Four countries will choose their representatives for Eurovision 2017. Among them is Sweden, who after five weeks of semifinals and the second chance round are now finally deciding the winner of Melodifestivalen 2017.
Over the past week our readers have been able to vote for their favourites in our poll. Over 8,000 votes were cast and the winner got only two votes more than the runner-up. Our readers favourite to win Melodifestivalen 2017 is Wiktoria with “As I Lay Me Down”.
Wiktoria has been one of the favourites to win ever since she qualified from the fourth semifinal. Next to winning our poll with 1,444 votes, her song is the most streamed song from the Melodifestivalen finalists on Spotify. She was also the favourite of the audience in yesterday’s dress rehearsal.
After finishing fourth in last year’s final, many were looking forward to see Wiktoria back on the Melodifestivalen stage. In our recent interview Wiktoria told us that she wanted to do it all again because she had so much fun last year.
Only two votes behind is another artist returning to the Melodifestivalen final before. Jon Henrik Fjällgren returns two years after finishing second in 2015. This time he is joined by Aninia and together they are singing “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)”. The duo got 1,442 votes in our poll.
Melodifestivalen isn’t completely new experience for Aninia, who is now debuting as a singer in the contest. Back in 2009 she was one of the dancers behind Velvet back in 2009, alongside Anton Ewald.
Third place goes to Mariette, who is the favourite of our Wiwi Jury for tonight’s final. Like Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Mariette also competed at Melodifestivalen two years ago. There, she finished third behind Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Måns Zelmerlöw, who also went to win Eurovision.
Mariette finished third in our poll with 1,371 votes.
Robin Bengtsson — another former Melodifestivalen finalist — finished fourth in our poll. A year ago, Robin sang “Constellation Prize” in the Melodifestivalen final. Robin placed fifth, but the song became a big hit in Sweden and peaked at second place on the Swedish singles chart.
This year, Robin bring something different to the table. His song “I Can’t Go On” is more upbeat and the live performance has an element we have never seen at Eurovision before. Robin starts the performance from off stage before coming on at the end of the first verse. He was able to impress at least 11 percent of the voters, as he got 927 votes in our poll.
Three-time Melodifestivalen finalist Ace Wilder rounds out the top five with “Wild Child”. Ever since debuting in the contest back in 2014, Ace has always brought high-quality songs and performances to Melodifestivalen. Last year she placed third with “Don’t Worry”. From her debut year she has the silver medal, but she is still missing the golden one. Will this be her year?
Poll results: Who should win Melodifestivalen 2017?
1. Wiktoria — “As I Lay Me Down”: 17.98% (1,444 votes)
2. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia — “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)”: 17.95% (1,442 votes)
3. Mariette — “A Million Years”: 17.07% (1,371 votes)
4. Robin Bengtsson — “I Can’t Go On”: 11.54% (927 votes)
5. Ace Wilder — “Wild Child”: 10.12% (813 votes)
6. Nano — “Hold On”: 7.83% (629 votes)
7. Anton Hagman — “Kiss You Goodbye”: 5.17% (415 votes)
8. Benjamin Ingrosso — “Good Lovin’”: 3.32% (267 votes)
9. Owe Thörnqvist — “Boogieman Blues”: 3.27% (263 votes)
10. Lisa Ajax — “I Don’t Give A”: 2.81% (226 votes)
11. Boris René — “Her Kiss”: 1.69% (136 votes)
12. FO&O — “Gotta Thing About You”: 1.23% (99 votes)
Total Votes: 8,032
Which act are you supporting tonight? Do you think Wiktoria will grab the trophy? Let us know in the comments or in the wiwibloggs app!
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT