SWEDEN – Swedish national broadcaster revealed the complete and full tele voting results for the semi finals and the final. It is clear that Benjamin Ingrosso was a fair winner by the public although Felix Sandman and John Lundvik were good favourites.
In the first semi final Benjamin 1,3 million votes followed by John Ludvik with 1,15 million votes. Renaida received the highest amount of votes from the acts that finished third in their semifinals
In the second semi final Samir and Vikttor got 1,23 million votes followed by Liamoo with 1.15 millions votes. Samir & Viktor got the highest percentage from the votes all the semifinals, they received over 21 percent of the votes casted in the second semifinal
In the third semi final Martin Almgren got 944,532 votes and Jessica Andersson 890,828 votes. Barbi Escobar received the lowest amount of votes from all the semifinals
In the fourth semi final Mariette for 901.585 votes followed by Rolandz with 818.001 votes. Felicia Olsson received the highest percentage of votes from the acts that finished last in their semifinals. Rolandz received the lowest amount of votes from the acts that qualified to the final from the four semifinals.
In the second chance Margaret got 877.351 votes, Reinada, 884,188 votes, Felix 868,152 votes and Mendez the most with 767,552 votes. The duel between Sigrid Bernson and Méndez was the closest, with Sigrid receiving 49,13% of the votes and Méndez 50,875 of the votes.
In the final Benjamin got 1,47 million votes (10.5%) and Felix 1,40 million votes (10.0%) The international jury agreed also with the public. 13,993,975 votes were cast throughout the show, which smashed the previous record of 13,566,778 votes in 2017.
The result of Melodifestivalen is not only in the hands of the Swedish people as half of the results are decided by an international jury. The 11 juries from all around Europe got clear instructions on how to decide their favourite, Swedish newspaper Expressen writes.
Christer Björkman, the producer of Melodifestivalen, has told the juries that their mission is to find the song that can win the Eurovision Song Contest.
It has been criticized in Swedish media that the Swedish people can’t decide which song they want to represent them on their own. Last year, Robin Bengtsson won the jury vote, but he only came third in the viewers voting – but still he won the competition. The newspaper in Sweden mentions Rolandz from this year and Owe Thörnqvist from last year as songs that usually will get more votes from the Swedes than an international jury panel.
Christer Björkman doesn’t see a problem in using international juries and he could easily see a song like the one from Rolandz to do well in the juries as well.
This year SVT made a small change in the jury voting so they had to vote for more songs and therefore give some more power to the people after last years voting.
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