Maria Ilsted, Melodifestivalen project manager and the computer allegedly used to call in automated votes. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT/Private

Melodifestivalen to review voting rules following computer cheat upset

"We were very surprised"
5:10 min

Shocking news for fans of the Melodifestivalen song contest today.

A local Swedish Radio station has revealed that the call-in voting was rigged in at least one case. A man showed reporters how he programmed a computer so that it could call in hundreds of votes per minute. The computer was allegedly used in one of the semi-finals in Sweden in recent years where artists compete to represent the country in the international Eurovision Song Contest.

So, does this mean the whole competition is a sham? Radio Sweden has spoken to Maria Ilstedt, project manager of the Melodifestivalen show at Swedish Television. She says producers of the show may consider introducing voting limits similar to those already in place at the international Eurovision Song Contest.

However, Ilstedt urged viewers to "keep voting", saying they are the ones who ensure the right song wins.

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