She just sang “Not With Me” during the first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2019. But the truth of the matter is that Sweden was very much with Wiktoria on Saturday evening as the fan favorite qualified directly to the final. She now has at least a one in a twelve chance of representing Sweden at Eurovision in May.
After toweling off from her encore, Wiktoria caught up with our very own Kevin. She’s now three-for-three when it comes to qualifying directly to the final. And it was clear the blonde bombshell was at once relieved and excited.
Wiktoria’s plan for the big final in March 9 is fairly simple. “I’m gonna work out, stay at the gym and just rehearse a lot. Stay calm and be with my friends and family.”
Even though it’s her third time in the final in four years, she says this time is something new. “It’s totally different, which is weird. I’m just so much more calm this year. I’m so in love with this song and this number, and so happy with every team member that worked together with me on this.”
Wiktoria also says that she enjoys the coincidental similarities others have spotted with Eric Saade’s first Melfest attempt back in 2010 with “Manboy”.
Like many artists before her, such as Ruth Lorenzo and Jedward, belting out those incredible notes while wet or being poured with water is no easy feat. But the “Not With Me” singer brushes it off as part of the job. “I’m just pouring my heart out. That’s what the song’s about. When I sing, I’m ignoring everything that’s happening around me.”
Wiktoria qualified for the grand final of Melodifestivalen alongside Mohombi and his song “Hello”. The semi-was so competitive that last year’s televote winner Nano and past winner Anna Bergendahl will have to try their best at “Andra Chansen”.
What do you think? Will this prove to be ‘third time’s a charm’ for Wiktoria? Let us know in the comments below!