The third semi-final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019 will take place this weekend, but if the Melodifestivalklubben audience exit poll is anything to go by, we may be in for a surprise qualification. Dolly Style topped the poll, suggesting that their entry “Habibi” may be headed direkt till final on Saturday.
Melodifestivalklubben conducted their regular exit poll at the Friday night rehearsal of the third semi-final in Leksand. They asked departing audience members to name their favourites from the rehearsal.
Bubblegum pop trio Dolly Style topped the poll, with their cute track “Habibi” picking up 26.5% of the vote. This suggests that Dolly Style may be a direct qualifier on Saturday, rather than their two previous attempts which both ended in the andra chansen round.
Melodifestivalkubben notes that while many children attended the rehearsal, they were not uniform supporters of Dolly Style. Many preferred acts like Martin Stenmarck or Jon Henrik Fjällgren. Conversely, some adults picked “Habibi” as their favourite.
Coming in a very close second place is Jon Henrik Fjällgren. His “Norrsken” picked up only one vote less than “Habibi”, showing that support for Jon Henrik is just as strong. “Norrsken” earned 26.3% of the vote, suggesting that Jon Henrik will go DTF for the third time.
In third place was ex-FO&O singer Omar. His song “Om om och om igen” had 17.1% of the vote. This bodes for a better result than his FO&O bandmate Oscar Enestad who placed last in the second semi-final. Tonight’s poll suggests Omar will be heading to andra chansen.
Melfest veteran and Eurovision 2005 star Martin Stenmarck is in fourth place. His number “Låt skiten brinna” picked up 11.4% of the vote, which suggests he’ll be at andra chansen in two weeks.
The third semi-final is considered a particularly tough semi, and that’s clear from the quality of acts left in the bottom three. Ex-Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund had only 7% of the vote and P4 Nästa wildcard The Lovers of Valdaro had 6.4%. Idol 2016 runner-up Rebecka Karlsson — who many many Mello journalists considered an obvious DTF qualifier — was bottom with only 5.2% of the vote.
Melodifestivalklubben audience poll results – Melodifestivalen 2019 semi-final 3 Leksand
- Dolly Style – “Habibi” 144 votes (26.5%)
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Norrsken” 143 votes (26.3%)
- Omar – “Om igen” 93 votes (17.1%)
- Martin Stenmarck – “Låt skiten brinna” 62 votes (11.4%)
- Lina Hedlund – “Victorious” 38 votes (7%)
- The Lovers of Valdaro – “Somebody Wants” 35 votes (6.4%)
- Rebecka Karlsson – “Who I am” 28 votes (5.2%)
But as always, with such a small sample it’s hard to know how accurate the poll will be as a prediction of the semi-final results.
For the first semi-final, the Melfest was entirely accurate. It predicted the direct qualifiers, the two andra chansen acts, as well as the order of the bottom three.
However, last week things weren’t so spot on. Malou Prytz was predicted to place fifth, while she was a surprise direct qualifier. Margaret looked headed for andra chansen, but she ended up a shock non-qualifier. The poll did however predict Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO’s direct qualification and Vlad Reiser going to andra chansen. And it also correctly predicted that Oscar Enestad and Jan Malmsjö would be the bottom two acts.
Nonetheless — the poll is a bit of fun and has proven generally correct in the past.
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