Countdown to Eurovision Song Contest! Posted by jennie on May 4, 2011 in Culture
As you all know by now, Swedes are crazy about the Eurovision Song Contest and we spend the whole winter meticulously choosing our winner through Melodifestivalen and the song who will represent the Swedish music honour in Europe. Well, I say honour, but the truth is the Sweden failed to qualify last year and must compete in a semi final before – hopefully – taking on the main stage and the millions of viewers all over Europe. This year, all our hope rest on Eric Saade’s shoulder. He’s a 21 year old pop-sensation, loved by all kids in pre-school and secretly adored by women of my age. Two years ago, we tried opera – and failed. Last year, we tried indie-girl Anna with her acoustic guitar – and failed. Will “Popular” do the trick this year??
This is what it looked and sounded like the last time Sweden was crowned the winner of Eurovision Song Contest. It was 1999 and it was Charlotte Perelli (then Nilsson) who did it with “Take me to your heaven”. Sweden has won the whole shebang four times before, amongst them ABBA famously did it in 1974 with “Waterloo”.
Next Thursday, at 21.00 Swedish time, it’s showtime! If you want to follow the semifinal live, just click here!
And – heja Eric!!
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