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Uproar in Sweden after International Juries Overrule Public Vote in Melodifestivalen!

Last night’s Melodifestivalen final ended as Robin Bengtsson was announced as the winner with his song ‘I Can’t Go On’. He won with 146 points, just beating Nano in second place with 133 points. This morning, a scandal has begun to emerge regarding the result.
Many of the viewers believe that the wrong song won. This is echoed in the results of the televote, in which Robin only came in third place; he was beaten by both Wiktoria in second place and Nano in first place. Several viewers are encouraging SVT to scrap the result, and get rid of the international juries completely. Viewer comments include:

“I am now officially against juries in Mello! You should reduce their power to around only 30% of the result!”
“Why involve foreign juries? We are in Sweden, and we want to chose our own entry!”
“What is the point in even voting if other countries make it impossible for our favourite to win?”

Melodifestivalen’s international juries put Robin way ahead

Once the international juries gave their points, Robin had a substantial lead of 20 points over Nano in second place. This is after Israel, Norway, and Poland, gave their 12 points to I Can’t Go On, and numerous other countries also gave very high points to the song. This made it difficult for any of the other entries to be able to beat Robin, including the favourite of many fans before the show and of the betting odds, Wiktoria, who only came 8th.

Nano reacts

Nano expressed disappointment at only coming second in the final, despite being the favourite of the Swedish public:

“I won the Swedish votes. What more could you ask for?”

You can hear Robin Bengtsson’s song ‘I Can’t Go On’ below.

Robin will compete in the first half of the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine, on the 9th May. We wish him the best of luck!
Do you agree with the Swedish viewers? Should the international juries be scrapped from Melodifestivalen? Let us know in the comments below!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

Comments on Uproar in Sweden after International Juries Overrule Public Vote in Melodifestivalen!

  • MGR

    Nano is a cute guy. He should be the winner.

  • Me

    Robin should be disqualified because he has 4 dancers on stage as well as the army of backing singers hidden off camera to make up for his inability to recognise a correct note without a map. How is Christer going to break the rules to keep this staging in Kiev?

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