Saade all ready for Euro-challenge
Swedish singer Eric Saade is now in the last stages of his preparations ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 20-year-old heads down to Dusseldorf next week for the first rehearsals ahead of the contest on May 14th.
There have been some small alterations between the Swedish final and the Eurovision. Eurovision rules mean that there can only be six people on stage, and all vocals have to be live. In Sweden artists are allowed to have backing vocals on tape and a total of eight people are allowed in each number.
So Eric will now be joined by five new dancers, who will also have to sing while carrying out the demanding choreography.
"We needed to adapt the performance to the new stage, which is round rather than rectangular, but it feels great so far", he told Radio Sweden, "The dancers will now also have to sing while they're dancing, which is a hard thing to do, but they're professionals. Otherwise it's the same choreography and the same performance, and of course, the same song."
Saade has been busy completing his second album, preparing for Eurovision and has also been on a couple of short visits to France and Russia, and while in Russia a small controversy blew up between him and the Russian singer Alexey Vorobjov. Some of Vorobjov's fans had claimed that Saade had "stolen" his choreography from the Russian, and there were allegations that the Russian delegation had put pressure on TV programmes not to invite Eric Saade to perform. Saade himself now wants to put the whole issue behind him and concentrate on the Eurovision itself.
"I'm not going to talk so much about it, I've spoken a lot about it over the past week, " he says, "but I just don't need to talk before the stage, they're playing a lot of dirty games over there, but I'm not going to do that. I'm just going to prove myself on the stage."
Eric Saade says he has listened to some of his competitors, with France and the UK his favourites, "They would be worthy winners", he says. Of course he has his own sights on gold though. "It would mean a lot of people liked what I did, and I would be able to spread my music all over the world, and perform all over the world, because that's what I want to do, that's my goal."
Sweden competes in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 12th, and could qualify for the final in Düsseldorf on May 14th.