In Friday’s qualifying final, a total of thirteen talents competed, selected from thousands of applicants. But only eleven got the chance to compete further in the autumn Friday finals.
The qualifying final offered everything from disappointment and tears to cheers and standing ovations.
— It should rain stars over you. I can’t “cry pretty anymore”, says a crying juror Kishti Tomita after contestant Sebastian Rydgren performed Tom Walker’s song “Leave a light on”.
During the course of the week, qualifying rounds were broadcast directly from Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. The audience also voted for a total of eight participants who entered the evening’s qualifying final.
During the evening, the jury, which in addition to Tomita consists of Alexander Kronlund, Katia Mosally and Anders Bagge, distributed five so-called wildcards. This means that participants who have already fallen out of the competition were given a second chance to secure a place in the fall’s “Idol” – in many cases a real success.
For others, the Idol journey ended. Neville Ristenfeldt and Arvid Einarsson did their best, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough all the way.