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Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden wins Euro-bronze

Published söndag 15 maj 2011 kl 02.07
"It's the best result we've had in twelve years"
(2:28 min)
Sweden's Eric Saade on stage in Düsseldorf. Photo:Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix.

Sweden's Eric Saade finished third in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf Saturday with the song "Popular". This is Sweden's best result in the contest for 12 years. Saade won Thursday's semi final, it was also revealed.

Saade told the Swedish media how happy he was at the result, saying he had done it for Sweden.

Christer Björkman, head of the Swedish delegation was also elated at the result.

Sweden got top marks from two countries, Estonia and Israel, and even led the contest for a while during the voting, and looked like it would come second, until a final twelve points to Italy pushed them ahead of the Swedes.

The winning entry, "Running scared" by Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan also had major Swedish involvement, with Swedish songwriters, dancers, backing singers and choreographer. Next year's contest will now take place in Baku.

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