The sixth and final show of Melodifestivalen 2018 takes place on Saturday evening. And if the audience that attended the jury final on Friday has it right, then Benjamin Ingrosso is going to walk this.
The “Dance You Off” singer won the Melodifestivalen Club’s audience exit poll with 22.5% of the vote, owing to his slick moves, perfectly pitched falsetto and, lesbihonest, a rather amazing light display that transports him to his own technicolour universe.
Melodifestivalen 2018: Jury show exit poll
Wiwiblogger Deban is certainly feeling it. As he wrote in his review ahead of the final:
“Benjamin Ingrosso makes a fantastic sophomore return to Sweden’s greatest music TV show.’Dance You Off’ is a tasty slice of pop, with sassy funk sprinkles.”
“The song title invites group choreography, but Benjamin does it solo on stage. Perhaps a slight misfire. However, the falsetto vocals on this take me to the highest highs, and this pop sensation’s moves blend well with the incredible set design.”
Finishing second in the poll are three-time finalists Samir & Viktor with 15.9% of the vote.
The duo are currently #3 on Sweden’s Sverigetopplistan. Only one Melfest act — Felix Sandman — is above them (and he happens to top the charts with his number).
Wiwiblogger Bernardo was feeling their track “Shuffla” in his review ahead of the show.
“It’s anthemic, it’s current and it’s fresh,” he wrote. “Samir & Viktor may not be the best vocalists, but you can see they have clearly improved from their last two entries.”
“‘Shuffla’ is — by far — their best Melfest entry and has ‘summer hit’ written all over it. While you expect slick and polished performances from Melfest, the duo brings what Sweden needs at the moment: authenticity instead of 100% perfection. I wouldn’t mind seeing this one in Lisbon.”
The only other act to earn at least 10% of all votes is Liamoo with his song “Last Breath.”
At the other end of the spectrum, we see Polish star Margaret in 10th place with just 4.2% of the vote and Martin Almgren in 11th with 2.7%.
But it’s Jessica Andersson — a former Melfest winner and Eurovision star — who sits in last place. Her “Party Voice” didn’t go down well with fans, who awarded her just 2.4% of the vote.
Do any of these results surprise you? Do you think that the international juries will have reacted similarly to the spectators at the jury show? Let us know in the comments box below.
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