On Saturday night, 12 acts will compete in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2020, aiming to win and contest and be Sweden’s act for Eurovision 2020. And now we could have a clue as to who the lucky winner might be. Melodifestivalklubben’s audience poll, conducted at tonight’s jury rehearsal, suggests that Anis Don Demina may be the act to beat — at least with the Swedish public.
Melodifestivalklubben — the Swedish chapter of the OGAE fan network — polled 1314 audience members at Friends Arena in Stockholm after tonight’s rehearsal. They were asked “What was your favourite tonight?”
The club notes that while both children and adults answered the poll, there was not much difference between the favourites of the different age groups.
Topping the poll is Anis Don Demina who had 367 votes. His feel-good song “Vem e som oss” was popular with audiences, picking up 27.9% of the vote.
The popularity of his song hasn’t come out of nowhere. “Vem a som oss” is currently No.3 on the Spotify Sweden Top 50 chart, his semi-final performance video is the most popular of all Melfest 2020 acts, and the single is currently sitting at No.3 on the Swedish singles chart.
But challenging in second place is Dotter. Her song “Bulletproof” picked up 151 votes. With 11.5% of the votes, it is more than half as less as “Vem e som oss”. “Bulletproof” is also a popular track, and has the second most popular video, and is currently No.4 in both the Swedish singles chart and the Spotify Sweden Top 50.
Hanna Ferm is a close third with 147 votes or 11.2% of the vote. Her popularity is also reflected with her No.5 spot in the same two Swedish charts, while her “Brave” video is the third most popular Mello semi-final video.
Anna Bergendahl and The Mamas closely followed in fourth and fifth places, each picking up just over 10% of the vote. With so many powerful female acts in the grand final, this suggests there might not be an overwhelming audience favourite among them.
Melodifestivalen 2020 grand final – Melodifestivalklubben audience poll
- Anis Don Demina – “Vem e som oss” 367 votes (27.9%)
- Dotter – “Bulletproof” 151 votes (11.5%)
- Hanna Ferm – “Brave” 147 votes (11.2%)
- The Mamas – “Move” 140 votes (10.7%)
- Anna Bergendahl – “Kingdom Come” 134 votes (10.2%)
- Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions” 101 votes (7.7%)
- Robin Bengtsson – “Take a Chance” 68 votes (5.2%)
- Victor Crone – “Troubled Waters” 66 votes (5%)
- Paul Rey – “Talking in My Sleep” 52 votes (4%)
- Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos Amigos” 50 votes (3.8%)
- Mohombi – “Winners” 31 votes (2.4%)
- Mariette – “Shout It Out” 14 votes (1.1%)
Does the audience poll predict the Melodifestivalen winner?
The audience poll may predict how the Swedish public will vote, but the opinions of the Swedish public only determine 50% of the Melodifestivalen grand final result. The other half is decided by eight international juries. They might not share the same enthusiasm for Anis’ Swedish-language track.
However, the Melodifestivalen blog reports that Anis added some English words to his performance graphics — the cover of his Shurda magazine. This includes the bold declaration that “The ESC jury says Anis will be unbeatable in Rotterdam”.
If the jury strongly favours one another act in the show, it might be enough to tip the balance their way with the final result.
In 2018 and 2019, the audience poll correctly predicted Benjamin Ingrosso and John Lundvik as the winners. However, in 2017, poll favourite Wiktoria placed second in the televote and sixth overall in the grand final.
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