After the incredibly mixed reaction to Frans winning Melodifestivalen 2016 last weekend with “If I Were Sorry”, Sweden’s broadcaster SVT has released the full voting results of all four semi finals, as well as Andra Chansen and the Grand Final. As it turns out, Melfest debutants led the race all season, with Robin Bengtsson, Wiktoria, Lisa Ajax and Frans winning the four semi-finals. Some other acts, most notably ISA in Andra Chansen, came so close to advancing that it’s insane. Now like true rap artists, let’s break it down…

Semi Final One

The first semi final of Melodifestivalen 2016 kicked off with a bang in Gothenburg on February 6. Six acts competed after Anna Book was disqualified because her songwriters inadvertently plagiarised their own song that had been entered in the national selection for Moldova in 2014. Robin Bengtsson walked away with gold after his performance of “Constellation Prize” with Ace Wilder coming in second with “Don’t Worry”. Things were tight between Ace and Samir & Viktor in the first round of voting, but her big light box helped her extend her lead in the second round.

  1. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize”
    Round One – 836,672 votes
    Round Two – 112,863 votes
    Total – 949,535 votes
  2. Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
    Round One – 772,879 votes
    Round Two – 99,797 votes
    Total – 872,876 votes
  3. Samir & Viktor – “Bada Nakna”
    Round One – 752,944 votes
    Round Two – 77,908 votes
    Total – 830,852 votes
  4. Albin & Mattias – “Rik”
    Round One – 725,693 votes
    Round Two – 61,166 votes
    Total – 786,859 votes
  5. Mimi Werner – “Ain’t No Good”
    Round One – 617,265 votes
    Round Two – 67,180 votes
    Total – 684,445 votes
  6. Pernilla Andersson – “Mitt guld”
    Round One – 258,740 votes
    Round Two – Eliminated
  7. Anna Book – “Himmel för två”
    Disqualified

Semi Final Two

Semi Final Two took place in Eurovision 2013 host city Malmö, and our own William and Tobias were on the ground. The top three of this semi final were particularly close. Wiktoria claimed first place with “Save Me”, with David Lindgren coming in second with “We Are Your Tomorrow”. ISA finished a very close third with “I Will Wait”. In fact, the difference of 22,676 votes between ISA and David marked the closest gap between Andra Chansen and a spot direct in the final.

  1. Wiktoria – “Save Me”
    Round One – 832,355 votes
    Round Two – 91,648 votes
    Total – 924,003 votes
  2. David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow”
    Round One – 807,520 votes
    Round Two – 64,752 votes
    Total – 872,272 votes
  3. ISA – “I Will Wait”
    Round One – 786,203 votes
    Round Two – 63,393 votes
    Total – 849,586 votes
  4. Molly Petterson Hammar – “Hunger”
    Round One – 657,452 votes
    Round Two – 46,011 votes
    Total – 703,463 votes
  5. Krista Siegfrids – “Faller”
    Round One – 452,301 votes
    Round Two – 36,431 votes
    Total – 488,642 votes
  6. Victor och Natten – “100%”
    Round One – 427,891 votes
    Round Two – Eliminated
  7. Patrik, Tommy and Uno – “Håll mitt hjårta hårt”
    Round One – 371,290
    Round Two – Eliminated

Semi Final Three

Semi Final Three was held in beautiful Norrköping on February 20. Surprisingly this semi final saw Lisa Ajax with “My Heart Wants Me Dead” take the top spot over eventual runner-up Oscar Zia with “Human”Saraha almost lost her spot in Andra Chansen to SMILO. Her advantage of 11,411 votes was the closest margin among all Andra Chansen qualifiers.

  1. Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead”
    Round One – 880,188 votes
    Round Two – 68,760 votes
    Total – 948,878 votes
  2. Oscar Zia – “Human”
    Round One – 791,989 votes
    Round Two – 78,463 votes
    Total – 870,452 votes
  3. Boris René – “Put Your Love On Me”
    Round One – 598,521 votes
    Round Two – 57,891 votes
    Total – 656,412 votes
  4. Saraha – “Kizunguzungu”
    Round One – 506,273 votes
    Round Two – 66,361 votes
    Total – 572,364 votes
  5. SMILO – “Weight of the World”
    Round One – 524,216 votes
    Round Two – 37,007 votes
    Total – 561,223 votes
  6. Swingfly ft. Helena Gutarra – “You Carved Your Name”
    Round One – 411,040 votes
    Round Two – Eliminated
  7. Afterdark – “Kom ut som en stjårna”
    Round One – 355,959
    Round Two – Eliminated

Semi Final Four

Semi Final Four, held in Gävle on February 27 was a little more of a predicable result. Frans with “If I Were Sorry” smashed the results, being the first song of the contest to gain over one million votes. Molly Sandén with “Youniverse” sat comfortably in second. Panetoz filed in closely in third place, with Dolly Style only narrowly beating Eclipse into fourth place.

  1. Frans – “If I Were Sorry”
    Round One – 870,725 votes
    Round Two – 146,443 votes
    Total – 1,018,168 votes
  2. Molly Sandén – “Youniverse”
    Round One – 852,484 votes
    Round Two – 85,091 votes
    Total – 937,375 votes
  3. Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt”
    Round One – 766,466 votes
    Round Two – 67,694 votes
    Total – 834,460 votes
  4. Dolly Style – “Rollercoaster”
    Round One – 563,399 votes
    Round Two – 33,537 votes
    Total – 597,096 votes
  5. Eclipse – “Runaways”
    Round One – 462,162 votes
    Round Two – 54,294 votes
    Total – 516,496 votes
  6. Martin Stenmarck – “Du tar mig tillbaks”
    Round One – 345,313 votes
    Round Two – Eliminated
  7. Linda Bengtzing – “Killer Girl”
    Round One – 330,615
    Round Two – Eliminated

Andra Chansen

The battles in Andra Chansen were quite mixed in terms of result. Both Samir and Viktor and Panetoz slammed their rivals, but on the flip side, the other two battles were much closer to call.

Battle One: Panetoz (965,823) defeated Molly Petterson Hammar (503,953)

Battle Two: Boris René (836,686) defeated Albin & Mattias (735,852)

Battle Three: Saraha (775,093) defeated ISA (763,862)

Battle Four: Samir & Viktor (907,432) defeated Dolly Style (571,216)

What do you make of the Melodifestivalen results? Let us know in the comments below!

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Charles
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Charles

@MGR: I can partly agree with you on the fact that people sounding all the same is boring and that goes for ballads and crappy uptempo rubbish … but you looking at the 6 Russian grannies on the same level as Dina or Polina makes me cringe … 🙁 Russia’s own strengths relies on asking Swedish people to do big power ballads which so far are great or asking Kirkorov and his team to come up with song that resembles others we all heard before (yes I am talking to you Azerbaijan 2013)… and that is Sergey’s case whether that… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

I don’t like when everyone is the same. It is so boring. I prefer when everyone has their own strengths.

Charles
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Charles

@MGR: As far as Russia 2012 is concerned … are you serious? You call that a song? How many cups of vodka mixed with brandy and whisky did you have to drink in order to enjoy 6 old ladies baking bread and singing a chorus phonetically with no meaning whatsoever? If only that was a stand-up comedy act I could have understood … but addressing this as music within the context of a song context .. hell to the no!!! I understand it’s Russia being Eurovision-desperate as always but someone has to keep brains properly connected to understand that that… Read more »

Random.sage2.6
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Random.sage2.6

@MGR

😀 Amen to that! Take me to Ebeneezer Baptist Church! lol Odds are sods!

MGR
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MGR

If odds are results, ESC 2016 should be canceled!!!!
If odds are results, ESC 2016 should be canceled!!!!
If odds are results, ESC 2016 should be canceled!!!!

DIT
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DIT

So given the app vote in the final this year alot of people voted 5 times as oppsed to 1. So reduce everyones score by 80% you can figure out a “basic” result and compare it to previous years figures.
Frans would still obviously win but with an average score of 363,139. So a pretty good score but nowhere near as close as Mans or Loreen.

Loo
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Loo

Nearly 700,000 votes more than the runner up is quite extraordinary as it’s possible to vote five times for each song with the app. Even I voted for more than one song, and mostly everyone using the app does. (I voted for Frans, Robin, Oscar and Molly) Without the app Frans would have won even bigger becuase people who votes by phone usually cast a vote one time and as he was the overall favorite among us swedes. Just stop trying to make this look like it was a tight race. It surely wasn’t. Sweden is breaking new ground this… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

I wonder why isn’t anyone thinking already on MF 2017 considering the average quality in the music showcased this year and that has everybody going bananas and nuts in all kinds of dramatic ways … for no reason seriously … and hating on a 17 year old kid as if this a WW3 … I mean really? Can we focus on the music each one of us ACTUALLY likes? There 40 something entries from other countries .. loving and hating Sweden all at the same time is not taking us anywhere. This is a song contest, not “my ego is… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

I believed in Russia when this country had good songs (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Now we have 2016. Nothing lasts forever.

MGR
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MGR

Many “experts” believe, that Russia will win Eurovision 2016 because of odds. LOL WTF!? Russia!? Really!? OMG…

cheesecake
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cheesecake

@Eugene: I was talking about the PUBLIC votes, where Lisa finished 10th only. 🙂

Laburnum
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Laburnum

I think Lisa and Robin winning their semis were most unexpected, they both had fantastic songs but…the runner ups were better imo.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

🙁 Barely over 11,000 kept Isa from the final. Unbelievable. 🙁

Marc
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Marc

@MTD, I’ll support whoever I want. This year are Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and France so deal with that. I said an objective fact which are sales. I didn’t say nothing about Sergey but as you have mentioned him let me tell you that he only stayed on top at itunes in Russia for like 2 or 3 days (right now is at 17, and he is so popular in Russia) while Frans is almost 3 weeks at num 1 in Sweden.

@EugeneESCUK
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Cheesecake :- Lisa finished 7th not 10th!! It is worth noting that Robin and Lisa got the 2nd and 3rd highest votes respectively of ALL the 28 artists yet Bjorkman placed Robin 7th and Lisa 2nd in the running order………….who says running order does not matter? As the televote was basically a draw, the juries decided the whole contest and if you compare the jury ranking with the final rankings they are almost identical. The juries basically went for Bjorkman’s favourites and the songs that were a few words repeated over and over again around 20 times and very lazy… Read more »

MTD
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MTD

@Marc – Sergey’s song works well on iTunes in the Eastern countries and on some Western ones, but your darling Sweden/Frans is all what matters. Or you are “racist” and don’t count the Eastern countries as countries, m?

MTD
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MTD

@Elad – because there’s a guy called Christer at SVT which is an idiot.

Kevin
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Kevin

I’d be interested to see who got votes through the free app and who got sms and calls which aren’t free. We could have different results in the absence of the app.
Also most likely vote count wouldn’t be this high. Each person can cast so many “heart votes,” 10, 20, 30 and even more.

Thiefo
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I’m expecting Wiwi to include Isa as one of the biggest crimes during the National Finals season this year 😛 If only she would’ve beaten David in her semifinal!

MGR
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MGR

I like more results from Latvia than Sweden. Justs and Frans had the best performances in first round, and Justs also had best result in first round. Swedes are more crazy and that’s why Frans took more votes in final than in semi-final. For me tightness and accuracy are very important. Messy and chaotic performances are bad.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Poor Isa. Coming so close to a direct final place, while SaRaha struggled to make it to Andra Chansen, and in the end she lost the duel with 49.64% (!!). I will probably never get over this.
Although I like her song, I’m also really surprised by the semi final win for Lisa.
In the end, the semi winners finished 10th (Lisa), 5th (Robin), 2nd (Wiktoria) and 1st (Frans) with the public in the final.

Marc
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Marc

@jPod your point is wrong, you can dislike or hate “If I were sorry” but it’s working very well at charts (spotify and it’s been on itunes in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Netherlands). Two weeks at number 1 in Sweden (On Friday is going to repeat) so it’s the most comercial song of this year melfest.

elad
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elad

if lisa won her semi final
why she got the worst place to perform in the final?

jPod
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jPod

@Milla

I just think it’s disappointing that a dull and forgettable song was chosen to represent its national country when there were several high quality songs ready to slay the international charts.

MGR
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MGR

Do you think that your comments end the matter? Most probably you do not have any stable views, because you want to impair the most obvious things.

David Who
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David Who

@MGR: “My conclusions are based on the last 15 years. Your conclusions are only your delusions.”
Haha! 26-year Eurovision veteran sitting here. (Please, b*tch. :P)

David Who
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David Who

I didn’t see Lisa Ajax until the final, but I was really impressed with her. Wiktoria also really stood out to me; but I can see why Oscar Zia and Ace Wilder got higher jury marks, since the musical content of their songs was at a slightly higher standard, plus there was arguably better staging going on (especially with Ace Wilder). The big disappointment in this breakdown must be for Isa. So close! She should definitely come back again after this!!

MGR
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MGR

Millions of people are not infected, but most people on this site are infected. For me you are completely unreliable. My conclusions are based on the last 15 years. Your conclusions are only your delusions.

WTF
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WTF

@MGR: “Three the best entries for ESC 2016 were Samir & Viktor “Bada Nakna”, Anja Nissen “Never Alone” and Alexey Gross “Flame”. Now only Malta can present similar level.”

This has to be the most ridiculous comment you’ve posted on here, and you’ve certainly had your fair share, to say the least…

MGR
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MGR

For me winner of televoting will be real winner. If jury will vote for odds, Sweden will win, because other strong entries for televoting (Hungary, Cyprus and Malta) have much worse odds. This looks like one big pro-swedish swindle. Everyone sees that Russia has very weak disco similar to weak disco from Estonia in 2011 (Getter Jaani – Rockefeller Street). People like strong disco or not disco (but of course not entries similar to Cascada because it is too shallow).

@EugeneESCUK
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Ben :- 664,754 votes is huge until you see that there were 12,643,477 votes in total. 664,754 votes are still only 5.26% of the total votes whichever way you look at it. Yes we will never know what it might have been without the app votes, but I hope they will eventually give us the splits between app votes and other votes. The Swedes took advantage of the free 5 votes for each artist. They may change that next year?

Milla
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Milla

jPod.. Still.. haven’t Sweden done a good job at succeeding lately? One bad year for Sweden is not big deal. We’ll be back! Other countries that choose a bad song year after year need a wake-up call more than we do
I think. But I feel a bit sad this year about choosing Frans when it’s on home-soil though..

@EugeneESCUK
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SVT not AVT??

Ben
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Ben

So Frans beat Wiktoria by 609,567 and Oscar Zia by 664,754 votes in the final and haters still say it wasn’t a landslide. Had the app been used a few years earlier, the difference between Mans and Jon Henrik or Loreen and Danny would’ve been much smaller and the winner would’ve received much lower amount of points, possibly lower than Frans this year because the app voting ensures that all the songs get a very big amount of votes from the public and the percentages are very close between all the artists. Also, in 2014 Ace would’ve probably won against… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
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Well the REAL surprises were that LISA beat Oscar and ROBIN beat Ace in the Semis, but with the help of the International juries Oscar finished 2nd and Ace 3rd!! I thought both Lisa and Robin had the better songs too in these duals, the juries did not agree of course!! Yes all the bigger names in the semis lost to the newbies. SaRaha just pipped Isa for that final place. I know many are saying that the app made a huge difference, and it did, but the bottom line is, it was the system in place and it was… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

Eurovision is the easiest thing in the world, and if someone is overwhelmed by this, this must be overwhelmed by everything.

MGR
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MGR

At this moment Hungary, Cyprus and Sweden are strongest in the ESC 2016. Hungary with first version of “Pioneer” because second and third version are too shallow and similar to Cascada with “Glorious”.

MTD
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MTD

So, even with these numbers, Frans wasn’t good enough to be the runaway winner. Hah!

MGR
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MGR

Three the best entries for ESC 2016 were Samir & Viktor “Bada Nakna”, Anja Nissen “Never Alone” and Alexey Gross “Flame”. Now only Malta can present similar level.

Giorgios
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The most shocked is that ISA came so close twice. Lisa should have won the semi. Her vocals were killers

jPod
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jPod

I can’t wait for Sweden to tank in May. Hope this will be a wake up call that a strong song with powerful vocals can go a long way…

wowowow
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wowowow

lol @ Lisa Ajax winning with Oscar Zia in the deltavling. Ridicoulus much haha