Melfest 2016 winner Frans was fifth in his semi-final

Tonight the 12 finalists of Melodifestifvalen 2016 performed in the jury final at Friends Arena and an audience poll taken immediately after predicts that Frans and his song “If I Were Sorry” will win the Swedish national selection. 

Frans won the vote with 31.8%, a full 20% more than second placed Samir & Viktor and third place Oscar Zia. “If I Were Sorry” is already a hot favourite and the momentum he is gaining is beginning to look unstoppable.

Returning performer Molly Sandén placed fourth with “Youniverse”, Robin Bengtsson placed fifth and the winner of the wiwibloggs fan poll Ace Wilder only managed to place sixth.

Wiktoria placed seventh, followed by Boris, Panetoz and SaRaha. David Lindgren and Lisa Ajax faired worst with only 28 votes between them.

Full Melodifestivalen 2016 audience poll results

  1. Frans – “If I Were Sorry” – 240 votes, 31.8%
  2. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna” – 76 votes, 10.1%
  3. Oscar Zia – “Human” – 72 votes, 9.6%
  4. Molly Sanden – “Youniverse” – 70 votes, 9.3%
  5. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize” – 68 votes, 9.1%
  6. Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry” – 67 votes, 8.9%
  7. Wiktoria – “Save Me” – 38 votes, 5%
  8. Boris – “Put Your Love On Me” – 37 votes, 4.9%
  9. Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt” – 31 votes, 4.1%
  10. SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu” – 26 votes, 3.4%
  11. David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow” – 15 votes, 2.0%
  12. Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead” – 13 votes, 1.3%

A total of 753 votes were recorded.

The final of Melodifestivalen 2016 will be broadcast live on SVT from 20:00.

The winner will represent Sweden in Stockholm at the Ericsson Globe on May 14th.

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Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

None of the Melfest songs this year are worthy of a top ten placing in the Eurovision final. I know that afterwards, people are going to say that the wrong song was chosen but that is clearly not the case.
If there was a DECENT song in the competition, we would not need to be talking about Frans at all but there isn’t, so we are.

Mvaneijk97
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@Loo

You really think Frans will stand a chance in May? If he wins Sweden should be thankful for being prequalified

cheesecake
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cheesecake

I get that Sweden likes this guy and his song isn’t THAT bad, but I really hope some Swedes tonight realize that there are just WAY BETTER songs.
Sweden, please vote for the song and not for the person!

Loo
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Loo

Haha Milla Frans är vårt absolut bästa alternativ till Eurovision. Han har blivit ett fenomen som bara kommer växa fram till Maj och det kommer gå asbra i Eurovision!!! Lägg ner hatandet. Hela Sverige har inte dålig smak, de har lärt sig att gilla kvalitetsmusik 😉

@EugeneESCUK
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Robyn is not towing the party line/hype but she is right. Staging and performance is most important in the ESC and this is old technology, I mean really old, nothing original. As Wiktoria has to basically stand still throughout, there is no natural performance. Also the staging does not suit a fun country song; I don’t get it at all. I also don’t get the fuss over the song either, it is one of those, they repeat “Save me” over 20 times. Coming 7th in the audience poll should not be a surprise really; she is 7th in the Swedish… Read more »

Milla
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Milla

And Frans only think it’s 70% fun to go to ESC if he wins. Do I need to say anything else?

Milla
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Milla

Stupid idiot swedes! Sorry. But my own people are stupid this year! All these other songs and you have to choose one of the most boring sings in the final! And on the top of that we have ESC on home-soil! But I’m preparing for Frans to win. But then I can say: Sweden, enjoy your time at the bottom in this years ESC. And better luck next year. I won’t be following ESC this as nuch as I usually di if Frans wins. I’m so dissapointed..

Loo
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Loo

On Aftonbladet’s (Sweden’s biggest newspaper) Poll, Frans currently has 36,46 % of the votes. Second is Molly Sandén with 11,16 %. The poll started this morning and has around 4.000 votes. Let’s see what it says at the end of the day. Either way. It’s pretty much over now. Loreen had Danny as a big threat in 2012. Måns had Jon Henrik as a possible threat in 2015. Frans has… Well no one really? You guys can’t deny his lead and the popularty here in Sweden is unbeatable at this stage I feel. Maybe I have to surrender tonight after… Read more »

Escfan ireland
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Escfan ireland

It sounds like frans is going to walk it, having listened to all the songs I don’t think any of the 8 finalists would be a ‘bad’ choice and 4 of then would be in my top 3 this year but frans is not one of those 3! If Sweden really want to win again and equal Ireland’s 7 win record then they should send Oscar to Stockholm, wiktoria and robin could also challenge for top 5 but I don’t think they are winners

Bruno B @ Geeky Explorer
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So the two worst songs in the final are in top two. So disappointed.

Krerma
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Krerma

The future: Frans wins and Sweden will be leading the betting odds until the night of the Eurovision final. At the end Sweden places third.

Bronson
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Bronson

It’s just 753 votes. Over six million votes were cast in the second chance show last week, so I highly doubt this is an accurate representation of what the televote will turn out to be like.

I purposely haven’t listened to any of the MF songs (except for Kizunguzungu and Hunger) prior to the final, expecting to be blown away by not listening to any of the songs before. I’m looking forward to Melodifestivalen, bring it on!

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

I’d never got Wiktoria’s performance until I saw her perform it live on a morning TV show – just her in a studio without the projection. There was so much more energy. I feel like the Melfest staging is impairing her performance. It’s forcing her to stand still for much of the song, restraining her natural performance energy. It looks like they’re trying to get around that by adding pyros. But maybe instead of tacky add-ons, they should just give her some cool clothes (not that beige bodysuit), turn off the Post-It notes and ’90s screen saver graphics, and let… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

You could clearly hear the audience almost immediately clap along to the song as it started in its semi. I actually don’t mind the song, but its not my favorite. On the plus side, I actually think it might make Christer choose a more diverse group of songs next year. He typically stays away from this singer-songwriter-type of song.

Hugh
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Hugh

Kind of glad the wiwi love for Wiktoria isn’t shared by the Swedes, cos you guys overrate that song like mad 😉

I like Frans well enough, and more than most of the others at least 🙂

mad-professor
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mad-professor

I just don’t get what Sweden sees in his performance that the rest of Europe seems to be missing when they watch him. There’s no charisma, the song is dull and the staging is pretty relaxed for a Swedish entry (not Isa-level relaxed, but Isa had a better song).

Denis
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Denis

I don’t get some people. You don’t want Sweden to win, yet you think Frans is a bad choice? don’t get the logic behind that. Surely if you don’t want Sweden to win you should think Frans would be the perfect choice, if you think his song is that bad. Logic? Anyway, at this point I think anyone upstaging Frans and winning is unlikely. Not impossible but very very difficult. The only way might lose is if the juries don’t give him a single point, making a win impossible. But that is also a very unlikely scenario. If the juries… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
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Erik Ekelund – Yes that is right SVT do not run the audience poll, but they publish it on their site and they run their own poll anyway. I just think it spoils it when the polls are correct. You will see tomorrow.

They got the A/C result spot on!!

Colin
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Colin

@Moon, I agree. Know that these people were not already chosen: Mikael Saari (Finland) Saara Aalto (Finland) Annica & Kimmo (Finland) Tuuli Okkonen (Finland) Bella C (Switzerland) Florena (Romania) -(I did prefer Ovidiu, though) Vanotek (Romania) Margaret (Poland) Edyta Gorniak (Poland) Elly V (Austria) – (I did prefer Zoe, though) Bianca (United Kingdom) Laila Samuels (Norway) – (Tie with the actual winner IMO) Laura (Estonia) – (I did prefer Juri, though) Mick Pedaja (Estonia) Jessika Muscat (Malta) Brooke (Malta) Maxine (Malta) Dominic (Malta) The Hardkiss (Ukraine) Sunsay (Ukraine) Krista Sigfrieds (already out of Swedish Melfest) Dolly Style (also out of… Read more »

R
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R

If this song wins, there is no chance that it’ll win Eurovision.

Erik Ekelund
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Erik Ekelund

For those wondering (and those with conspiracy theories)…. it´s not SVT´s poll this. It´s Melodifestivalklubben and Poplight.se that executes this poll and do so after every jury final on the tour. They have many times failed to predict the result to be honest. It´s also a completely different thing to experience a performance live versus via TV. Ballads with little orchestration usually comes across as better than many uptempo numbers because the sound in big arenas can be really bad when it comes to more complexed orchestrated songs. I will personally vote like crazy for Ace Wilder tomorrow. 😉

Moon
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Moon

Frans or Oscar! They have very different songs, but both are really good, so I don’t mind who will win between those two. Now I actually regret being unable to vote for swapping certain country finalists for some of the other country runner-ups. Seriously – just imagine that instead of this years San Marino guy we could see one of those great songs, that just weren’t chosen? Then we could’ve get a chance to see Margaret again, half of the Melodifestivallen finalists would have an opportunity to perform on the big stage and actually battle it out with international jury… Read more »

Man of Love
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Man of Love

Too bad that gigantic piece of trash called “If I Were Sorry” will probably win. What an awful taste, c’mon, this must be a joke!

Héctor
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Héctor

I’m happy with this results, let’s see what happens on Saturday. I’m not sure that the juries will put Frans first, but if they place Oscar Zia high (like 1st, 2nd or 3rd) probably Oscar will be the winner, and I’ll be happy too.

MGR
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MGR

I know that the ground under the feet of experts from esctips begins to burn. THIS IS YOUR END!!!! Hahahahhehehehe…..

MGR
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MGR

Here is still one long day. Still a lot can change (in odds) because this is finish. This is a very important moment of every race, because Melodifestivalen is a race for place in Eurovision Song Contest!

MGR
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MGR

Odds should be odds, but contest should be contest as it was in 2011.

MGR
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MGR

Jury may vote for odds, but in this situation they should be deleted.

MGR
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MGR

Samir & Viktor were for several weeks number 1 in swedish charts, and they most probably gained above 1 million votes in Andra Chansen. They have clear staging and the best starting position. They will reach good results from both jury and viewers. 2nd place is lowest possible place for them.

MGR
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MGR

First two places are clear from the beginning.

MGR
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MGR

Wiktoria is situated between two stronger entries and it can destroy her chance for top 3.

Loo
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Loo

Someone on Poll-result article thought that I’m some kind of relative to Frans or something. Well… No xD I just happen to really like Frans and his song and I will support him to the very end. Maybe I have to surrender tomorrow when someone else wins and you guys here can tell me “I told you so”. If that’s the case, then your welcome. All I can though is that some of you here don’t really understand the phenomenon he is here and it will be VERY difficult for anyone to catch up his lead. It’s still NOT impossible,… Read more »

jPod
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jPod

You’ve got to be kidding me? There are more than several high quality songs this year. I don’t understand why this is the song Sweden wants to represent them at Eurovision. I hope the jury will kill his chances.

MGR
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MGR

The only surprise will be if results will be similar to prediction from esctips. For me this is mindless crap.

MGR
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MGR

For me now nothing is surprise. At this moment I’m brainwashed.

Mar
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Mar

I guess if Sweden likes him sooooo much, then he deserves to win, it’s only fair. I don’t think he’ll get a similar reaction from the rest of Europe though.

@EugeneESCUK
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I’m not really sure why Bjorkman allows the SVT poll and the audience poll. Do we really want to know how it is going to turn out? Surely that spoils the suspense of the whole show and the whole scoring. They better not introduce this for the ESC.

I’ll be pleased if the Bookies are wrong though for the minor placings, hehe!! I really fancy Molly for second now, the support IS there. But even she will not catch Frans.

Colin
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Colin

Odds include things fan polls, You Tube views, I-Tunes, running order and rehearsals. However, there is one thing no bookie can predict and that is INSTANT IMPACT. Right there, right then. Millions will be watching and most of them aren’t ESC followers like us. Most of them will probably hear the song for the first or second time. How it will be presented at that point could be the key. That is why Michal Szpak won in Poland. Pure instant impact.

Max
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Max

Literally I want anyone but Frans.

Nothing against him personally, it’s just my least favourite song of the 12 and I’m stunned it’s doing so well.

Ella
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Ella

No one wants sweden to win ESC again this year, yet everybody thinks Frans is a bad choice since there are other songs in the competition that would do better in May? I really dont get how you people are reasoning

bella
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bella

Only 753 people voted! Tomorrow millions will vote its not the same! I dont think that Robin and Ace will take 5th and 6th places probably they will be in higher positions. I wish Sweden choose right .

Colin
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Colin

While this is an indicator, 753 people aren’t really a referent group, since probably millions will vote. If one saw Wiwibloggs poll on Poland, one would think nobody has a chance next to Margaret.

My question is, however, since Samir & Viktor are second, how come they are only 7’th in betting odds?

David Who
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David Who

Okay, so Frans *should* win. It’s up to the rest of them to spring a surprise or two on the night tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

Loo
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Loo

@EugeneESCUK Well done predicting that. Like you said. It’s pretty much over. Europe, prepare yourselves for Frans fever!

Daviid
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Daviid

I must be the only Swede who can’t stand Frans.

@EugeneESCUK
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Well I predicted 30% to 35% for Frans so I’m pleased with that. If we convert these into points in the televote only, based on the audience’s 753 votes, it would be :- 1 Frans 151 points ————————— 2 S&V 48 3 Oscar 45 4 Molly 44 5 Robin 43 6 Ace 42 ————————— 7 Wiktoria 24 Should the televote be similar to this, Frans would have a 103 point lead in the televote and nobody will be able to catch him!! The next FIVE songs are split by JUST SIX points!!!!!! How close is that. When I said I… Read more »

Loo
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Loo

I was in “Frans Arena” tonight and I a hype surrounding a song and artist has never been this big in Sweden. Not even Loreen had this kind of response. Frans is the whole country’s darling, our own american sweetheart and I think he’s unstoppable now.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

That is to say, what if the jurors decide to go their own way, anyway, regardless of an audience poll? And suppose they do, and there is an upset, what will Björkman do?

Has he ever done an audience poll in the past? I think he did one last year.

MGR
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MGR

NEW RATING: Panetoz – Hall Om Mig Hart 5/10 Lisa Ajax – My Heart Wants Me Dead 5/10 David Lindgren – We are Your Tomorrow 5/10 SaRaha – Kizunguzungu 7/10 Oscar Zia – Human 6/10 Ace Wilder – Don´t Worry 6/10 Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Prize 6/10 Molly Sandén – Youniverse 6/10 Boris René – Put Your Love on Me 7/10 Frans – If I were Sorry 8/10 Wiktoria – Save Me 7/10 Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna 10/10 NEW PREDICTION: Jury vote 1. Frans 60 38 98 2. Samir & Viktor 55 9 64 3. Wiktoria 50 4… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

But what will the jury say?