Slip into something blue and yellow, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move! Tonight the first semi-final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2017 takes place in the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg. You can watch the show live on SVT Play from 20:00 CET. 

Yesterday we asked you to vote for your favourites to win the semifinal and qualify direkt till final. After counting 1,975 votes, we can now reveal that “Wild Child” singer Ace Wilder is our readers’ favourite to win, having secured 29% of all votes.

Prior to the reveal of rehearsal footage on Thursday, she was also the act our readers were most looking forward to seeing from the artists competing in the first semifinal.

The other artist our readers would like to see advance is Nano, a former prisoner who has turned his life around through music and who will debut at Melodifestivalen this evening. He earned 25% of all the votes.

Last night, following the dress rehearsal, he also won the audience poll, conducted by Sweden’s Melodifestivalklubben immediately after the rehearsal inside the arena.

If our readers were to decide, Dinah Nah and Adrijana would be given a second chance and be sent to Andra Chansen.

Dinah Nah had to go through the Andra Chansen round back in 2015, when she competed with “Make Me (La La La)”. By beating Dolly Style, she made it to the final, but finished last with 22 points. Now she is ready to give us “One More Night”. Dinah earned 18% of all votes cast.

Adrijana is another debutant in this year’s Melfest. Her song “Amare” is in Swedish, despite its title, which means “love” in Latin. She secured 202 votes — or around 10%. You can read our interview with her here.

This means we would be saying hejdå to Melfest 2016 finalist Boris René, two-time Melodifestivalen winner Charlotte Perrelli and humor group De Vet Du.

However, our sources on-the-ground in Sweden believe that Boris will be battling with Ace for a spot in the final, with Nano the clear favourite to win tonight. Boris came second in the Melodifestivalklubben poll.

Poll results: Who should win semi-final 1 of Melodifestivalen 2017?

1. Ace Wilder with “Wild Child” 29% (578 votes)
2. Nano with “Hold On” 27% (537 votes)
3. Dinah Nah with “One More Night” 18% (365 votes)
4. Adrijana with “Amare” 10% (202 votes)
5. Boris René with “Her Kiss” 6% (113 votes)
6. Charlotte Perrelli with “Mitt liv” 5% (107 votes)
7. De Vet Du with “Road Trip” 4% (73 votes)

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Angelo
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Angelo

I can’t understand what Nano says/sings

Colin
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Colin

Funny how people tend to outlook both ends of the tempo spectrum in here. If something is a ballad… it’s boring. If it’s a ‘joke act’ or crazy fast, then it’s annoying. I guess people would prefer if the ESC finals is consisted of 43 mid-tempo safe pop songs. I am glad Road Trip got the second chance. I know that even if they make it to the finals, the chances of them winning are more than slim. Perhaps I wouldn’t even want that, considering how many acts are yet unannounced. However, hearing something different is cool for me.

Michael
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Michael

What a crap result, Road Trip was a mildly entertaining joke song that sucks as an actual song, while One More Night had energy and Dinah had energy. That’s not even getting into Wild Child going direct to final, I’m not an Ace Wilder fan, but at least her previous songs had energy, Wild Child did not. The rest was predictable.

Tony
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Tony

When De Vet du made it to Andra Chansen Dinah Nah knew she was out!! Congrats Ace and Nano. And good luck to Boris René and Du Vet Du on Andra Chansen

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Boris Rene in Andra Chansen.
Road Trip in Andra Chansen (why?)
Ace Wilder direct to final.
Dinah Nah DID NOT DESERVE TO BE DROPPED! 🙁

copy old song?
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copy old song?

Ace’s song sounds copy past from a old song sing by male singer .i dont member the name

Anfrers
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Ace’s song is horrible. So annoying >_<

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

So Nano is in the final. The audience like that.

Tony
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Tony

Nano first finalst!! Congratulations!! 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I don’t know Colin; the audience weren’t that into it. Maybe it was the awful outfits? 😀
(Of course i’d prefer they wore less, haha)

Ola
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Ola

Ace and Nano all the way!

Tony
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Tony

I knew Adrijana and Charlotte will be out first, I think Dinah Nah could end up 5th. Ace and Nano direct to final and Boris and De Vet Du to Andra Chansen

Colin
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Colin

Now Road Trip is the last chance to hear Swedish in the finals among these… Also adding how funny it was… they are my pick!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Perrelli was last. Ouch!
Adriajna was 6th.

Colin
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Colin

Let’s put it like this: All 7 acts were good enough, but none had a song that would go straight into my ESC top. Everyone did their best, I believe. Just for the sake of language diversity, I would prefer at least one Swedish language song in the finals.

zetaesse
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zetaesse

Oh, poor Charlotte. What a bad, bad song! 🙁

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Nano got a good reaction from the audience. So did Boris Rene. That might be interesting!
There’s something missing in Nano’s voice – I think it’s a lack of enunciation and depth.
In my opinion, Dinah Nah and Charlotte Perrelli gave the best musical performances. But I love Ace Wilder. Bit of a headache this one!

I am not Jamala
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I am not Jamala

1. Ace Wilder
2. Boris Rene
3. De Vet DU
4. Nano
5. Dinah Nah
6. Charlotte Perelli
7. Adrijana

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Nano’s song did not convince me… I didn’t like Adrijana as well. Others are really good! I have no idea who will qualify..

eirini
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eirini

Ace’s song is a song that Zimbabwe could possibly send in Eurovision if they would compete..haha i am sorry 😛

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ace Wilder – She’s awesome. The song is okay. This should qualify

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Charlotte Perrelli – Such a beautiful voice. Perfectly enchanting. Unfortunately, the audience were bored 🙁

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Not with that basic and forgettable song. Watch her go to Second Chance, she’s so overrated outside of Sweden.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Wow. Dinah Nah just slayed!

Kungen
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Kungen

1. Ace Wilder
2. Nano
3. Dinah Nah
4. Adrijana
5. Boris Rene
6. De Vet Du
7. Charlotte Perrelli

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Tough decision to finish watching Ukraine’s Semi, or to switch to this.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Dinah Nah should win and Ace should finish second. Second Chance for Nino and Adrijana.

lol
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lol

Ace’s song sounds like pop music from taiwanese song writer twenty years ago. lol

Denis
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Denis

Ace isn’t as popular here in Sweden as she is internationally. Just look at last year..

Melodi
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Melodi

Ace Wilder is the best in this semi-final. #TeamWildChild

Belle
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Belle

This is a great semi. I think Nano is the best though.