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Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals

Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals

Published: 13 May 2009 13:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 May 2009 13:51 GMT+02:00

Swedish opera star Malena Ernman took another step toward solidifying her pop-music credentials on Tuesday night by sailing through the first semifinal of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Ernman’s soaring ballad “La Voix”, along with nine other acts, were chosen to advance to the Eurovision Song Contest finals to be held in Moscow on Saturday, May 16th.

The 38-year-old mezzo-soprano did little to hide her excitement when she learned she’d advanced to the finals, hopping up on the green room sofa and hugging those around her after hearing the news.

“I’m very, very relieved, everything else that happens now is just icing on the cake. I was really surprised that we were called so early,” Ernman told the Expressen newspaper.

While it’s still too early to say just how far Ernman’s operatic voice will carry beyond Sweden’s borders and the world’s opera houses, the semifinal results indicate that European music fans may be ready for Ernman’s unique mix of high- and low-brow styles.

Despite her success in the semifinals, Ernman explained that she harboured doubts ahead of Tuesday night’s contest and the importance of others in Sweden’s Eurovision delegation.

“God, I didn’t think this would work,” she told Expressen.

“You fight the fear by telling yourself everything will be fine. The others in the team supported me as well.”

So far, 15 the 25 Eurovision final slots have been filled, with the remaining ten acts set to be chosen in the second semifinal on Thursday night.

Ernman expressed her happiness again during the post-event press conference, performing a pirouette in front of the throngs of journalists, and hinting she has confidence heading into the next stage of the contest.

“It was an emotional whirlwind. Even if I’m not dependent on this, I’m a competitive person and very much want to win and perform well,” she said, according to Expressen.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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17:04 May 13, 2009 by dtes
i dont know who the hell this is cuz im not up on the tv like you folks but for what its worth, my grandma is hotter than this bag. i so hate pop culture, and wish you people would stop calling it news!
17:14 May 13, 2009 by peropaco
Dtes, I got another piece of news for you; the final is Saturday and 98% of Swedes will be glued to the tele like white on rice. That chick looks like an old leather jacket on steroids and a bad blond hair dye to accompany it.
18:52 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Hurrah! And this is why the ESC is indeed a necessary frivolity. What other pan-continental contest allows amateur wits to sharpen their paws, and trot out cliched insults?

Anyhoo: Tonight is the 2nd Eurovision Semi-Final and the running order and participants are as follows:

1. Croatia

2. Ireland

3. Latvia

4. Serbia

5. Poland

6. Norway

7. Cyprus

8. Slovakia

9. Denmark

10. Slovenia

11. Hungary

12. Azerbaijan

13. Greece

14. Lithuania

15. Moldova

16. Albania

17. Ukraine

18. Estonia

19. The Netherlands

The odds as of now are:

2ND SEMI FINAL BETTING: 5/6 Norway, 3/1 Greece, 6/1 Ukraine 8/1 Azerbaijan, 14/1 Estonia, 25/1 Lithuania, 25/1 Serbia, 33/1 Denmark 40/1 Moldova, 40/1 Hungary, 50/1 Ireland, 66/1 Cyprus, 66/1 Albania, 100/1 Slovenia, 100/1 Netherlands, 125/1 Slovakia, 125/1 Croatia, 125/1 Latvia, 125/1 Poland.

Odds Courtesy Of William Hill and you can click William Hill and text ripped from http://www.eurovisionodds.co.uk/semi-finals.
21:28 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Methinks the late nights have had a detrimental effect on Mr Rybak's voice...

I don't mind Denmark's entry...

The presenters are hillarious. One half of Siegfried and Roy and a tarted up crack whore is my visual assessment.

In fact IMO they're a slight more 'done' version of this pair of ne'er do wells from the parody Eurobeat: The Musical which I highly recommend should it roll up near you.

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22:17 May 14, 2009 by Streja
DidiE, noone is allowed to use lyrics that have a political message. It wasn't Russia that told Georgia to stay at home or whatever. It's against the rules...EBU and all that.
22:30 May 14, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Ok, I actually hope The Netherlands get through, because otherwise there'll not be a single 'traditional' Eurovision song in the final...

A big boned Asian girl with a CD mixing deck teetering on her tits is what we all need of an evening.

Anyhoo I want the following to get through:

Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Albania, Ukraine, Estonia, plus both Hungary & the Netherlands for teh lulz.
08:21 May 15, 2009 by Princess P
I don't understand the voting. Why couldn't Sweden vote last night?

I have a question about funding too. Who pays for it? I want to know as I quite like Iceland's entry but don't want next years to be held in the local village hall, filmed on camcorder and broadcast on youtube.
09:01 May 15, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
WWII*

Sir Elton John as part of Gay HQ's drive to make moar gheys.

Don't worry about Iceland, they still have top seekrit reserves of shipwrecked Nazi gold to go through.

Sweden could not vote last night as televoting was split between two groups of countries, one group could vote one night, the other the next. This was introduced as a further attempt to stop partisanship. U.K also could not vote last night.The host country pays the lion's share, with 'The Big Four': U.K, France, Germany & Spain paying about €100,000 into the pot each year.Apparently Russia's fighting corps sold enough arse this year to raise the £30,000,000, to stage the event, it's hardly likely that Iceland could do the same.

09:02 May 15, 2009 by Plowbridge H. Broad
If Iceland win it then I presume it will be held underwater next year as the corrupt arrogant little island sunk a few months ago.
09:03 May 15, 2009 by Puffin
According to the BBC last night - different countries were allowed to vote of different nights in an attempt to break up block voting so countries that have a big tradition of voting for each other were split up:

- the former soviet states were split up

- eastern europe was split up

- the Nordic countries

- Britain and Ireland etc etc

Done know if it worked perfectly but at least a lot of north and west european countries went through this year - all 5 Nordic countries

I think that the host country has to pay quite a bit - but there is also money from the 4 big financing countries which is why these 5 don't have to qualify (UK, France, Germany, Spain + host country)

I think that the host country decides the ambition of the contest - I remember Finland being very small scale with a minut stage whereas Russia is the opposite...The BBC said last night that Russia is "the Beijing of Eurovision" with its lavish set and arena - they have spent £30million !!!

I get the feeling that there are some countries that don't actually want to win in these credit crunch times - I can't think of any other way to describe Serbia's man with poodle hair or Slovenia's entry where the girl stood behind a screen in a box for 3/4 of the song and had no words at all for the first minute - it looked more like one of Adam Klaus's illusions on Jonathan Creek performed to the Bond Girls in the background ...
09:07 May 15, 2009 by Jasoncarter
It's not like the UK can use the excuse of 'we don't want to have to pay for staging the contest' as an excuse for the drivel that we have sent over since we last won it in 1997, because we pay for it anyway.

Eurovision - the organisation, not the contest - is a bit of a sham and a money spinner now. It was set up to standardise broadcast technology and transmission across europe (mainly the French attempting to force their SECAM standard across the continent), which is now an obsolete quest. It exists purely to spin money - see all the Eurovision conferences and lectures and so on - and does so very effectively.
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