During the final of Melodifestivalen 2017 she’ll sing the pop-country number “As I Lay Me Down”.
And, despite the cozy bed on stage, the bookies are not getting any rest as they continue to slash Wiktoria‘s odds to win the Melodifestivalen final on Saturday.
On March 9, as rehearsals unfolded inside Friends Arena, Wiktoria extended her lead with Sweden’s UNIBET. Her odds now sit at 2.35 — ahead of second favourite Nano who has odds of 3.25
When we last checked in on the odds on March 1, Wiktoria found herself neck-and-neck with “Hold On” singer Nano. At one point on that day they both had odds of 2.50, suggesting a proper death match in Friends Arena.
But since then — as Wiktoria has racked up ever-more Spotify plays, even making the UK Spotify viral playlist — she’s burst into the lead, where she now sits comfortably.
Several international jurors have whispered to us that they are in love with her song. Whether that will translate into votes on Saturday remains to be seen. But assuming she slays live — as she usually does — things are shaping up very nicely for the curly-haired diva.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — ranked Wiktoria third overall, though she won top marks from several of our jurors.
wiwiblogger William awarded the song a 9/10. He wrote:
Wiktoria ticks so many boxes: girl-next-door charm, innovative staging, pitch-perfect vocals that balance power and control. Taken together she has the broadest demographic appeal — she’s the woman girls want to be and who guys want to be with. The production is slick and, unlike so many other entries, somehow pared back. This gives the song a purity that allows Wiktoria’s vocals to soar: her harmonies in the chorus are stunning and smack of classic country from Dolly Parton. This song isn’t loud and flashy — and that’s one of its biggest strengths. A potential — and very deserving — winner.
Jon Henrik and Aninia continue to make waves as well.
On March 1 they had odds of 5.25 — having skyrocketed up the odds table following their semi-final, suggesting that they did very well with voters.
And they continue to ride a wave of momentum, having watched their odds fall to 3.75 today, putting them within striking distance of overtaking Nano.
wiwiblogger Josh is in love with the song. In our review he wrote:
Combining his traditional Sami style with Aninia’s powerful vocal in ‘En värld full av strider’ is such a phenomenal move. The song builds to a strong finale and it moves me emotionally. This song is inspired. Sweden should be proud of the ethnic roots of this entry and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate diversity in Kyiv than with Jon Henrik and Aninia. Absolutely amazing.
After the top three acts, the odds widen significantly. Robin Bengtsson is fourth favourite with odds of 10, and Mariette follows with odds of 14.
Melodifestivalen 2017: Odds to win the final (March 9 @ 13:15GMT)