She was the girl on fire at Melodifestivalen 2016, having come second in the televote. And this year, if the bookies are to be believed, Wiktoria is set to go one better.
With millions of listens on Spotify and YouTube, she could be forgiven for feeling the pressure. But the Melodifestivalen 2017 favourite tells us her main focus is having fun.
The “As I Lay Me Down” singer is cool as a cucumber, and feels like she’s in a much better place this year.
As she says: “I didn’t know anything in 2016, I was always asking what’s happening now, what’s happening now? Whereas this year I’ve matured more.”
And homegirl is putting all that knowledge into her stage performance. Her stagecraft has been honed by touring the length and breadth of Sweden with her Melfest 2016 song “Save Me” and her follow-up singles “Yesterday R.I.P” and “Unthink You”.
“I’ve been on tour for the past year, had a lot of fun, done so many things and now I know more.”
Hype has followed her every step of the way since the “As I Lay Me Down” snippet was revealed, so Wiktoria turns to her fans and family as a source of strength, especially in her hometown.
“I feel a lot of support across all of Sweden, but especially from my hometown and my family who will be at the final on Saturday night. The success of ‘As I Lay Me Down’ is overwhelming, it means a lot that people love the song, that it’s high on Spotify, and that’s where I focus rather than being the favourite.”
Wiktoria takes to the stage in spot #10 on Saturday night. Do you think “As I Lay Me Down” can win the competition? Could Wiktoria go on to win Eurovision for Sweden? Let us know in the comments below.
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