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Song contest

Eric Saade selected for Eurovision

Published söndag 13 mars 2011 kl 10.54
Eric Saade performing the song "Popular" at Globen in Stockholm on Saturday. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Favourite Eric Saade and his song "Popular" will represent Sweden at the Eurovision song context in Düsseldorf in May. The twenty-year-old won most of the 1,6 million votes from the audience, but also came out top when the 11 international juries gave their opinion.

The international vote was given the same weight as that of the Sweidsh public, in an attempt to beef up the Swedish chances in the international competition. But the jury-groups, made up of Eurovision "experts" in 11 countries around the Eurovision-zone, were not in agreement. Many of the jury groups decided to give their 12-points to other songs.

Eric Saade became known to the Swedish public in last year's Swedish Eurovision song contest. He then came third, after Anna Bergendahl, but his song went on to become immensely popular in Sweden, not least with the youngest audience. His performance was also talked about, as it ended with him getting soaked in a real shower.

This year his performance contains a similar spectacular element, as he crushes large sheets of glass when escaping a quickly put together glass box, in his drive to become - as the title goes - "Popular".

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