Melodifestivalen 2020 continues on Saturday night with the second semi-final in Gothenburg. But we could have a clue as to who the show’s successes will be. Melodifestivalklubben’s audience poll, conducted at tonight’s jury rehearsal, has Méndez & Alvaro Estrella and Anna Bergendahl as the audience’s top two favourites, suggesting they’ll be the ones heading direkt till final on Saturday night.
Melodifestivalklubben — the Swedish chapter of the OGAE fan network — polled 697 audience members at the Scandinavium tonight’s rehearsal. They were asked “What was your favourite tonight?”
The semi-final audience was mostly families with children, while Méndez & Alvaro Estrella and Paul Rey were the two fake qualifiers who got to perform their song for the second time.
Leading the results was Méndez & Alvaro Estrella. The returning act and frequent Eurovision backing singer picked up 178 votes for their song, just over one-quarter of the total vote.
Coming in second was Eurovision comeback queen Anna Bergendahl. She received 131 votes, giving her 18.8%, suggesting she will may do better than 2019 and be heading directly to the grand final this time.
In third place — and possibly heading to andra chansen — was Dotter. Her song “Bulletproof” impressed audience members enough to pick up 129 votes — 18.5% of the overall vote. This suggests she will do better than her 2018 result and have a shot at the final via the second chance round. However, Dotter was received just two votes less than Anna Bergendahl, so a direkt till final position could be hers on the night.
In fourth place was Paul Rey. His song “Talking in my Sleep” picked up 117 votes, giving him a decent 16.8% of the overall vote. He could be the other act heading to andra chansen.
At the bottom of the poll was Klara Hammarström who had 63 votes (9%) for “Nobody”, Linda Bengtzing with 55 votes (7.9%) for “Alla mina sorger” and last-minute replacement Jan Johansen with 24 votes (3.4%) for “Miraklernas tid”.
Melodifestivalklubben audience poll results – Melodifestivalen 2020 semi-final 2 Gothenburg
- Méndez & Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos amigos” (178 votes – 25.5%)
- Anna Bergendahl – “Kingdom Come” (131 votes – 18.8%)
- Dotter – “Bulletproof” (129 votes – 18.5%)
- Paul Rey – “Talking In My Sleep” (117 votes – 16.8%)
- Klara Hammarström – “Nobody” (63 votes – 9%)
- Linda Bengtzing – “Alla mina sorger” (55 votes – 7.9%)
- Jan Johansen – “Miraklernas tid” (24 votes – 3.4%)
Of course, with such a small sample size, there’s no way of telling if this audience poll will play out correctly.
While previous predictions have been accurate, the audience poll hasn’t always got it right. In 2018 the poll infamously placed Felix Sandman second-to-last in his heat. Of course, he went on to finish runner-up to Benjamin Ingrosso while also spending several weeks atop the Swedish charts.
Last week’s poll had Felix Sandman as the most popular act in his semi, however on the night, he was one of the two andra chansen acts. While Robin Bengtsson went from being fourth in the poll to one of the two direct qualifiers in the semi-final.
Nonetheless — it’s a spot of fun and has proven generally correct in the past.
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