• Sweden edition
 
Eurovision scores make star of 'hot' runner up

Eurovision scores make star of 'hot' runner up

Published: 31 May 2010 19:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 May 2010 19:33 GMT+02:00

Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest might have disappeared without trace in last week’s competition, but now a runner-up is belatedly rescuing Swedish pride by becoming a European sensation - thanks to a one-minute appearance during the music jamboree.

Eric Saade, 19, saw his song ‘Manboy’ beaten by Anna Bergendahl in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. But his brief, confident appearance to give the results of the country’s telephone voting has won him fans across the continent - and reassured Sweden’s tabloids that the country can still produce Eurovision magic after Bergendahl’s ejection in the semi-final.

While Saade was confident, fluent and jocular during his appearance, other factors seem to have caused his popularity:

A Facebook group entitled ‘The Swedish guy from Eurovision 2010 was so hot’ had by Monday evening attracted over 6,000 members, with the number rising rapidly. Anna Bergendahl’s official page on the site had just 3,500 fans. Newspaper Aftonbladet said his smile “had charmed the whole of Europe.”

Scores of foreign - mainly female - visitors found their way to his website, where they were leaving adoring messages for the young star. His performance of Manboy has now been seen over over a million times on Youtube.

The comments on Saade’s website showed viewers had fallen both for his looks and his music. ‘Isabel’ from Germany wrote:

“I saw you in the TV at the Eurovision Song Contest and I have to say: You look amazing!

Today, I listened to your music and I really, really like it.”

Speaking to Aftonbladet on Monday, Saade said he was taken aback by the reaction:

“I knew I had just a minute to read the votes, and all the others were so boring. I’m a bit of a joker by nature, so I just went for it.”

The rising star is now hoping the attention will enable him to release ‘Manboy’ abroad:


“It’s always been a dream to release something in England, but the rest of Europe would be fun too,” he said.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

19:59 May 31, 2010 by Kaethar
Go Eric! We love you!
09:56 June 1, 2010 by bruin-ou
Proof that only 13 year olds listens to Eurovision! Eric is so 90's.
13:14 June 1, 2010 by bubbagump
NAMBLA, NAMBLA you can call me NAMBLA, I don't care just show me how to love...
13:15 June 1, 2010 by Leo Danial
What is this .. guys here in Local ... R U out of your mind!

Yes he was, maybe, better than Anna .... but there were others too!

It was Salem & only Salem that deserved to represent Sweden in Oslo!

Can't U admit that .............. Pleassssssssssssssssssssss!
13:20 June 1, 2010 by Great Scott
Going by the song title and listening to the song, I think the twitter title should be "The Swedish gay from Eurovision 2010".

Sweden's entry was bad enough, but this is real crap.
00:46 June 2, 2010 by naimad
Awesome song!! and he did awesome on his cameo!!!
17:11 June 4, 2010 by davidj
He's already got a considerable gay following in the UK.
20:00 June 4, 2010 by munched
Both songs were pure tripe but it was obvious that Saade had more appeal from the beginning. I'm pretty sure the voting is crooked in Sweden, just like everything else. (Don't make me list it all..)
08:05 March 10, 2011 by br22
Yeah Eric! I want him to gain popularity in the US
Today's headlines
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
House keys: Shutterstock.

On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends

Finding somewhere to live when you move to Sweden is a challenge. With changes afoot The Local caught up with an expert from letting agency Residensportalen to find out in what direction the market is going, and how Google Glasses may just help you find your dream home. READ () »

The Local List
Ten most disgusting Swedish foods
Salty liquorice, anyone? Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Ten most disgusting Swedish foods

Swedish food is, of course, a matter of taste. But it's mostly disgusting. Our loyal followers on Twitter and Facebook shared what they thought were the worst of them all. READ () »

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'
Defence Minister Karin Enström. File photo: TT

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. READ () »

Swede of the Week
Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'
Swedes vote in the 2010 elections. File photo: Dan Hansson/TT

Sweden's oldest would-be MP: 'They promised I wouldn't get in'

Gösta Arvedson, 89, is the oldest Riksdag candidate in Sweden, but our Swede of the Week explains that the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) had to make some unusual promises for him to put his name forward. READ () »

Elections 2014
Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote
The Green Party is one of only two parties devoting their websites to the EU elections. Here campaign manager Emma Rung presents the party's posters. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote

The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

Eurovision 2014
Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
On the move: Sweden's shifting mobility trends
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 23
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Advertisement:
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

718
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com