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Report from first audience rehearsal of Melodifestivalen's second chance

Report from first audience rehearsal of Melodifestivalen’s second chance
Zara Zeidlitz

Tonight, the dress rehearsal of Melodifestivalen’s second chance show took place in front of a live audience in Halmstad for the first time.

In this show, the third and fourth placed acts from the four previous semi-finals of the Swedish selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest competes in head-to-head battles. The winners of each battle were selected randomly in tonight’s rehearsal.


Changed acts

Some acts were presented the exact same way as when they appeared in their semi-final heat. However, both small and big changes were made.

Molly Pettersson Hammar entered the stage in a new outfit, the white long dress from the semi-final had been replaced by a more modern knee-length black dress, paired with red heels.

The duo Albin & Mattias also showcased new outfits in new colors. They had replaced their black outfits with white details to white outfits. The cut and style were the exact same. The guys used a new camera angle in the opening.

The act with the biggest changes came from Isa and her ballad. She had thrown out the only other person ever appearing on stage in the routine. Instead, she took a new straight-on camera angle as well as some lightning changes.


The rehearsal winners

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

According to the audience, the four battle winners will be Samir & Viktor, Panetoz, Boris René and SaRaha. These four acts together collected 79,3% of all votes.


The results:

Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna, 119 votes 39,3%
Panetoz – Håll Om Mig Hårt, 60 votes 19,8%
Boris René – Put Your Love on Me, 32 votes 10,6%
SaRaha – Kizunguzungu, 29 votes 9,6%
Dolly Style – Rollercoaster, 26 votes 8,6%
Molly Pettersson Hammar – Hunger, 16 votes 5,3%
Isa, I Will Wait – 14 votes 4,6%
Albin & Mattias – Rik, 7 votes 2,3 %

A total of 303 persons participated in the poll.


The second chance show of Melodifestivalen 2016, the last show before the final, will air live Saturday night at 20:00 CET.


Photos from the rehearsals


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