Back on November 30, when Swedish bookies UNIBET unveiled their first set of betting odds for Melodifestivalen 2016, they ranked Wiktoria Johansson dead last among the 28 acts. They put her odds of winning down at 100/1 and she shared last place with Saraha, who will perform in Semi Final 3, and Mimi Werner, who crashed out of Semi Final 1.
Well what a difference a killer live performance makes. After Wiktoria qualified for the final on Saturday, bookies slashed her odds to 4/1, making her their third favourite alongside Ace Wilder, and putting her just behind front-runners Molly Sandén (19/10) and Robin Bengtsson (7/2), who qualified last week.
On Tuesday, following the leak of Molly’s track “YOUniverse”, they narrowed Wiktoria’s odds yet again, dropping her down to 3/1. That moved her past Robin and Ace Wilder, who now sit in fourth and fifth position, respectively. Isa is in sixth, with Lisa Ajax, Oscar Zia, Swingfly and Panetoz rounding out the Top 10. This makes Wiktoria the front-runner among the eight acts that have survived the competition thus far. Interestingly, she also came tops with each of our jurors in our reaction video, which you can watch below.
Melodifestivalen 2016: Our Top 8 (as of February 15)
Wiktoria interview after her first rehearsal
Wiktoria chats in her hotel ahead of Semi-Final 2
Wiktoria reacts to qualifying for the final