and Boris René round out the back of the pack as 11th and 12th favourites to win.
Melodifestivalen 2016 odds: Frans still the favourite (6 March @ 23:30 GMT)
Melodifestivalen 2016: Running Order
But what do the charts say?
Over the weekend Sverigetopplistan, the Swedish singles chart, gave us hints as to which songs are popular, using both sales and streaming data.
There’s a clear favourite here – Frans very comfortably debuted in the No.1 spot, beating stiff competition from such pop luminaries as Zayn, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber, among others. But a No.1 single is not necessarily a guarantee of a Melfest win.
In previous years, winning songs have debuted at much lower chart positions and made their way to No.1. In 2014, Ace Wilder missed out on winning Melfest, but enjoyed four weeks at No.1 – something that Sanna Nielsen never managed. Here are the Melfest finalists songs:
1. Frans – “If I Were Sorry”
4. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna”
8. SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu”
11. Molly Sandén – “Youniverse”
13. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize”
17. Oscar Zia – “Human”
20. Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt”
22. Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead”
26. Wiktoria – “Save Me”
32. Boris René – “Put Your Love On Me”
34. Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
49. David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow”