Just a day away from the conclusion to Sweden’s massively popular national selection event, Melodifestivalen, we check in with the betting odds to see who bookies peg as the winner of the grand event.
The Welcome Party is over, and the rehearsals are underway in Stockholm, where the final of Melodifestivalen will take place tomorrow evening. Twelve acts will take to the stage at the Friends Arena in Stockholm where the public and an international jury will decide the fate of the hopefuls, ultimately awarding one act the prestigious opportunity to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest this May.
According to the bookmakers at oddschecker.com, Heroes performer Mans Zelmerlow is set to take the crown on Saturday, beating out pop idol and previous Melodifestivalen winner and Eurovision representative Eric Saade and his entry Sting, currently placed fourth in the odds. Mans has been extremely popular with the public and juries thus far, garnering fan support from all around Europe.
Despite Mans’ popularity, however, Colombian native Jon Henrik Fjallgren currently occupies a close second position in the odds with his entry Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje) (I am free). Jon is already a household name in Sweden, previously winning the popular talent show Talang Sverige 2014 (Sweden’s Got Talent).
Here is the current odds order, based on the standings on oddschecker.com:
- Mans Zelmerlow – Heroes
- Jon Henrik Fjallgren – Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)
- Mariette Hansson – Don’t stop believing
- Erik Saade – Sting
- Isa – Don’t stop
- Jessica Andersson – Can’t hurt me now
- Hasse Andersson – Guld och gröna skogar
- JTR – Building it up
- Dinah Nah – Make me (la la la)
- Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i Gamla stan
- Linus Svenning – Forever starts today
- Samir and Viktor – Groupie
Whoever wins on Saturday night will take the honour of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest this May. Sweden will first take the stage for the second half of the second semi-final on the 21 May. For more on Sweden and the Eurovision Song Contest, stay tuned to esctoday.com!