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

  1. Anis Don Demina – “Vem e som oss” 367 votes (27.9%)
  2. Dotter – “Bulletproof” 151 votes (11.5%)
  3. Hanna Ferm – “Brave” 147 votes (11.2%)
  4. The Mamas – “Move” 140 votes (10.7%)
  5. Anna Bergendahl – “Kingdom Come” 134 votes (10.2%)
  6. Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions” 101 votes (7.7%)
  7. Robin Bengtsson – “Take a Chance” 68 votes (5.2%)
  8. Victor Crone – “Troubled Waters” 66 votes (5%)
  9. Paul Rey – “Talking in My Sleep” 52 votes (4%)
  10. Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos Amigos” 50 votes (3.8%)
  11. Mohombi – “Winners” 31 votes (2.4%)
  12. 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.

What do you think? Does the audience poll predict who will win Melodifestivalen 2020? Or could there be some surprises? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Trist
Trist
7 months ago

This Demina guy is just a “Macklemore – can’t hold us” rip-off.

Lolek
Lolek
7 months ago

wow dotter was amazing! Fingers crossed for her, she slayed!

John
John
7 months ago

Dotter is my first choice, but let´s face it – this is NOT what the general Swede will vote for. My guess is that Dotter will be 5th-6th with the viewers and top 3 with the juries = not enough.

Best chance: The Mamas, which will probably win the jury vote and be top 3 with the viewers. Them or Anna B will win it,
Dotter 4th?

Denis
Denis
7 months ago
Reply to  John

Eh, general Swede has also made Dotter the most streamed Spotify act, and the most viewed MF entry on YouTube, Anis excluded. And she is still trending. on YouTube.Voting should be no problem, they are already familiar with her..

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
7 months ago
Reply to  John

I also have the feeling that the Mamas will win it. Swedes tend to go to happy feelgood songs and this is what is closest to it.

Bee
Bee
7 months ago

He will be top 5 with the televote and bottom 5 with the juries. Very predictable. He will finish in the bottom.

Emelie
Emelie
7 months ago

I would be so happy if this won. It may not be the best song against the other contries, but it would be true to what we swedish people do enjoy listening to. We know that we are good at making polished popmusic and we done it so many times, and even though I like the other songs like: Dotter, the mamas and Anna (I would love a girl entry for Sweden also) I don’t feel like they have any surprise moments. Anis song is joyful, positive and relax – it makes you happy, and I would love for a… Read more »

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

I really hope this wins just to see the reaction of all the Dotter fans!

Polliu
Polliu
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Me too. Still don’t get the hype of Dotter. Typical pop song and rehearsed Swedish performance.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  Polliu

Go hate your own country

Denis
Denis
7 months ago

Interesting voting. really close at the top. Could mean good news for Dotter. If she got that high up in a audience mostly consisting of young people and children then she should reach high up in other groups as well.
Could also mean bad for both Mamas & Anna since they both seem to drift towards older people. Let’s also not forget the poll yesterday where Anna got among the last..
But it is close voting

Jago
Jago
7 months ago

Dotter, the one and only. Don’t mess up Sweden.

Doc
Doc
7 months ago

This is brilliant!

I’m old enough to remember the contests pre-1999 before the free-language rule was applied (my first contest on TV was Rome 1991, and I went to Eurovision 1993 in Mill Street with my parents) the music back then was much more culturally diverse and interesting. It would be great for Sweden to send a song in Swedish.

Mr X
Mr X
7 months ago
Reply to  Doc

My first ESC was 1978 and I´m sharing your emotions and opinions.

Sarchina
Sarchina
7 months ago
Reply to  Doc

Anis Don Emina has however said he will translate the song into English if he wins

No One
No One
7 months ago

I must confess that even though I’m rooting for Dotter and Anna, I find myself listening to Vem e som oss on a daily basis. It just lifts my mood! I really wouldn’t mind if it won (but it won’t)

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
7 months ago

Call me crazy, but I am actually rooting for this one, It would be so great to have Swedish again in the ESC after so many years and the song and the act is super funny

Daniel
Daniel
7 months ago

Really really hope, Anis will win. We need more original and less polished swede-pop.
But I know it’s impossible. Juries will slaughter Vem E Som Oss and Dotter will of course win.

Helene
Helene
7 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Like this is original… not. it is a fun afterski song.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
7 months ago

I just noticed that the only Melfest debutant in the grand-finals this year is Paul Rey. Wow Sweden really wants to win again. Hope Dotter’s Bulletproof will go to Rotterdam!

Lokh
Lokh
7 months ago

Don Demina=Rolandz 2.0
There will be a similar result

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
7 months ago

One year Victor and Samir won it to and they came 12 th in the final. Last. Just saying, children vote more in the rehearsels , its more familys that are there.

Lokh
Lokh
7 months ago

Anna will win.
Unfortunately or fortunately

Mr X
Mr X
7 months ago

He´s even my favourite but I´m sure that he will not win.

Horan
Horan
7 months ago

It is a stolen song with swedish lyrics, as easy as that, what is new about that?

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

This must win! It has ESC winner written all over it. Go Anis! 🙂

West
West
7 months ago

I wish Anis great success and amazing career in his home country, albums and singles at the top of the charts. However I don’t think this song should win. Not only I really doubt it would do well in Eurovision, but there are few songs that deserve the victory more.
My winners are Mariette or Dotter.

Emkay
Emkay
7 months ago

He won’t win. This seems like a very Swedish entry, especially with the magazine led on stage that looks like it has a lot of inside jokes for Melodifestivalen fans. It doesn’t seem to translate, unless he can turn those into Eurovision references.

That being said, on the off chance that he does win, he should definitely keep the song in Swedish. Be the first act from Sweden in years to perform in their native language.

Lein
Lein
7 months ago

„Bulletproof” is the only song from Melodifestivalen trending on YouTube (Sweden) so far. I’m still confident she will win tonight

John
John
7 months ago

No, he wont win!! The public votes are divided into seven age-classes, and while he got the whole arena up on their feet, he wont get the same support from the other side of the screens. Its a reason he got through via Andra Chansen…
And the juries will definitely not place him among top 3.

This is still the ladies night. Dotter, The Mamas or Anna.

Markus
Markus
7 months ago

I personally don’t really like the song. But at least, it’s innovative and fresh – that’s unusual for a Swedish entry.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago
Reply to  Markus

it shamelessly rips off a 2013 song and you call it “innovative and fresh”… okaaaay

Una
Una
7 months ago

I don’t like this song at all 🙁 Now I am curious to see how will it fare tonight.

Berco
Berco
7 months ago

If he wins MF, is he going to be arrested in May because of plagiarism? Because he should be.

Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
7 months ago

If Anis actually wins, this will be the very first time I dont want Sweden to qualify. And thats a big step in taste

MartyMcCU
MartyMcCU
7 months ago

Yes I can see him win MF, the international juries will also score him high . Say good bye to the final in May Sweden, Swedish rap well all I can say nil points . I think they know maybe every 10 years they don’t qualify for the final . Be prepared not to be upset.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
7 months ago

Speechless… Thank god there are international juries tonight. It’s Dotter for me, alternative Anna or The Mamas or even Hanna, but please, no…

Una
Una
7 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

I don’t like Vem e som oss but I think it’s more “real” than Brave. Both are all over the place stagewise. The choreography is kind of for the younger ages. I can imagine girls singing and dancing to Brave in the mirror trying to immitate’s Hanna’s pout and tapping on their chests.

Jai
Jai
7 months ago

I was really hoping Sweden would finally be represented by a woman this year

Andi
Andi
7 months ago
Reply to  Jai

Let it be three!!!

Jake
Jake
7 months ago

I’ve been saying this for awhile. But I’m pretty confident that this years winner will be decided by the international jury. Swedish songs are always downvoted by the international jury. I can’t remember the last time one that was top 3 with jury. I actually think the mamas could win—these types of songs have done well with juries at Eurovision lately—Cesar and Lundvik. Anis is bound to be top 3 with Swedish public and last with juries.

Boozyfloozy86
Boozyfloozy86
7 months ago

Low rent Fatman scoop… no thanks

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
7 months ago

Owhh! Well, I didn’t see this coming!
Should be a good final.

Olivia Mac Arthur
Olivia Mac Arthur
7 months ago

This is such a guilty pleasure, but I don’t know if it should win. Personally my favourite is the Mamas.

Polliu
Polliu
7 months ago

The jury will stop him from winning.

CRAIG
CRAIG
7 months ago

Thanks heavens the international juries will avoid him winning!

Reverb
Reverb
7 months ago

You know for once I would love for one of those melodifestivalenklubben idiots to come out and say “Yeah, we’re stupid, sorry guys, can’t help it. We are just cannot help but shamelessly vote for mindless fun while the whole of Europe’s watching”. That would make me feel good.

Kirby
Kirby
7 months ago

Dotter is the one and only.

Marc
Marc
7 months ago
Reply to  Kirby

Mamas or Anna are there and also worthy. Sweden luckily has more than one option

Stef
Stef
7 months ago

Anna says: ”Forever I’ll keep on singing and this time maybe I’ll be winning for the lonely ones!” but I have just noticed that. I thought she was saying ”and this time baby I’ll be winning”….and I think she will and she deserves it! Just give the crown to Anna so we could enjoy an amazing contemporary country song and some great dancers on the ESC stage!

Héctor
Héctor
7 months ago

The song is okey. He delivers and it’s uplifting, but having listened to Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” I can’t help but think this is lazy and way too similar. I can’t stand it but I won’t be mad if it wins.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
7 months ago

Sweden will never another Swedish language song.

EPrdouc
EPrdouc
7 months ago

Dotter to win.

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

I’ve just re-watched Anis’ performance and he really delivers. and lowkey he has one of the best and most original stagings in this Melfest. We’ve seen so many mapping and light effects stagings (nobody is surprised by that anymore) but he does something different that goes with his personality. I can see why young people in Sweden really like him.

Alex
Alex
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

And yes his song is a rip off but so many songs in Eurovision and Melfest are sadly

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
7 months ago

I like Anis. I think he could do well with *certain* age groups in the televote but come on, there’s no way international juries are going to put him in the top five and we all know the juries are where Melfest is won or lost.
Surprised that Vamos Amigos didn’t do a little better with the audience.

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

He played up to the juries tonight – namechecking them at the start, and having his fake headline say “a huge success in Rotterdam” or something like that. Maybe that will get him an extra point or two.

Alex
Alex
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Lol. Imagine him at Eurovision starting with “Eeeuroope” and then playing up in the end with something fun or genius lol

Ricky
Ricky
7 months ago

The international juries are gonna put him last just like Samir and Viktor in 2018. Its between Dotter, Anna Bergendahl and the Mamas!

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
7 months ago
Reply to  Ricky

The juries put Mendez last in 2018

Bella
Bella
7 months ago

I almost forgot Sweden had a national language, so I was quite happy to see a song in Swedish… Oh but wait, it’s in Swedish but it’s a pale copy of American rap (sounds like a Macklemore rip off actually). Seriously Sweden, would love to see your own culture some day.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Ironic in a way that the singer who’s been most successful singing in Swedish in recent years at Melodifestivalen, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, was born in Columbia.

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

If we wanted, we could learn something from this fact about how culture _actually_ works. 😉

Erik
Erik
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Our own culture? Melodifestivalen is maybe the most Swedish culture you can get

Darren
Darren
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Agreed!
Sweden has such a rich culture but they are afraid to show it for some reason.
Even when they are hosting the contest, it’s all about everyone else not them.

Erik
Erik
7 months ago
Reply to  Darren

When we host the contest? In 2016 we showed a lot of Swedish music with the flag parade orchestrated by Swedish edm music and a reel with Swedish music export . Even Justin Timberlake sang a song written by Shellback and Max Martin. In 2013 we had a scetch about Swedish culture. Another scetch in 2016 was about how serious we are about esc. And that’s sort of true. Yes, our most watched broadcast every year is watching Disney at 3 on Christmast eve. On second place comes the melodifestivalen grams final. Maybe not the kind of culture that would… Read more »

Bella
Bella
7 months ago
Reply to  Darren

That’s the thing: despite Sweden being heavily featured in each ESC and hosting twice in recent years, I literally have no idea what Swedish culture is about or what real Swedish music sounds like (yes I know that tons of Swedes write successful songs for American artists… that’s still not Swedish music, they’re just playing in the pop music field established by Anglo-Saxon culture). People can make fun of Portugal, but at least you know what their music sounds like. Right now when I think of Sweden, I just think of some ersatz of America where everyone speaks English. And… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

To be fair, Bella, at ESC 2013 Petra tried to entertain and educate with the ‘Swedish Smorgasbord’ performance, which was campy and light but referenced a lot of Swedish values and cultural contributions. Sweden loves Eurovision and is in many ways the modern home of the Contest, Sweden is also known for inventive fun pop music, and all of that is what the ESC 2016 host performances sought to show. Love Love Peace Peace surely ranks as one of the best interval acts in ESC history. Reindeers and joiking or not, Sweden’s recent hosting was exemplary and set high standards.

Bella
Bella
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Oh don’t get me wrong, Sweden can host great contests and has proven so! And yes I did enjoy Love Love Peace Peace, like mostly everyone I guess. But that’s not the point: I just feel like the music displayed at Eurovision by Sweden is very Americanized and has nothing Swedish about it.

American ESC Fan
American ESC Fan
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Well Sweden are afraid that a 2010 repeat may occur if they tried to be daring. Or at least that how I’m perceiving it.

Oy oy
Oy oy
7 months ago
Reply to  Bella

I see your point, but there are so many other countries never showing their «own» music either so it’s not fair to just refer to Sweden (and no, I’m not Swedish;)

Erik
Erik
7 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Let me try again. We watch American shows on tv (talkshows, reality tv etc.) so our culture is of course part of that. Of course we have not always been influenced by the US. But I’d say that Swedish culture is often explained in the DIFFERENCES from American culture. We cherish equality a lot. In schools, in society as a whole. Parents have paid leave to be with their children. Government funded public childcare. Free public schools including lunch and books. We hold environmental issues high. Sorting your waste is like a cult of its own. We have a lot… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago

One thing for Anna: I really hope they change her hair, make up, and outfit. She’s look 40 or 50 years old in her SF performance but she’s only 28 years old. Anna is 5 years younger than Dotter, who instead looks about 20 years old.

Mariss
Mariss
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

thats actually a shock to me, thought anna was a lot older…

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Hm, like you said earlier – women have it harder. I think she looks great.

Anisa
Anisa
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

What??? She’s 28?!

Berco
Berco
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

OMG! I was thinking she is a good looking 45-50! and all people want her to win respecting her age. I am quite shocked 🙂

Una
Una
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

These comments are just terrible. Judging women’s looks like that. Both Anna and Dotter are beautiful. And Anna is so fit and athletic. Gorgeous.

No fatshaming men or talking about overweight bellies either but why are always the women on spot? WHY!!!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago
Reply to  Una

Una, there’s an important difference between criticising someone’s physical features/looks (which I did not do) and critiquing the way someone is/has been styled (which is what I did). Performers use style to engage viewers, particularly on stage, so this is something that can be critiqued. The performance industry are many many awards that judge on hair, make up, and clothing. Women and men of course should be respected and treated with dignity but discussing the style of male and female performers does not negate that. I made a previous comment about Victor Crone being poorly styled in all-khaki clothes for… Read more »

Denis
Denis
7 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

That’s why older people like her:)
It’s the Sanna Nielsen look of constantly looking 50 years old!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Ha, that makes sense! Know your target audience.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Either way, my comment clearly resonated with and surprised a lot of people.

ESC Nils
ESC Nils
7 months ago

Haha No! Everybody wants Dotter, but the Eurovision Gods had a plan for Anna Bergandahl since the very beginning and I believe in it. Since 2010 she is the only Swedish act that hasn’t reached the Final, in 2020 she’s the 7th Swedish victory at Eurovision! Trust the Gods, they always have secret plans!

Denis
Denis
7 months ago
Reply to  ESC Nils

She won’t even reach top 10
And Dotter still got more votes than Anna in this poll so clearly Anna isn’t popular either..

Colin
Colin
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Umm… what are the chances of Anna not reaching at least top 5 tomorrow? She could as well win. The difference between the points awarded to Dotter, Anna, Hanna and The Mamas is so small, that any of them could win thanks to the jury.

Héctor
Héctor
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

She could even pull out another NQ for Sweden… That would be so sad. So I hope Anna doesn’t win.

diana
diana
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Swedes are gonna be ruthless if she wins and doesn’t qualify again lol

Ron
Ron
7 months ago

It’s Dotter or nothing for me. Nothing else comes close to the perfection that is Bulletproof.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
7 months ago
Reply to  Ron

It’s just more generic Swedish pop. If a man was singing it people wouldn’t like it.

Denis
Denis
7 months ago

He is not winning. The same poll voted Samir & Viktor first in 2018. He is not winning, no. The reason he did well is because he has a YouTube channel and because children and families are the ones voting in this one. More people than just children vote tomorrow. And of course juries..
Don’t get your hopes up!..