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Sweden's Saade claims Eurovision final spot

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 13 May 2011, 09:10

Published: 13 May 2011 09:10 GMT+02:00

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Saade helped to restore some pride after the fiasco of 2010 when Sweden fell at the semi-final hurdle of the pan-European song fest.

The hopes of Saade and his legions of Swedish followers however hung in the balance as the last of the finalists were read out. Sweden was the final country to be called, after a wait described by Saade "a nightmare".

"It was damn nightmare to sit there and wait for the final envelope. I sat with my head in my hands and thought, 'I can't cope, I can't cope'," he said after the drama had reached a happy ending.

20-year-old Saade, from Helsingborg in southern Sweden and his club hit "Popular" will now take its place alongside the other 24 competitors performing in the Dusseldorf Arena on Saturday evening.

Sweden has overhauled its domestic Eurovision qualifiers in a bid to reverse the poor fortunes of recent years, with Eric Saade one of a group of artists hand-picked in a bid to boost quality.

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The country has not placed in the top ten since 2006 and Anna Bergendahl's failure to qualify for the 2010 final with "This is my life" in 2010 signalled a low point in Sweden's distinguished Eurovision history.

Saade has been confident of his chances when speaking to the media and on Saturday at 9pm the nation will be glued to their television sets hoping he can deliver on his promise of a return to the Eurovision song summit.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:24 May 13, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Did none of the other competitors turn up then?
10:25 May 13, 2011 by Iraniboy
Wait for a lot of Anti-Swedish comments here!!!
10:29 May 13, 2011 by StockholmSam
He better win, dammit, because my 3-year-old and 9-year-old have been singing that song all day long for three months now.
10:56 May 13, 2011 by Boyfriend
I love to see when immigrants brings success for Sweden! Specially I love to see an immigrant kids with Swedish flags on his shoulder and win for Sweden.

Every immigrants must do excellent job to bring Sweden always on top.
11:05 May 13, 2011 by naimad
Way to go! was very excited to hear sweden!! Im still rooting for ireland though!
11:38 May 13, 2011 by IXUS
Utterly hideous, but perfectly in keeping with the new dumbed down, gob in your face, hooliganesque, bomb-in-a-restaurant, Humvee in your street, drugs in your bar, Sweden.

Should act as a giant advert letting the world know what Sweden has become, rather than what it still pretends to be, and for that Eric Saade-and-the-idiots should be applauded.
11:44 May 13, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
I just heard on the radio that Jedward are the favourites to win. Says it all really.
11:48 May 13, 2011 by Brianito
Such a nice way to finish your singing career !
12:14 May 13, 2011 by Jasoncarter

Immigrant? He was born in Helsingborg. Where's he migrated to then?
12:15 May 13, 2011 by Jes
The only impressive future of this show was the stage effects .

It is such a shame that music has died .

And what happened to the sound mixture ? Vocals are too loud , very poor quality - you get a bloody headache !!!
13:38 May 13, 2011 by marionettes.show
@ Jasoncarter

According to Wikipedia:

"Saade grew up in Kattarp outside Helsingborg to a Lebanese father of Palestinian origins and a Swedish mother. They divorced when Saade was four. He is the second of eight siblings and half siblings."
14:02 May 13, 2011 by saraswed
eric has a chance if you compare to a whole lot of ridiculous songs this year.how did those songs even make it from thier country.very bad songs.i wrote him off after melodifestival but with those songs on board he can even win.goodluck
15:15 May 13, 2011 by calebian22
Born in Sweden doesn't mean immigrant.
17:17 May 13, 2011 by laura ka baal
@jason carter.

What a tight slap in your face.
18:15 May 13, 2011 by Leo Danial
Hi dears

Long time No see

Sweden, last year, committed a fatal sin by letting down a genuine musician & great artist like Salem Al Fakir ... for polotical reasons in my opinion ... following the invisible ideology of Swedish Feminist Chauvinism (SFC).

This year ... they felt that they shoud do some thing to bring back some balance & silence some rebels like Leo & others ... by bringing some male singer from Arabic roots ... this shift is good 7 welcomed if it is sincere of course.

But neither the song nor the singer are good enough to represent Sverige in ESC2011 ... I don't expect it will make any progress in the finals coparing it many lovely & great contributions from other contries.

I think that Sweden has the talent & ability to produce great songs that can attract the audience around the world if the industry can understand what is going on!

Maybe next time
18:59 May 13, 2011 by calebian22

Melodifestivalen is not political and this year's choice was certainly not a nod to accepting Middle Eastern culture.
19:01 May 13, 2011 by CanisTrigger
To say that this... "song" is appalling is an understatement.
01:05 May 14, 2011 by philster61
Gay...very very gay....Competitors from NorGAY. Bosni Herzi GAY venia...Sveri-GAY...

I want to see a man song contest... When men actually sang like they had a pair. Instead of everybody singing like a strangled cat........Bring back the days of Euro hairy chests. Euro moustache..Yeah baby....
05:37 May 14, 2011 by cookiemaster
Ohhhh...I have learned that the thing or number one...all times bestseller in Sweden is for you to change you name immediately upon arrival from Mideast or Africa etc...that way you can be more Shaade(I mean shady:p)....you don't even have to learn Swedish that much just change name and you see...klap klap klap ata Turk...klap klap
07:57 May 14, 2011 by rufus.t.firefly
He's creepy and disturbing. That golden shower thing last year actually made me sick. Am I the only one? It disturbs me that he is popular with children and parents seem oblivious.
07:59 May 14, 2011 by Infart
That pic couldn be from the Stockholm Gay Pride Day. Who would know the difference?
19:54 May 18, 2011 by philster61
Born in Sweden doesn't mean immigrant.

Doesn't make him Swedish either... Whatever DNA your parents have is what you have. Once a Turk, always a Turk
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