Torch-lit runways, dancers suspended by bungee cords, androgynous rockers in zebra-stripe body suits — tonight’s dress rehearsal of Melodifestivalen Semi-Final 2 was a sight to behold! And, following the fiesta in Malmö, Sweden’s Melodifestivalklubben ran their highly anticipated audience exit poll, where they ask the departing fans which act they liked the most.
This week the audience has two clear favourites to win the semi-final. Mariette topped the poll with 30.2% of all votes votes, while turtle-neck-loving Benjamin Ingrosso finished second with 29.7% of the votes.
This year Mariette is mixing up her game musically. She’s shifted away from the dramatic and mystical style of “Don’t Stop Believing” — which took her to third place back in 2015 — and towards the upbeat and danceable with “A Million Years”.
The change is paying off: She also leads our poll of who should win the second semi-final.
Melfest debutant Benjamin Ingrosso has been winning fans all week — and his performance of “Good Lovin'” is going to win him even more.
The Let’s Dance winner starts his show behind tin foil, and when he emerges he’s definitely hot and appears to have been marinating in fabulous.
Earlier this week he told wiwibloggs that his song was born of heartache. He said: “Me and my ex-girlfriend decided to take a break after three years together. I was sad and wrote down all my emotions in this song.”
If the audience poll actually decided the results, Lisa Ajax and Dismissed would live to see another day at Andra Chansen. Last year Lisa went direct to the final with “My Heart Wants Me Dead” but this time she might have one more challenge before the big final. Thankfully, she don’t give a…
Dismissed’s gender-bending looks and stadium rock sound were enough to impress at least 7.6% of the people who voted in the exit poll.
This means two-time Eurovision singer Roger Pontare and Melodifestivalen debutants Etzia and Allyawan seem poised to go home — assuming that the audience members polled reflect the Swedish public’s sentiments.
Melodifestivalklubben emphasize that the audience in the dress rehearsals are mainly families. The rehearsal includes a fake rehearsal of the winners reprising their songs on stage in front of the audience. This week Allyawan and Lisa Ajax 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. Last week the audience liked Nano the most, with Boris René finishing second — just four votes ahead of Ace Wilder. De Vet Du finished fourth — and all four acts did survive the show.
Audience poll results: Deltävling 2, Malmö
1. Mariette – “A Million Years” 30.2 % (210 votes)
2. Benjamin Ingrosso – “Good Lovin'” 29.7 % (206 votes)
3. Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A” 21.2 % (147 votes)
4. Dismissed – “Hearts Align” 7.6 % (53 votes)
5. Roger Pontare – “Himmel och hav” 5.3% (37 votes)
6. Etzia – “Up” 4.3% (30 votes)
7. Allyawan – “Vart har du vart” 1.7% (12 votes)
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Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT