Ahead of the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018, the seven acts performed at tonight’s dress rehearsal. With a live audience in the arena in Karlstad, it’s the first time that a wider public reaction is available. As always, Swedish fanclub Melodifestivalklubben ran their usual audience exit poll.
The fan club polls the audience as they’re leaving the arena, to see who could be in line to do well tomorrow night. Tonight’s audience voted John Lundvik as their favourite, with his track “My Turn”.
John finishes with 164 votes from the audience, just ahead of Benjamin Ingrosso in second place. Benjamin received 159 votes in total for “Dance You Off”.
One thing to note, however, is that John got to perform twice tonight, as he was selected (at random) as a “winner” to reprise his entry. That could have potentially swayed some audience members, who were asked after this second performance.
That’s the same situation for the act who finished in third place: Sigrid Bernson, with “Patrick Swayze”. The former Let’s Dance pro was just behind the two men, with 153 votes.
Fourth place in the audience poll goes to Edward Blom with his truly bizarre staging for “Livet på en pinne”. His brand of Swedish humour clearly went down well with the audience, with 91 people selecting him as their favourite.
Unfortunately, last place in the poll went to Norwegian singer, Kamferdrops. Although there’s multiple Kamferdrops’ on stage, it seems that bigger does not necessarily mean better. She only received 22 votes from the audience; could she be in danger tomorrow night?
Melodifestivalen Semi-Final 1 Audience Poll
- John Lundvik, “My Turn” — 164 votes
- Benjamin Ingrosso, “Dance You Off” — 159 votes
- Sigrid Bernson, “Patrick Swayze” — 153 votes
- Edward Blom, “Livet på en pinne” — 91 votes
- Renaida, “All the Feels” — 61 votes
- Kikki Danielsson, “Osby Tennessee” — 29 votes
- Kamferdrops, “Solen lever kvar hos dig” — 22 votes
Of course, with such a small sample size, there’s no way of telling if this audience poll will play out correctly. It’s worth nothing, however, that last year’s first semi-final poll got all four qualifiers correct – just not quite in the right order.
What do you think of the audience poll? Do you think we could be in for a shock, or do you think the live audience got it wrong? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!
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