As the results were revealed during Saturday’s Andra Chansen, SVT set the running order for the Melodifestivalen 2017 final. As expected they’re mixing up genres to create the most interesting show possible. But are they also setting up Wiktoria for a win?

Ace Wilder will compete in the Melodifestivalen final for the third time and will open the show with “Wild Child” — her upbeat track which is performed before jungle LEDs. She’s followed by two artists who competed against her in the Melodifestivalen final last year: Andra Chansen qualifiers Boris René and Lisa Ajax.

Robin Bengtsson — another Melodifestivalen 2016 finalist — is up fourth and will be followed by Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia. From sexy singing on treadmills to spiritual joiking featuring a woman with a nose plate, the leap here is immense!

Anton Hagman, who beat Eurovision winner Loreen in the Andra Chansen, will sing in sixth position and he’ll be followed by Mariette (who will, no doubt, return with her slow-mo shots and dancers on bungee coords).

FO&O — who also qualified from the Andra Chansen — are up before the contest’s two big favourites.

Nano and Wiktoria remain the bookies’ favourites to win the final and they’re performing one after the other.

Benjamin Ingrosso, one of the youngest artists, sings in eleventh position with “Good Lovin'”. And 87-year-old Owe Thörnqvist — the oldest contestant ever to compete at Melodifestivalen — will close the show with “Boogieman Blues”.

Last year Frans won Melodifestivalen from tenth position. Now that spot has been given to Wiktoria.

Melodifestivalen 2017 final: running order

  1. Ace Wilder with “Wild Child”
  2. Boris René with “Her Kiss”
  3. Lisa Ajax with “I Don’t Give A”
  4. Robin Bengtsson with “I Can’t Go On”
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia with “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)”
  6. Anton Hagman with “Kiss You Goodbye”
  7. Mariette with “A Million Years”
  8. FO&O with “Gotta Thing About You”
  9. Nano with “Hold On”
  10. Wiktoria with “As I Lay Me Down”
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso with “Good Lovin'”
  12. Owe Thörnqvist with “Boogieman Blues”

What do you make of the running order? When is your favourite singing? Let us know in the comments!

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Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

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Markus
Markus
3 years ago

In my lonley opinion wiktoria and jon seems completley overrated! I think wiktoria will come 4-2 in jury and 3-1 in televote. Jon might come in 6-3 in jury and just like wiktoria 3-1 in televote. I think robin or marrtiete has good chanses! MY RANKING: Ace: 7-3 jury 6-3 televote Boris: 10-6 jury 10-6 televote Lisa: 9-7 jury 9-6 televote Robin: 5-1 jury 4-1 televote Jon/aninia: 7-2 jury 4-1 televote Anton: 11-7 jury 10-6 televote Marriete: 4-1 jury 4-2 televote Fo&o: 12-7 jury 10-6 televote Nano: 3-1 jury 3-1 televote Wiktoria: 5-2 jury 3-1 televote Benjamin: 7-5 jury 7-5… Read more »

Lanti
3 years ago

Jon Henrik, Robin, or Mariette to win please.
I don’t understand the hype for Wiktoria/don’t really like her song.

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
3 years ago

Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia si the only one not having a simular kinda song in competition together with Öwe. So these two have an advantage. I hope Jon gets loads of points. Öwe won’t receive many points form the international jury’s i guess. Jon might. Robin and Wiktoria will for sure as Christer always asks his gay friends over Europe to be the international ‘expert jury’. About Nano; i don’t get the fuzz around his song and vocal performance, it’s all nothing and he looks suicidal to me. I predict 1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia 2. Wiktoria 3.… Read more »

Wikshowia
Wikshowia
3 years ago

As I laid me down to get laid.

Bdou
Bdou
3 years ago

@Denis In my opinion, I think SVT still continues to hang on with the app because the app is generating a lot and I mean A LOT of votes. Just think about how many votes in total were counted since the creation of this app : last year, nearly 37 000 000 votes have been counted and this year so far, 29 000 000 votes have been counted (and it is shaping up to beat last year’s total votes) and yesterday, a new record for an AC round has been broken with 7 223 709 votes counted. Even though I… Read more »

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

Iberian, I am Swedish. I wonder myself what happened. Don’t think it’s any Trump effect, we have diversity. Jon Henrik and his Sami song is there. media analyse all day long what happened. Perhaps it was to dark? or she isn’t the underdog any-more, we love that here. Perhaps there was to much going on on stage? My guess would be it wasn’t packeted enough. Euphoria was art too but it was packeted with a good song. And Heroes told a story with the little balloon boy that made it accessible. Loooren had something to say but lacked ways of… Read more »

Iberian
Iberian
3 years ago

Again, thanks for clarifying, Denis. I assume you are Swedish… do you think you could explain to all of us what happened to your country? We used to think Sweden was modern, fresh and open to diversity. But is there a Trump effect in Sweden? I can’t believe what happened at Andra Chansen… A teenager with a reluctant song defeats a true and dark artistic innovation? The most boring R’n’B song ever wins over a fabulous drag-rock-act? A 90ies boyband wins against a witty fresh-air-performance?

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

iberian, the app has had problems since it was introduced. It never works the way it’s supposed to and often breaks down, especially during close voting. Every year people always complain about it and rightfully so. But for some reason SVT continues to hang on to it, as if MF existence depended on it. However after the massive critique it got last night they are bound to at least change it somewhat. I would love if they dropped it but I don’t see that happening.

latte
latte
3 years ago

Mariette!!!!!!!!! Hope you will win, 100% with her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQyW_SsTd-I&feature=youtu.be

Iberian
Iberian
3 years ago

Thanks for clarifying, Denis and Milla. So shouldn’t they drop the purple hearts? I mean, even if it’s just the app votes, it does take away the suspense. As said, the moment Loreen’s performance was through, we all knew she had lost, her heart was not really lit up. I dunno, I still think it’s strange to indicate during the show if a song is getting a lot of votes through the app or not. But if the Swedes like it, then fine by me.

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

relax people, we Swedes don’t expect us to win this year anyway. None of the songs are strong enough to win ESC, not even Loreen. Had we aimed for a win Björkman and the gang would have elected stronger entries. We had much stronger fields in 2015 and 2016 with ESC winners in the pack. This year not so much.. Two of the songs are top 5 material: Wiktoria and maybe Robin. Three are top 10 material: Mariette, Nano, Robin and maybe Jon Henrik. Rest are fillers. Jon Henrik could go both ways. So we don’t aim for a win… Read more »

Milla
Milla
3 years ago

@teo
What? I don’t think so. Sweden won in 2012 and 2015, it’s not like two decades ago! A very hasty analasys 😀 And this year among all these poor selection of songs (so far) we will not have any problem to get a good result. We will be back.

teo
teo
3 years ago

Rejecting Loreen was the LAST GOOD decision that Sweden made. From now on Sweden is like Ireland = trapped in its own previous successes. Now Sweden is looking for a Carola, or Mans, like Ireland is looking for a new Johnny Logan.
Sweden has a type…and its stubborn… Congratulations Sweden…you are now like Ireland…but not in the way you wanted!!!
IMO Jon and Aninia, or Anton

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

iberian, the heart is only for the app. It doesn’t show who vote the old way with SMS or calling. It was possible to vote before the duels began but it didn’t show on the heart. Loreen and Anton had a very close race, apparently only a difference of margins. Both had the same amount of votes. Colin, the international juries are there to indicate which songs would work in ESC. Since it’s Europe who vote in ESC the idea is to do a random selection of countries in East and West to see how they appreciate our entries. So… Read more »

Iberian
Iberian
3 years ago

Thanks a lot, Milla! I was so surprised yesterday – everybody on social media knew already before the final results that Loreen was going to lose her duel. Everyone said it was clear anyway because of the (empty) purple heart during her performance. So if Ace has an not entirely purple heart I’ll know she won’t get far, right?

AndersP
AndersP
3 years ago

For anyone wondering why Ace is going first, I suggest going on YouTube or DailyMotion and searching for the microphone only performance where her many many backing singers aren’t included in the soundtrack. It’s a car crash of epic proportions.

Mellomania
Mellomania
3 years ago

Go Mariette! Wiktoria*s songs sounds like dated Taylor Swift from the 2008, Love Story, era.

Milla
Milla
3 years ago

Voting with the app that is.

Milla
Milla
3 years ago

I don’t think the heart shows it all. It only works as some kind of indicator if people vote during the performance. But it’s possible to vote before they perform. For example, I voted for Loreen before she entered the stage. To take Anton and Loreen as an another example it seems to have been a very close race even if the heart didn’t show it for Loreen.

LetMeJinx
LetMeJinx
3 years ago

Now… Wiktoria has to save this. Or Ace/Mariette, I won’t stand behind the rest.

Iberian
Iberian
3 years ago

Help! I’m watching Melodifestivalen for the first time this year and there is something I don’t get, even though I’ve googled it. When an act is singing there is that purple heart, that seems to indicate if the song is popular or not. How is this measured? By the votes already coming in? And what is the meaning of it? That’s how you can know if a song passes/wins the duel/has a chance of winning the final way before the final results??? It’s so weird. Can someone explain? Thanks a lot!

Nickc
Nickc
3 years ago

I am happy with wiktoria or robin. Rest is meh for me.

Milla
Milla
3 years ago

I don’t understand why people like Jon-Henrik and Aninia so much. I mean.. she repeats the same sentences over an over again! Non-swedes don’t understand and find it to be an amazing song. Maybe the juries will consider it to. But come on.. it’s very repetative! And it’s not only swedes voting on that poll on svt. Just saying.. I’m rooting for Wiktoria to get first place with the telvotes. But it’s no clear winner this year.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

I think Wiktoria is the “obvious” winner – it’s really her show to lose. Ace will do fine going first.

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

@ Briekixchi: Jon Henrik finished a very respectable third with the juries, with an arguably weaker song that time. This time round, he could garner second or a very strong 3rd…and with a great televote…. 🙂

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

Well, it’s down to Jon Henrik/Aninia or Wiktoria for me! Honestly, though, based on overall performance, song, staging, etc, I’d prefer to see the first go to Kyiv.
Everything about their act is well-suited and designed for the big ESC stage! Yes, even a shot at winning! To me this contest is much more wide open now that the pre-contest favourite has bowed out! #TeamJonHenrik

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
3 years ago

Anybody but Wiktoria would be a pleasant surprise.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

I just hope that for once this year, the winner of Melodifestivalen wins BOTH jury and televote. It is underwhelming how much time general audience or professionals get cut. Winners so far (counting those who used both in their NF): Estonia – only by televote (6th choice of J) Spain – only by jury (3rd choice of T) Slovenia – only by jury (2nd choice of T) Belarus – only by jury (4th choice of T) Poland – only by jury (3rd choice by T) Albania – only by jury (2nd choice by T) Georgia – only by jury (2nd… Read more »

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

This year has a weaker finals for Sweden than the last. Last year, I at least liked every finalist’s song. This year…meh. There are no *bad* songs, but several leave me indifferent. For who I DO love, it’s Jon Henrik feat Aninia and Wiktoria. Those two songs would be in my top 10. Mariette is also very good. I wouldn’t mind Owe because he is so darn cute. Others just aren’t something I would pick-up my phone for in the ESC. Personally, I’d prefer Jon Henrik feat Aninia. The song is the most unique and magical out of all. Ps.… Read more »

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
3 years ago

Note to self: stop watching Melodifestivalen, it’s not worth the upset one feels after seeing awesome songs and performers being voted out over mediocre singers with pathetic songs. Never again!

TK
TK
3 years ago

Rooting for Jon Henrik & Aninia but will be happy for anyone other than the country pop poodle. Great voice but her song is naff…

The Orinoco Child
The Orinoco Child
3 years ago

Geez can’t believe Bjorkman chose Ace to open – now she’s screwed! Though Charlotte Perelli opened in 2008 and still won so let’s hope Sweden repeats itself. Go Ace! You deserve it. “Wild Child” is amazing!

Blaziker from SG
Blaziker from SG
3 years ago

My predictions for the final: Overall winner – Wiktoria (Surely that would made up the injustice of her missing out of 2016. I’m still feeling she could do well at Eurovision just because technically her song is not a ballad but a pop-country track instead and the LED bed is a great prop to the song lyrics) International Jury winner – Wiktoria (Probably the most expected, although based on song genre, Jon Henrik feat Aninia may surprise) Televoting winner – Jon Henrik feat Aninia (They will be backed up by the large Swedish crowd, and this could help if they… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Welcome Jaussie to Wiwibloggs! Please don’t say Australia will lose right before a contest – look what happens to the Ashes when the cricketers do that (Australia goes on to win)!! 😀

Owe Thornqvist is actually very good. More than that: he is literally a living legend in musical comedy. Never write him off. I could easily see him winning Melfest (especially if the competition isn’t up to par, or keeps on swearing for no reason).

Mikaela
Mikaela
3 years ago

Robyn Gallagher: No, last spot is usually reserved for something fun and harmless when it comes to the final. Like Hasse Andersson last year (I think?). So Owe is not a contender for the victory.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

I’m surprised there isn’t a conspiracy theory reckoning that Björkman wants Owe to win because he’s given “Boogieman Blues” the “pimp slot”.

SarahM
SarahM
3 years ago

Fingers crossed for Mariette! She definitely deserves to win.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Now this is how you rig a contest. You put all the fan favourites in the death zone and Bjorkman’s favourites in pimp positions.

Cambell Grace
Cambell Grace
3 years ago

Ace opening the final seems to me like Bjorkman thinks she’ll end up in the mid tables somewhere around 5th to 8th. It’s a shame because Wild Child is better than Don’t Worry but obviously she won’t ever top Busy Doin’ Nothin’. Boris and Lisa you could also probably rule out of winning contention, but I could still see them doing perhaps okayish, between 6th and 10th. Robin performing 4th could perhaps be a good thing I mean Jon Henrik performed 4th in 2015 and he finished 2nd. I could see him finishing in the upper table somewhere between 3rd… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Jon Henrik should do well with televotes but if I remember last time, when he finished second, international juries held him back a bit, right?

Jaussie
Jaussie
3 years ago

Hello from Australia. Since about 2013 when I got into the Eurovision world, Sweden has sent songs that appeals to wide audiences. Which I believe dooms some countries that send non-english songs (however there are exceptions Jamala). Personally I could see Wiktoria and Nano performing better if chosen with majority of voters and somewhat with juries. Either way, Sweden should do well this year. Plus a win is a likelihood. As for Australia, a 5th and 2nd is probably the best we will do. I can’t see us winning, but will wait and see the artist and song picked next… Read more »

Chicken Kyiv?
Chicken Kyiv?
3 years ago

Hoping for Mariette. Andra tonight proves that the voters aren’t doing what the bookies tell them.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Hugs for Luis Fuster. 🙂
Oh, and you might want to keep away from world news. 🙁

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

Some comments on the running order: Opening of the show with a dance song and close with a dance song. Maybe it’s not that good Ace is first. Mariette is in the middle (really good) and it’ll stand out as the previous and the following song aren’t strong. Wiktoria and Nano have a really good position towards the end. This is an advantage. Wishes: I really want Mariette to win. Her song is amazing! I also like Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia. Love to see them in Eurovision. I’d love to see Boris. His song has such energy! I don’t… Read more »

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

The likely winner will be any of the juries top 3 picks. In fact just like last year the juries could decide this since they still use the old individual 12 points system where they rank each song. With voters using app their votes are more spread out which why Frans last year didn’t get that expected crushing win. Had the televoting also been 12 points system he probably would have got more points than Måns. Any of the juries top 3 picks will win cause they all can get enough tele voters to top it all. And Jon Henrik… Read more »

Karl B
Karl B
3 years ago

I’d love to see a victory for either Ace or Jon Henrik

PP
PP
3 years ago

Lukewarm

Sweden have chance to beat Italy with Wiktoria, becuase juries wili push so hard in points Sweden and EBU baby Australia, plus they wili push so hard I thinks this year The Netherlands. Italy wili have same faith with juries like Italy 2015 or worst fait like Russia in 2012.

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
3 years ago

Please let jon Henrik win this…

v
v
3 years ago

I predict a close race between Wiktoria and Jon Henrik & Aninia. The latter will win the televote (considering Jon’s popularity and their current momentum), the question is by which margin and whether the international juries will go for it or not. Possible outsiders are Nano and Robin Bengtsson, but I doubt either of them will get enough points from both juries and the televote.

Aria
Aria
3 years ago

Time for beating heart by order :
1. Boris : 90 secs
2. FO&O: 87 secs
3. Lisa : 85 secs
4. Anton : 78 secs
5. Axel : 70 secs
6. De Vet Du : 65 secs
7. Dismissed : 1+25 secs( two distinct periods of flickers)
8. Loreen : 0 secs( no distinct flicker)