The fourth and final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2019 is due to take place tomorrow evening in Lidköping. If Melodifestivalklubben’s rehearsal audience exit poll is accurate, it could be 16-year-old Bishara and Melfest returning act John Lundvik who will be headed direct till final on Saturday.
Swedish fan club Melodifestivalklubben conducted their regular exit poll after the Friday night rehearsal of the third semi-final in Lidköping. Club members asked departing audience members to name their favourite act from the rehearsal.
Melodifestivalklubben notes that Sparbanken Arena is a smaller venue and the rehearsal did not play to a full house. 555 audience members were surveyed in total.
Topping the poll with 166 votes was newcomer Bishara. The 16-year-old got his start performing covers on his Instagram account, and now performs “On My Own” for his Melfest debut. Bishara picked up 29.9% of the vote.
Following closely in second place was John Lundvik. The Melfest 2018 bronze finisher looks to be heading direct till final again with his 2019 entry “Too Late for Love”. He picked up 27.7% of the vote — a higher percentage of two poll winners from previous weeks.
Sweden’s Eurovision 1993 act Arvingarna look to be heading to andra chansen. They placed third in the poll with 17.6% of the vote for their song “I Do”. Melodifestivalklubben notes that while the rehearsal had a lot of families in attendance, many children spontaneously voted for the dansband.
Fourth place in the poll went to rock act Pagan Fury. The theatrical “Stormbringer” earned 11.7% of the vote, suggesting that Pagan Fury may be headed to andra chansen.
But with these four acts in the top, it means that three others may be missing out. Lisa Ajax — whose power ballad “Torn” is a fan favourite — only managed 10.1% of the vote. However, previous weeks’ polls put Malou Prytz and and Lina Hedlund each in fifth place and they both went on to directly qualify for the grand final. Could Lisa Ajax have a similar outcome?
Loreen-slayer Anton Hagan was sixth with a tiny 1.6% of the vote for “Känner dig”, while veteran Ann Louise Hanson had only 1.2% of the vote for her 13th Mello entry, “Kärleken finns kvar”.
Melodifestivalklubben notes that both Lisa Ajax and Bishara were randomly selected as the faux “winners” of the rehearsal show. As a result, they performed their songs again as part of the winner’s encore segment.
Melodifestivalklubben audience poll results – Melodifestivalen 2019 semi-final 4 Lidköping
- Bishara – “On my own” 166 votes (29.9%
- John Lundvik – “Too late for love” 154 votes (27.7%)
- Arvingarna – “I Do” 98 votes (17.6%)
- Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer” 65 votes (11.7%)
- Lisa Ajax – “Torn” 56 votes (10.1%)
- Anton Hagman – “Känner dig” 9 votes (1.6%)
- Ann Louise Hanson – “Kärleken finns kvar” 7 votes (1.2%)
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 exit poll 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’s results were a lot less accurate. While the poll predicted Dolly Style would win the show, the pop trio were shockingly eliminated. However, the poll did correctly pick Jon Henrik Fjällgren would go DTF and Martin Stenmarck would head to AC.
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