Oscar Zia

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Oscar Zia
Oscar Zia Cropped By Daniel Åhs Karlsson.jpg
Background information
Born (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 25)
Svedala, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
LabelsParlophone Sweden

Oscar Zia (born 10 October 1996) is a Swedish singer, songwriter, actor, and model. In 2012, he first came to national attention for coming eighth in the Swedish version of X Factor. In 2014, Zia finished as runner-up on the eighth season of Let's Dance, the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars.

Following X Factor, Zia signed a record deal with Warner Music, and in 2014 he released his debut album I Don't Know How to Dance, which peaked at number three in Sweden. He has competed in Melodifestivalen twice, in 2014 with "Yes We Can" and in 2016 with "Human". In 2021, he returned to the competition as a guest co-host with Anis Don Demina. In 2020, Zia made his acting debut on Cryptid on Viaplay.


2012: X Factor[]

Zia first appeared in the 2012 Swedish X Factor in the show's inaugural season auditioning with "Without You" by David Guetta. He ended in the Final 12 in the "Boys under 25" category coached by the judge assigned for the category Ison Glasgow. He finished 8th overall between 12 final contestants. His performances included:

2013: Melodifestivalen 2013 and Let's Dance 2013[]

In 2013, Zia was in the backing vocals alongside Loulou Lamotte in the Behrang Miri song "Jalla Dansa Sawa" performed in Melodifestivalen 2013, the Swedish selection process for Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[1][2] Although the song failed to make it to the finals after a duel elimination round won by Anton Ewald and his song "Begging", the song gained great popularity with the Swedish public and the single was released immediately after the competition reaching number 4 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart.

Zia was one of the contestants in Let's Dance 2013, the eighth season of the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars, broadcast on the Swedish television channel TV4. He finished as the runner-up behind the winner Markoolio.

2014–2015: Melodifestivalen 2014 and I Don't Know How to Dance[]

In 2014, he took part in Melodifestivalen 2014 in a bid to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, this time as a solo singer with the song "Yes We Can". It reached the Final 10 held on 8 March 2014, and he finished 8th overall in the Final 10. He was chosen as a member of the Swedish jury for that year's Eurovision Song Contest 2014. After this, he released his debut studio album I Don't Know How to Dance on the 26 March on the Warner Music Group label. The album peaked at number 3 on the Swedish album charts, Sverigetopplistan.

2016: Melodifestivalen 2016 and "Human"[]

In 2016, Zia again participated in Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song "Human", which was co-written with Victor Thell and Maria Smith. He took part in the third semi-final on 20 February 2016, and again progressed to the final held on 12 March 2016 in a bid to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. In the final, he won the jury vote by 1 point over Frans, placed third with the Swedish public, and was the overall runner-up.[3]

2017–present: Din and Melodifestivalen host[]

In November 2018, Zia released his first extended play, Din. The extended play has yielded two charting singles, "Kyss mig i slo-mo" and "Betong", peaking at number seven and thirteen on the Swedish Heatseekers Chart, respectively.

In February 2021, Zia co-hosted the semi-final 2 of the Melodifestivalen 2021 alongside with Swedish singer and producer Christer Björkman and Swedish DJ Anis Don Demina as a guest host. Zia and Demina performed "Stad i ljus" on the stage.

On 7 September 2021, it was announced that Zia would be presenting Melodifestivalen 2022.[4]

Personal life[]

In February 2016, Zia came out as gay.[5] Zia is of Italian descent. He has 5 siblings named Anna, Dante, Isac, Leonardo and Isabella.


Studio albums[]

Title Details Peak chart positions
I Don't Know How to Dance 3

Single albums[]

Title Details
dö(d) för mig

Extended plays[]

Title Details


As lead artist[]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"#Fail" 2013 I Don't Know How to Dance
"Yes We Can" 2014 19
"Ballare Con Me"
"Human" 2016 7[7]
  • GLF: Platinum
Melodifestivalen 2016
"I Want You" Non-album singles
"Det går aldrig" 2018 [A]
"Kyss mig i slo-mo"
(featuring Leslie Tay)
  • GLF: Gold
"Vem tar hand om dig"
(featuring Lamix)
"Betong" [C]
"Finns det nån" 2019 Non-album singles
"Ingen kan göra dig hel"
"Dansar" 2020
"Älska mig"
(with Janice)
"Vill ha dig nu"[11] [D] TBA
"Skuggor" 2021
"Då tror du fel" [E]
"Ta på mig"
"Säga inget säger allt" dö(d) för mig
"Nyårsvals"[14] TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Jalla Dansa Sawa"
(Behrang Miri featuring Oscar Zia and Loulou Lamotte)[15]
2013 4 Non-album single
"Stad i ljus"
(Anis Don Demina featuring Oscar Zia
2021 [F] Underbarn


  1. ^ "Det går aldrig" did not enter the Swedish Singles Chart, but peaked at number nine on the Swedish Heatseekers chart.[8]
  2. ^ "Kyss mig i slo-mo" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[9]
  3. ^ "Betong" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 13 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[10]
  4. ^ "Vill ha dig nu" did not enter the Swedish Singles Chart, but peaked at number six on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[12]
  5. ^ "Då tror du fel" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 16 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[13]
  6. ^ "Stad i ljus" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 16 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[16]


  1. ^ Aftonbladet: Behrang Miri får hjälp i Melodifestivalen – av Oscar Zia och Loulou Lamotte (in Swedish)
  2. ^ Svt.se: Därför väljer Behrang Miri att blixtinkalla Loulou lamotte och Oscar Zia (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (12 March 2016). "Frans wins Melodifestivalen in Sweden". EBU.
  4. ^ "Beskedet: Oscar Zia är programledare för Melodifestivalen". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  5. ^ Gallagher, Robyn (5 Feb 2016). "Sweden: Oscar Zia comes out, MelFest song to tell his story". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs.
  6. ^ a b c SwedishCharts.com Oscar Zia discography
  7. ^ "Veckolista Svenskt Topp-20 - Vecka 11, 18 mars 2016". sverigetopplistan.se. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 6, 2018" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 15, 13 april 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 39, 28 september 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Vill ha dig nu - Single" (in Swedish). Apple Music. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 43, 2020" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 15". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Nyårsvals – Single by Oscar Zia on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  15. ^ SwedishCharts.com Behrang Miri discography
  16. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 8, 2021". Sverigetopplistan.
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