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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)

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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
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