Ahead of tomorrow’s first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2017, the seven artists took to the stage and performed for a live audience at the dress rehearsal tonight. Swedish fanclub Melodifestivalklubben ran their usual audience exit poll, where they ask the departing audience which performance they had liked the most. The results point to a clear favourite.
It seems that the big favourite among the Swedish people is the newcomer Nano. Over 40 percent of the 720 people surveyed thought he had the best performance of the night. He has also been given a prime spot in the running order, as he is closing the show with “Hold On”.
In second place is Melodifestivalen 2015 finalist Boris René, who opens the show with “Her Kiss”. This former footballer got 17.2 percent of the votes.
Not far from him is another Melfest veteran, two-time finalist Ace Wilder. If these were the official results, Ace and her “Wild Child” would be headed to Andra Chansen round. She is currently leading our poll, but unfortunately for her, most of our readers won’t be able to vote for her tomorrow.
Comedy group De Vet Du finished fourth in the audience poll and would be the last act going through from the first semifinal. In our recent interview with the group they told us that they hope the audience will have fun. At least 103 people in the audience were feeling their “Road Trip” and thought they had the best performance of the night.
At the other end, it doesn’t look good for Eurovision winner and two-time Melodifestivalen winner Charlotte Perrelli, who has changed her music style dramatically and is this time singing “Mitt liv”, a very personal ballad in Swedish. Only 11 people thought La Perrelli should win this semifinal.
Melodifestivalklubben emphasize that the audience in tonight’s dress rehearsal was mainly families. Nano and Adrijana also had the chance to perform their songs twice, as they were randomly selected as the winners during the rehearsal. This might have affected the result as well.
Melodifestivalklubben’s audience poll is generally considered to be a good indicator of how songs will place in the Melodifestivalen live shows.
Audience poll results: deltävling 1, Gothenburg
- Nano – “Hold On” 40.6 % (292 votes)
- Boris René – “Her Kiss” 17.2 % (124 votes)
- Ace Wilder – “Wild Child” 16.7 % (120 votes)
- De Vet Du – “Road Trip” 14.3 % (103 votes)
- Adrijana – “Amare” 5 % (36 votes)
- Dinah Nah – “One More Night” 4.7 % (34 votes)
- Charlotte Perelli – “Mitt liv” 1.5 % (11 votes)
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Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT