It’s been a long road, but we’re finally here. Tonight the seven acts competing in the fourth and final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2017 performed in front of a live audience inside Skellefteå Kraft Arena. After the last pieces of confetti had hit the ground, the Swedish fan club Melodifestivalklubben asked the departing audience members to name their favourite act — and the results are in.
This week Wiktoria topped the poll with 28.3% of the 724 votes. During last year’s Melodifestivalen final she earned the second-highest number of votes from the Swedish public and it seems that they are still loving this curly-haired diva.
She qualified directly to the final by winning her semi-final last year. Can she do the same this year with “As I Lay Me Down”?
In second place is jojkare — and Melodifestivalen 2015 silver medalist — Jon Henrik Fjällgren, who competes this year with Aninia. The duo earned 23.1% of the votes.
In what many fans will surely see as a shock, Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen placed only third with her song “Statements”. She is currently leading our poll of who should win the semi-final, but the audience in Skellefteå wasn’t that impressed. A total of 119 people thought her performance was the best tonight. Do the people of Skellefteå reflect the general population? We’ll find out on Saturday evening.
Just one vote behind is Alice with her EDM banger “Running with Lions”. Alice finished second on Swedish Idol in 2008 and is now debuting at Melodifestivalen. Could her legions of Idol fans take her higher here?
Fellow Idol star Axel Schylström, indie pop group Les Gordons and Sara Varga & Juha Mulari finished in the last three places and, if these results reflect reality, will be headed home.
Melodifestivalklubben stresses that the audience in tonight’s dress rehearsal were families, teenagers and adults. Many of them had difficulty in deciding their favourite act as they thought that many were worthy songs.
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 of the audience inside the arena. This week Alice and Loreen were randomly selected as the winners.
The audience poll is considered to be a good indicator of how songs will place in the Melodifestivalen live shows. However, last week Jasmine Kara finished second in the audience poll, but crashed out in the first round of the actual show. Sometimes the visuals seen in the arena don’t fully convey what is seen on the television screen.
Audience poll results: Deltävling 4, Skellefteå
- Wiktoria with “As I Lay Me Down” 28.3% (205 votes)
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat.Aninia with “En värld full av strider” 23.1% (167 votes)
- Loreen with “Statements” 16.4% (119 votes)
- Alice with “Running with Lions” 16.3% (118 votes)
- Axel Schylström with “När ingen ser” 9.8% (71 votes)
- Les Gordons with “Bound to Fall” 5.8% (42 votes)
- Sara Varga & Juha Mulari with “Du får inte ändra på mej” 0.3% (2 votes)
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Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT