The Melodifestivalen favourites at UNIBET have changed more than a few times over the past few months. Mariette emerged as the pre-contest favourite last November, only to be replaced by Liamoo as the weeks moved on. Ahead of last weekend’s contest in Malmö, Dotter lept to the top of the oddstable…only to crash out. And now that the dust has finally settled on semi-final three, Jessica Andersson has sashayed her way to the top spot.

The “Party Voice” singer, who has managed to take schlager back to the Melfest final, sat atop the UNIBET oddstable on Monday morning with odds of 3.75, putting her just ahead of Mariette — who will compete in SF4 — and Benjamin Ingrosso, who advanced direct to the final from SF1.

During the actual show last Saturday, many of us commented that we heard more backing vocals than her supposed party voice. But there’s definite charm to her performance, which has a vintage quality some will find dated, but others will find alluring and somewhat nostalgic. And it has to be said: Jessica can sing. So turn down that backing and let her shine!

Many of our readers have already responded on Twitter to say that the Swedish bookies are totally out-of-it.

Some want the song to win, but think it won’t…

While others are suggesting she’s a non-qualifier at Eurovision if she does win.

Where do you stand? Is “Party Voice” the best song in the final so far? Will the Swedish bookies continue to be incorrect with their guesses, as they were with Dotter? Or do you think there is something to this? Let us know in the comments box below.

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If it wins Melodifestivalen, I can’t really see it doing well in Eurovision. It is kind of enjoyable for what it is, but to win you have to do something really outstanding, be it musically, lyrically or visually. This is just a schlager pop song like many others.

Jo
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Jo

SHE COLLUDED WITH THE RUSSIANS! RELEASE HER EMAILS!!

Michael
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Michael

No way that Jessica wins, not with the international juries. Though I will admit I like her song far more than pretty boy Benjamin’s. What I think is going to happen is that the televote will be split between him, Liamoo, and whatever Mariette is singing (though we all said that Dotter would do very well and look at her now). As a result, it will be down to the results of the juries, who will choose the flashing lights of Benjamin’s song. He’ll win, the majority of people will be indifferent like they were for Robin’s song but, unlike… Read more »

Boy
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Benjamins Song is elivatermusic. IT don say me nothing. Mariette gonna Win.

Aaron
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Aaron

Why has fun become such a dirty word in the eurovision bubble? I loved eurovision because of it’s fun party nature. It was a celebration, we all got drunk and had a good time.

Now some people take it oh so seriously and anything above 3 beats per minute is to be scorned. It’s all about being artsy and experimental no thanks.

You could say I want to Make Eurovision Great Again LMAO

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

A song about “dancing like a mother” omg no. I hope international juries help Mariette save Sweden..

Aaron
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Aaron

And what exactly is wrong with a mother letting her hair down and having dance. Why be so uptight?

AngieP
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AngieP

It’s clearly a party song and that’s not a negative. Remember Germany 2013 for example. However, I’m not impressed at all by Melodifestivalen this year. I hope Mariette saves the game on Saturday.

Craig
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Craig

Sadly, I don’t see the international juries getting behind the Schlager Queen. Without having heard the SF4 songs, my money would be on Benjamin Ingrosso at the moment.

dsf
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dsf

i think she is too old

esc1234
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esc1234

omg Sweden is ready to live the Perreli days if she wins hahaaha

Denis
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Denis

I very much doubt that a song that got the least amount of “heartbeats”of all qualifiers is a candidate for the win. The polls here are against her, right now she is like 5th-6th somewhere. She didn’t exactly get praise when she qualified, people said it was the best of a weak semifinal. How that makes her the top candidate is beyond me. It wasn’t even a good performance..
But OK, look like folk over at Unibet knows something the Swedes don’t know..

Robyn Gallagher
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This morning I woke up with Dotter’s line “In other wooooords, in other wooooords” earworming in my head. It annoyed me so much that I’m happy for literally any other song to win Melfest 2018.

Eve
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Eve

I was feeling Blanche vibes, but this could be improved version, with better voice and staging. Damn it, I can’t believe she’s out! Hope she will try next year <3

O?uzhan Çölkesen
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O?uzhan Çölkesen

Please no! Although I’m rooting for Mariette, I hope Sweden chooses either Benjamin or Liamoo from the first 21 songs. Together with Dotter, those were the only songs that had a special Swedish touch in staging. I just can’t stand the idea of Sweden sending an ordinary song with a simple dance and lyrics that says Jessica is “dancing like a mother”. Her song is above average but not a Melfest winner. I also understand why some people don’t like Benjamin or Liamoo’s song, but honestly, those 2 are the only songs that I want to see on Eurovision’s spectacular… Read more »

friedenau
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friedenau

I hope they are right and Jessica wins Melfest! The song is dated but in a schlager classic way. It’s the kind of music that many people still love and listen to in north and central European countries (Helene Fischer salutes you). Go to way Jessica!

Milla
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Milla

Omg! I hope she won’t win! I don’t want my country to send a song from 2008. Come on Mariette!

Milla
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Milla

My mother is 62 and she likes Liamoo. Even she understands Jessica song is dated. So do I. I want him to win if no one has something better. Then perhaps Benjamin.

Marc
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Marc

I think Felix might be your saver 🙂
Not Mariette XD

Milla
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Milla

I hope so. NOT!

Alex
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Alex

I think this is best explained by somebody getting really drunk and placing way too high of a bet on her. Remember that a record bet being placed on Amaury Vassili is what sent him to the top of the odds in ESC 2011.

Harry Ingrosso
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Harry Ingrosso

C’mon Liamoo!! This is the only song, albeit a pop song, which could truly Sweden

Thiefoworld
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I get the hype about Jessica, his song is the very typical shlager song very liked in Sweden, obviously the swedes love it, however is a case similar to Spain’s, people outside of the country won’t like it as much.

Denis
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Denis

You’d be wrong if you think Swedes like it..

ALON ISRAEL
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ALON ISRAEL

Jessica was definately the best so far! very nice to listen to , very nice to look at…
she saved this years’ MF…
but, is it working in the eurovisions of last years??
(“hero”-sweden 2008 didn’t do well and it’s the same format)

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Sad, that the only good song in the final isn’t going to win, because the juries will destroy them. I’m still rooting for Samir & Viktor, bu they don’t stand any Chance at all.

D
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D

I’d be embarrassed for us if she wins. At this point unless something in SF4 stands out, the winner has to be LIAMOO or Benjamin, and I’m not even that crazy about LIAMOO

Eve
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Eve

Lol, is Sweden trolling us? Samir&Viktor- the only good performance with energy among those mediocrities, the only song which I’ve listened on repeat. But, since they kicked out Dotter, I expect everything now 😛

Insane
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Insane

Wait for Mariette!!!

BenasK
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BenasK

Everyone’s crying about the song being too generic. As if Benjamin or Liamoo weren’t as generic as you can get. Why can’t Sweden just not care too much for once and send a fun nostalgic ABBA-esque song that actually showcases the side of Swedish pop that so many people used to love a couple of decades ago. Jessica would bring much more fun to the contest than those cute mediocre boys and she would definitely stand out among all the genuine ballads and Ed Sheeran wannebes because this is the type of music that ONLY Sweden can send. Even if… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

We don’t cry cause it’s generic since ESC itself is generic song contest, we cry cause it’s a outdated oldfashioned song. We don’t want to do bad and with her we would do bad. People never voted for us because we gave them different versions of same schlager song

PP
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PP

In 1999 Sweden won with oldfashioned song sound like Abba songs from 70 ties. Maybe in 2018 Jessica win , with oldfashioned song sound like swedish song from Eurovision in early 00 ites.

BenasK
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BenasK

I’d personaly prefer another version of a schlager song (after 10 YEARS) rather than another version of a cute boy with a radiofriendly trash that would do well just because of the staging.

Kris
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Kris

Last time Sweden didn’t qualify, A Melfest reject had won DMGP. This year a Mello reject has won DMGP. Can it be an omen?

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Hope she wins, I dont care if we crash in the semis.. I just dont want us to send Mariette, Ingrosso or John..

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Unless Mariette brings a kickass song, it’s very open game, bookies aside. Personally still prefer S&K to Jessica, Liamoo or Benjamin! Even then, I’ve no clear fave like last year! Maybe NO top 5 for Sverige this year!

Héctor
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Héctor

WTF? I suppose the Swedes want to stay in the SF after so many year of qualifications… I can’t take this dated song seriously, sorry. Also, I don’t really like schlager.

Even if this isn’t a good year for Sweden as it seems, I think there are better options. Don’t really know why Jessica is up there.

Pasadena
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Pasadena

I love party voice, but it is a little dated and I don’t want it to win. Liamoo currenly miles ahead of competition.

Lolek
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Lolek

In a weird way, I could see Jessica going to Eurovision, especially if the ‘young’ voters divide their votes between LIAMOO, Benjamin and Samir och Viktor. They aren’t bad songs (of that group I have a guilty pleasure for S&V), but I just get the sense that they would appeal to the same audience. Whereas Jessica stands out a fair bit from the other songs in the final, despite sounding a bit dated, she would attract a very specific demographic that I don’t think would be as likely to vote for the aforementioned 3 acts. Granted, I do have trouble… Read more »

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

I really don’t care about MF this year. It’s almost as bad as the Lithuanian NF.

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

It’s not an amazing song, but it’s okay and I wouldn’t mind seeing my in Eurovision, mainly because I like Jessica Andersson. I haven’t heard a better one in Melodifestivalen this year yet.

Indonesian ESC Fan
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Indonesian ESC Fan

BENJAMIN or LIAMOO PLEASE WIN THIS THING!!
As an Asian I’d like to say please dont send Jessica to Lisbon.

Colin
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Colin

With the lack of a great song in Sweden, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jessica win. She is gorgeous and the song is fun. Sure, it’s cliche, but she can make a good party. It’s not like every year Sweden needs to be in top 10. With a good staging, Jessica can easily sneak into the finals and make it somewhere between 15th and 20th spot.

Eve
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Eve

She will stay in semi

Denis
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Denis

Lol random choice. There is no way she will win or even be top 5. Schlager is dead.
The winner is between Mariette, Ingrosso or Liamoo.
But if we are that stupid to send Jessica we get the result we deserve: crash in the semifinal.

Marc
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Marc

International juries will decide the winner again based on the voting system which means Benjamin or Liamoo will win.
I think Felix might the surprise in the last heat and he might fight for winning melfest as well.
Martin is the underdog that could surprise.
Mariette is not going anywhere unless juries push her really hard (her composer is Ireland’s Dying to try xD)

Ari
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Ari

Kinda says everything about the quality of this year’s entries, doesn’t it? Comparisons with the 2008 Perelli horror show come to mind.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Party Voice will be downvoted by juries, just like ESC juries downvoted ‘Verona’ – they seem not to like that vintage sound

Kris
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Kris

Duh! Which song won last year?

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Party Voice is much more simmillar to Verona than to Amar Pelos Dois

Denis
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Denis

There is a difference between vintage and oldfashioned. Estonia and Jessica are just that. Which is why no one likes them.
Salvador was vintage which is why he did well.

PP
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PP

I think with international juries at MF 2018, Jessica wili finish like Sanna Nielssen with song I m in love MF 2011.
I predict TOP 3 place with juries at MF 2018 ( i think Mariete, Benjamin wili be with her in TOP 3 with juries) and if she be in TOP 3 with televote Jessica can win MF 2018.
My prediction TOP 5 with juries
1.Marriete
2.Jessica
3.Benjamin
4.Martin
5.Liamoo

TOP 5 with televote
1.Liamoo
2.Benjamin
3.Jessica
4.Martin
5.Marriete

esc freak
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esc freak

Jessica has the best song after John but I don’t think she will win. I’d do with anything except Benjamin’s trash.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

I like the song and I thought the message is cute.

mila
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mila

I love how y’all are hating this song as if there is another one in the contest that is so much better. Benjamin Ingrosso might have the strongest entry and age for esc but Party Voice is one of the best songs this far imo. Also I wouldn’t have my hopes up for Mariette although she usually has great songs, her live vocals are pretty terrible… at least Jessica can sing. And LIAMOO, sure he sings well but since when does rapping do well in esc? You guys Sweden won’t win or be in the top 5/10 this year no… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Before we talk about live vocals we should remember that Sweden is the country that sent the likes of Anna Bergendahl, Eric Saade and Frans. They don’t care about vocals, they’re more about the show.

Marc
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Marc

Romania and Hungary beat Sweden in televote last year.. with Rap 😀
Televote and people love Rap 🙂

Denis
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Denis

Rap has done pretty well in the contest. Hungary sent rap last year and did well.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Rap is a mixed bag. If rap uplifts your song like with Romania or Hungary 2017, rap can do well, it can also get you in the final, like with RiskyKidd for Greece 2014.

Now if the rap doesn’t suit the song like in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 then you can flop.

MD
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MD

Yes, it’s the most typical schlager song Sweden could give us. Last time they sent a song like this was ten years ago, only to surprisingly finish 18th, while going for the victory. However, I can’t see something better from Sweden this year. Almost everybody tried to be original and experimental, but they all did it the wrong way and the artistic result was just atrocious. So I wouldn’t really mind seeing Jessica in Lisbon.

Vanessa
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Vanessa

As a Swede this is just some delusional bs like no. This is horrible and so unrealistic

Oisín T
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I’m laying that bet for sure

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Tbh, party voice is my favorite song on the final untill now. Might be a bit stereotypical schlager but it’s still my guilty pleasure xD

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Tbh, party voice is my favorite song on the final untill now. Might be a bit stereotypical schlager but it’s still my guilty pleasure xD

Marios
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Marios

We have said the same thing some times in the past, but this is the worst and most unispired MF, indeed.

Alvaricomg
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Alvaricomg

HAHAHAHAHAH OMG! is this serious? the song is so bad, generic pop music, nothing more, if this wins, I am afraid Sweden won’t reach the final…at least they will not deserve it

Janro
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Janro

I really doubt Jessica will win. I think one Benjamin Ingrosso, LIAMOO, John Lundvik, Mariette or Felix Sandman will win. I can’t see anyone else representing Sweden. Personally I’m rooting for LIAMOO. Last breath is outstanding!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I feel like the Swedish public will vote for Martin Almgren the most, you never know who the juries pick though. Maybe they’ll go with someone from the second chance round.

Marc
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Marc

International juries will vote for Benjamin and Liamoo.. we know they vote for staging and expensive acts rathen than songs/artists.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

To think that Dotter was the #1 favorite before last week’s semi happened lmao. Either way once again the international juries will decide the winner. I can’t see them going for Jessica.

Wendy
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Wendy

What happened in Sweden recently? Were they kidnapped by aliens and sent back with a new brain? Everything is out of control.