The Mamas’ victory at Melodifestivalen 2020 should have been cause for celebration.
But instead the ladies’ win has been spoiled by conspiracy theories on social media.
That’s because some fans believe votes from Austria’s international jury were given in the wrong order.
SVT has now set the record straight and confirmed Austria’s votes were presented correctly.
To answer questions posted online, the #Melfest Contest Producer Karin Gunnarsson has double-checked the result with the Austrian jury and confirms to me that they have confirmed that their jury score presented in the live show was correct.
— Gustav Dahlander (@GustavDahlander) March 8, 2020
Melodifestivalen 2020 International Jury
Eight international juries voted in last night’s Melodifestivalen final.
Votes were closer than we’ve seen for a number of years. Dotter and The Mamas tied on 65 points. A further four acts also picked up the maximum twelve points.
A nailbiting televoting sequence saw The Mamas win by a single point. Once the dust settled, some fans questioned Austria’s voting, as they believed the scores were inconsistent with other juries.
Mello 1978 var det lika mellan Chips och Björn, det måste vara närmast.
Dock Gustaf! Är vi säkra på att Österrikes jury poäng var rätt? Deras siffror var väldigt motsatta jämfört med de andra. Går det att kolla om de rapporterade korrekt? I och med att det var så jämnt!
— Julle Bergenholtz-Foglander (@J_Bergenholtz) March 7, 2020
Swedish tweeter @J_Bergenholtz says:
“Are we sure that Austria’s jury score was right? Their numbers were very opposite to the others. Is it possible to check if they reported correctly? Since it was so close!”
Austria’s jury gave twelve points to Anis don Demina for his dance track “Vem e Som Oss”. The song has been streamed over 3 million times on Spotify, but fans had expected it to receive more support from the public than the juries. Fan favourite Dotter only received two points.
But the Dutch jury gave Anis 10 points and the other two acts in Austria’s top three Mariette and Robin Bengtsson both earned high marks elsewhere.
This news from SVT has now confirmed the result was accurate. Hopefully the conspiracy can now be laid to rest.
Mohombi and Méndez on the international jury
One came last and the other second last.
And fresh from defeat Mohombi and Méndez have gone on the attack. Their target? Melodifestivalen’s International Jury.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, Mohombi stressed he’s a good loser, but doesn’t like the influence of international jury’s on the result:
“This is the game…but I think it is completely wrong to let the foreign jury think what we should feel here in Sweden. In the end, it is a Swedish festival.”
Méndez shares similar sentiments:
“I have never ever thought that they should interfere with what Sweden thinks. I’m against that system to 100 percent.”
Fourth place Hanna Ferm struck a more conciliatory tone:
“I’m a little disappointed with the jury votes. But at the same time, they are very few people in the jury and the Swedish people are very many, so for me they have more weight.”
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