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Eric Saade snags 2011 Melodifestivalen title

David Landes · 12 Mar 2011, 22:37

Published: 12 Mar 2011 22:37 GMT+01:00

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Saade's performance of "Popular" at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm lived up to its name with both the international jury as well Swedish viewers, who together gave Saade an insurmountable total of 193 points.

"This is totally indescribable," he said shortly after being named the winner.

"I want to celebrate with the entire population of Sweden."

Saade, who also made it the 2010 Melodifestivalen finals with his performance of "Manboy", triumphed over the pre-show favourite Danny, in what had been billed as a battle of boy-band alums for the contest's top spot.

Third place went to The Moniker's "Oh My God!", with Sanna Nielsen's "I'm in Love", taking the fourth spot.

Fifth place went to Swingfly, who performed "Me And My Drum".

Heading into the final, the hotly tipped Danny, who made the Melodifestivalen finals in 2009 as a member of boy band E.M.D. was thought to have the edge over Saade, an ex-member of the boy band What's Up.

The two were neck and neck after the international jury votes had been tallied, with Saade having a slim two-point edge.

But after the 1.32 million votes cast by Swedish television viewers were counted, Saade's lead grew by more than 40 points, securing his place at the top.

Saade will now represent Sweden at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany in May.

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Saade's song was written by Fredrik Kempe, who also wrote "Manboy" and has written the winning song of the Melodifestivalen three out of the last four years.

See Eric Saade perform "Popular" in the video below

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

01:00 March 13, 2011 by Great Scott
Just pure crap.
01:06 March 13, 2011 by zeero
@Great Scott - :-) more like lagom crap
02:41 March 13, 2011 by caps.lock
just a "swedish style" esc crap
07:57 March 13, 2011 by calebian22
But the upside is that he has the Rybak factor. Every tweener with a mobile phone in Europe will be texting their love. Maybe this year Sweden will climb out of the perennial bottom third.
08:31 March 13, 2011 by Madstadlad

I will be popular, I will be popular

I'm gonna get there, popular

My body wants you girl, my body wants you girl

I'll get you when I'm popular

Such powerful lyrics for the generation of today!
08:49 March 13, 2011 by mikewhite
No doubt he would fall foul of the "speak Swedish at work" rules ... as would all of the contestants, judging by the English song titles.
09:29 March 13, 2011 by Arturio
Why an English song have won a national swedish festival? you dont have singers who sing in swedish?
09:58 March 13, 2011 by occassional
sheer trash with idiotic lyrics.

then there was that other clown singing "in the club".

was he pregnant or what ?
15:05 March 13, 2011 by saraswed
ok people,we have already lost before the euro-vision starts .crap songs always contest.am not surprised even the better songs by the monikers.deserve to win but no show ,swing fly cannot represent Sweden for 20years living here cant speak our language,cant be a good ambassador for us,sanna nilsen a good song maybe people need a new face has been contesting for along time.

ok i blame the young girls and people with bitter taste music.what happened to the radio with good songs.this is a disaster.ok we are sending a song that has popular repeated after and after again.
15:48 March 13, 2011 by mikewhite
Well, those songs with 'number one' in the lyrics used to get to the top ...
16:30 March 13, 2011 by quincyg
I found it strange that half the voting came from foreign juries!

Some of whom would vote for the song they possibly thought their own country's song could beat :/ ...and of course there was San Marino...the epitome of music trends?!

rather ashamed that our British jury voted for Eric.

then again at least there was a contest and a vote... we have had Blue thrust upon us. we have no choice...but going on past efforts, perhaps that's reason enough.
19:11 March 13, 2011 by Meatball
Last year Eric Saade announced Sweden's points in the Eurovision Contest, he flirted a bit with the camera and the teenage girls in Europe went wild, that litte clip on youtube nearly got as many hits as the 'Evolution of dance'...so the Melodifestivalen organizers thouhgt : A-ha! This boy will go to the eurovision next year, it doesn't matter if he farts/mimes/talks or sings the whole song but he will go by hook or by crook...

But how though?...A-ha, by creating a 'international jury' that no one sees or knows of...

Crux of the matter, it doesn't matter who sang what really well, they were never going to make it anyway. Some other peanut than Bert Karlsson decided so...

Having said that my little boy of 7 really loves Eric and probably would have voted for him if he knew how to operate a mobile phone.
19:21 March 13, 2011 by truthworthy
Why am I not seeing SD bigots talking about his background?
19:59 March 13, 2011 by TomasBrolin
The man is a legend! Love the song- classic Eurovision trash :-)
02:39 March 14, 2011 by wishUlistenup
Totally pathetic!

What happened to the culture of music? A song with 3 lines of lyrics repeating over and over. How brilliant of composition is that with 5 chords?

A cheap techno-disco tune sounding like it came from the 80ies.

What about those leather outfits? One of the dancers are pawing all over him in public. A bunch of gays?

This is so testeless that it is embarrasing !

A new tune that teens is going to chew on for a couple of weeks? "I wanna be popular"? Baaaaaaaarf!
07:05 March 14, 2011 by mikewhite
The international jury is just ensuring that Sweden's chances in Eurovision are reduced.
08:40 March 14, 2011 by booka
Its not like the international jury had much to choose from.
15:38 March 14, 2011 by DAVID T
i like it - not
16:21 March 14, 2011 by si
While the rest of the world moved on and diversified it seems Swedish music became frozen in the 80's. Even the "alternative" - too far out there for the average swede station P3 pushes this mindless drivel from time to time.

If there is 1 thing that really sux about Sweden this is it. Thankfully the rest is all good.
21:05 March 14, 2011 by ann68
I would have preferred if it wins swedish song!
22:44 March 14, 2011 by Nerikull
Isn't one Justin Bieber in the world enough? Would have liked to see The Moniker win.
23:43 March 14, 2011 by Argentina84
I would have also loved if The Moniker had won but the fact is that teenagers are the ones that vote the most and Eric got the first place this year. I'm not disappointed since teenagers are again the ones that watch and vote the most in Eurovision so I think that Eric has a chance. He is full of energy and has charisma. The song doesn't have much musical quality, but he still puts up with a great show.

A song in Swedish would not even make it to the final...
01:12 March 15, 2011 by LeoKinmann
according to wikipedia, this guy has a Lebanese father and Swedish mother. hahaha, now let's go bash some SDer!!
12:08 March 17, 2011 by Leonardo A. Romero

I would completely like to agree with you "Madstadlad" when you critize the lyrics. But, as a song was written to reach as much public as possible then there is only one explaination for your opinion. You see definitely what you really want to see and want to hear. Wrong if you think that most of the youth nowadays takes it easily lying down. I really do not think it will be like you see it.

In my opinion, the song is very smart written because it contains phrases like: "I put my hands up in the light/ you see me DANCING FOR MY LIFE/ I will be popular, I will be popular/ I ´M GONNA GET THERE, POPULAR/ [it reminds me on the competition which will be holds in Germany]. The best part, which I like to see instead of yours is "BE SOMEONE, BEFORE YOU´RE GONE".


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