Ace Wilder and Oscar Zia are through to the Melodifestival final in Stockholm. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
Melodifestivalen

Zia and Wilder stole the show at Melodifestivalen

Teen crooner Oscar Zia is through to the Melodifestival final after Saturday's success performance in the song competition's third semi-final in Gothenburg. Hit performer Ace Wilder will join Zia at the final, taking place at Stockholm's Friends Arena on March 8th.

Outtrigger and State of Drama went through to the second chance competition, where the songs that come third and fourth in the four semi-finals fight it out for the two last tickets to the final.

The Gothenburg semi-final turned out to be a real nail-biter. Would favourite Zia, 17, really make it through with the tune Yes We Can? Well, when the results of the final vote came through, Zia's fans cheered and the singer himself was relieved. His ticket to Friends Arena was secured.

"It's great. I was really nervous before! It was a relief - I'm in the final!" Zia told reporters after hearing the good news. He continued: "I will celebrate and party hard tonight."

While Zia was favourite to win, the second victor of the night was a bigger surprise. Debutante Alice Gernandt, better known as Ace Wilder, said she almost fainted during the final rehearsal before the live show, but she held her nerve Saturday night and went through to the final after performing the song Busy Doin' Nothin'.

"I got here and expected to come last and now I'm in the final," said Wilder.

The show took a more emotional and somber turn during a tribute to Swedish jazz singer Alice Babs, who passed away at the age of 90 earlier in the week. Babs was the first singer to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing her song Lilla Stjärna, or Little Star, in 1958.

The winner of the Stockholm final will get the chance to compete in the international Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark in May.

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