28
Feb
11

Will Eric Saade restore Sweden’s standing at Eurovision?

It’s no secret that Sweden hasn’t been going too well at Eurovision in recent years but hopefully that’s about to change.

Eric Saade is hot favourite to win Melodifestivalen, the Swedish heats to select the artist to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest and if he is not selected, the Swedes must be crazy.

This year’s Melodifestivalen has been rather lack lustre. The format is becoming tired and the quality of songs just hasn’t been there. I really haven’t enjoyed the show that much this year and the fourth semi final was one of the worst since they introduced the semi final format. The hosts have been boring with no chemistry and the comedy sketches have been decidedly unfunny. Melodifestivalen is in desperate need of a revamp.

But Eric was a breath of fresh air with his song “Popular”. Yes, some of the other songs have been very good (Dilba, Sebastian, Jenny Silver and Sara Varga all leap to mind) but Eric is the total package. Memorable performance (Eric crashing his way out of a glass box), memorable song, easy to sing along to and Eric himself. Not only is he is easy on the eye but he does come across as an all round nice guy. He ticks all the Eurovision boxes in a way that none of the other contenders do.

Eric still has to win the Swedish final which is being held in Stockholm on Saturday 12 March 2011. Ahead of the final, the single for “Popular” is being released in Sweden today in both a digital format and physical CD format (cover above).

Lets hope Sweden get it right this year and select Eric to represent them. I am sure that Sweden will rank highly and could even win in Düsseldorf.

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4 Responses to “Will Eric Saade restore Sweden’s standing at Eurovision?”


  1. 1 David McKenzie
    February 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I suspect there’s a small amount of biased in your comments, Grant!!! 😉

    And what, no mention of Sweden’s darling, Sanna Nielsen? Shame!

    • 2 twistinthedark
      February 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

      But aren’t we all biased in our different ways. 🙂

      I am talking mainly from a Eurovision perspective and I honestly think that Eric would have the best chance of Sweden performing well. “Popular” is not actually my favourite song in MF this year (although I do love it). That would probably be Dilba or Sara Varga but I don’t think they would have done that well in Düsseldorf.

      I liked Sanna a lot and I’m glad she got through to the final. I think it’s her best Melodifestivalen song and her voice is incredible. It’s the performance that lets it down as a Eurovision song. Sanna doesn’t do much at all apart from sing the song and a boring bit of choreography at the end. And the less said about that dress, the better!

      If Sanna ends up representing Sweden, she’ll need to spruce up the performance a bit and get a new outfit. She’s already got the song and the voice right.

  2. 3 judgeg
    March 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Sanna’s song is fabulous and I can’t get it out of my head but Eric rightly won Melodifestivalen. He has the best chance to give the Swedes a high position in Eurovision. Love ya Eric!


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