On Saturday, The Mamas won Meldodifestivalen 2020, after a thrilling results sequence where the vocal trio ended up with just one more point than runner-up Dotter. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has released a full voting results breakdown of the all shows in Mello 2020, including the grand final.
The Mamas’ convincing Melodifestivalen victory
One point made all the difference.
But as the final Melodifestivalen 2020 results show, The Mamas were actually over 100,000 votes ahead of runner-up Dotter. In total the “Move” hitmakers received 1,610,446 votes versus Dotter’s haul of 1,489,636. The result came down to audience votes.
It also appears momentum was behind The Mamas from the beginning of the competition. They received the most votes of any semi-final winner. In Linköping, the ladies received 1,3370,798 votes. It is an impressive feat, when you consider they’re the first act to go to the final from that spot since YOHIO in 2014 and since 2016 the competition opener has always gone to Andra Chansen.
At the final The Mamas picked up top marks from two age groups: 10-15 and 16-29 year-olds. Hanna Ferm picked up 12 from 3-9 year olds, Dotter won the 30-44 year-olds and Anna Bergendahl won the three age groups for the over-45s.
The voting system is designed to produce a winner that reflects the choice of all of Sweden. It also helps mitigate the influence of generations that use the internet more than others. To win acts need to pick up points across all age groups. For this reason there are several instances where acts that failed to qualify had more votes than acts who advanced. If there is a tie on points, the act with the most votes from the audience advances.
Melodifestivalen 2020 results from the Semi-Finals
In Semi-Final 1 the main surprise concerns the Andra Chansen qualifiers. “Ballerina” singer Malou Prytz placed third and Felix Sandman – who had far more streaming success with “Boys with Emotions – placed fourth. Malou was around 66,000 votes ahead of Felix.
Anna Bergendahl won Semi-Final 2 with less votes than Dotter. The “Kingdom Come” star received around 20k less votes than the overall runner-up, but won top marks across more age groups than Dotter did. Fifth place Klara Hammarström received the most votes of any non-qualifying acts in this heat. The fan favourite receive over 950k votes in total.
The biggest margin of victory came in Semi-Final 3. Four-time finalist Mariette won the Semi with a 26-point lead over Mohombi. The quirks of the voting system were also at play here. Anis don Demina picked up more votes than Mohombi, but they didn’t translate into a broad enough appeal across age groups.
She was left out in the cold by the international juries but Hanna Ferm shone during Semi-Final 4. She received 94 out of a maximum 96 points for her performance of “Brave”. She topped every age group at the semi apart from 16-29 year-olds who went for Victor Crone.
For the most part, duel winners at Andra Chansen picked up the most votes from the public too. The only exception came in Duel 2. There Paul Rey won, despite receiving over 20,000 fewer votes than his competition Malou Prytz. Malou actually picked up the second most votes of any act at that stage of the competition. Unfortunately for her, Paul won in five out of eight categories.
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