Last week it was reported that something had gone awry in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen heats when it came to voting for Jon Henrik Fjallgren’s ‘Jag Ar Fri’. gizmodo.co.uk noted that ‘voting in one regional heat of the Eurovision qualifiers may have been hacked, with the polling process throwing up suspicious data that led to a large chunk of the votes in part of the show being binned.’
The website claimed that the ‘…organisers of the Swedish national qualification event, which uses the Melodifestivalen app to chart user enjoyment of the tunes and help pick a winner, say that interaction went off the charts during a performance by Jon Henrik Fjällgren, leading them not to suggest that Fjällgren is the next global superstar — but that voting was perhaps being automated in some sort of attempted exploit.’
The votes from the app had been cancelled to rule out any foul play and instead the winner was chosen from telephone and text votes only. Clearly Fjallgren proved not to be as popular as the app suggested as Mans Zelmerlow was chosen as Sweden’s entry instead of him.