As in the two previous weeks of competition, the Melodifestivalen 2017 artists had a chance to perform their entries in front of a live audience on Friday evening ahead of Saturday’s semifinal. Once again Sweden’s Melodifestivalklubben ran their audience exit poll, where they asked the departing fans which act they liked the most — this time ahead of Semi-Final 3 in Växjö.
Idol alum Robin Bengtsson won the vote in a landslide. The singer with piercing blue eyes, who opens the show with “I Can’t Go On”, earned 37.1% of the 615 votes.
Proving he knows how to innovate, he’s trying something new on stage — or should we say off of it? He doesn’t appear on the stage at all during the first 45 seconds. But it’s clearly working for him and he has emerged as the big favourite to win tomorrow’s semi-final.
In second place is Melfest debutant Jasmine Kara — who is as pretty as a Barbie doll but has a voice stronger than steel!
The audience may not know who she is yet, but this diva still managed to win them over. Jasmine already has a long career behind her — with two studio albums and plenty of singles to her name. And maybe she will finally make her big breakthrough at Melfest 2017.
Only three votes behind are Felix, Oscar & Omar — or FO&O (the boyband formerly known as the Fooo Conspiracy). This boy band were forced to rebrand themselves when they lost one member, but they still have their fans. The trio will end the show with a bang, as they will be flying over the audience on a platform. Eric Saade also used this prop with “Sting” in 2015.
Anton Hagman would be the last act the audience of tonight’s rehearsal would save. This YouTube star is now ready to launch his music career and is doing it with “Kiss You Goodbye”. Anton stands on the stage alone, but his charisma was enough to make 72 people name him as their favourite tonight.
That means 87-year-old Owe Thörnqvist, upcoming folk duo Bella & Filippa and Eurovision 2013 star Krista Siegfrids would be sent home. Krista — who debuted at Melodifestivalen last year — finished last in the audience poll. Let’s hope the audience at home will send more votes on her way!
Melodifestivalklubben emphasize that the audience in the dress rehearsals are mainly families. Just like the actual show, the rehearsal also includes the winners reprising their songs on stage in front of the audience. The results are completely fake, but they might have affected the result. This week Robin Bengtsson and Anton Hagman were randomly selected as the winners, while Jasmine Kara had some technical issues during her performance and she had to start over.
Do you think this might be the result we see tomorrow? You can still also vote for your own favourite(s) in our poll!
Audience poll results: Deltävling 3, Växjö
- 1. Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On” 37.1% (228 votes)
- Jasmine Kara – “Gravity” 17.6 % (108 votes)
- Felix, Oscar & Omar / FO&O – “Gotta Thing About You” 17.1 % (105 votes)
- Anton Hagman – “Kiss You Goodbye” 11.7 % (72 votes)
- Owe Thörnqvist – “Boogieman Blues” 8.0 % (49 votes)
- Bella & Filippa – “Crucified” 5.4 % (33 votes)
- Krista Siegfrids – “Snurra min jord” 3.3 % (20 votes)
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