Last year she climbed all the way to second place in the televote of the Melodifestivalen final.
And on Wednesday Swedish betmakers UNIBET seemed to think that Wiktoria can go one better at Melodifestivalen 2017, as they dubbed her joint favourite to win it all.
On February 25, shortly after the fourth heat, the “As I Lay Me Down” singer found herself joint-second favourite with Loreen with odds of 4.00. At that time Nano was in front with odds of 2.10.
But today Wiktoria has seen her odds fall to 2.50 — while Nano’s have risen to 2.50 — putting her level with the “Hold On” singer for the first time.
With “As I Lay Me Down” Wiktoria builds on the pop-country she laid down last year. However, this year’s performance lets her showcase her vocal ability even more with some stunning and stirring harmonies in the chorus, which feels very pure and somehow spiritual. The rest of the song is very girl-next-door pop. Last year she stood in place but this year she gets to move, adding likability and charm to the performance, which also sees her vogue and pout on an LED bed. This feels somehow warmer and more endearing than her performance of “Save Me”, which focused more on power.
There is great fluctuation in the market.
Just one hour prior to publishing this post, Wiktoria sat in the lead with odds of 2.60, while Nano had widened to 3.25.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Aninia — aka, Sami reindeer herder feat. boho singer with nose plate — have seen a huge rise in their fortunes, with bookies slashing their odds from 28 on February 25 to just 5.25 today. That’s moved them from eighth favourite to third.
Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen has fallen from second favourite to fourth favourite today, with her odds at 6.50.
Melodifestivalen 2017: Odds to win at March 1 at 11:30 CET
5.25 Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia
10.00 Robin Bengtsson
16.00 Mariette Hansson
24.00 Benjamin Ingrosso
31.00 Ace Wilder
41.00 Owe Thörnqvist
71.00 Lisa Ajax
91.00 Axel Schylström
101.0 Boris Réne
151.0 De Vet Du
151.0 Anton Hagman