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Report from first dress rehearsal of Melodifestivalen 2016

Report from first dress rehearsal of Melodifestivalen 2016
Zara Zeidlitz

Tonight, the six competing acts in the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2016 entered the stage for the dress rehearsal, in front of a live audience for the first time.

Our reporter Zara Zeidlitz followed the rehearsal from the media room!


Few technical issues

For the first time, we got to see the upcoming broadcast as it will look on Saturday.

There were some technical issues during the rehearsal. Most of them were soon fixed and the show could carry on, but Robin Bengtsson’s rectangular platform turned out to be a hard case to solve and the show came to a stand still for several minutes before the technical issues got fixed.


Full audience support for disqualified Anna Book

The previously disqualified act of Anna Book and her song “Himmel gjord för två” did enter the stage, but is out of contest. Instead, she performs while we wait for the final result. After Anna sang, the audience stood up and showed their support. As we reported yesterday, her act has been disqualified after it turned out that the song had already competed in another country’s selection.


The rehearsal winners

After the show, an audience poll took place asking the audience who their favorite of the evening was. The poll was organized by Melodifestivalklubben, the official Swedish fan club for Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest.

The results:

  1. Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry – 364 votes – 39 %
  2. Samir & Viktor – Bada nakna – 270 votes – 29 %
  3. Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Prize – 199 votes – 21%
  4. Albin & Mattias – Rik – 44 röster – 5%
  5. Mimi Werner – Ain’t No Good – 33 votes – 3%
  6. Pernilla Andersson – Mitt guld – 30 votes – 3%

Note: Ace Wilder and Pernilla Andersson were randomly selected as this heats winners and got to perform their acts on stage one more time, to rehearse the winning segment of the show.


The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen airs live Saturday night at 20:00 CET, live from Gothenburg, Sweden.


Photos: Zara Zeidlitz for ESC Reporter

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