Petra Mede & me

A picture with me and the legendary Petra Mede!

A picture with me and the legendary Petra Mede!

I love this photo. I’d love it even more if I could have edited my chins out. But anyway, it’s a fab photo that I asked a complete stranger to take for me at Stockholm Pride Park.

Petra Mede is a Swedish comedian who did an absolutely brilliant job hosting Melodifestivalen this year.

What is Melodisfestivalen? Shame on you for not knowing!

Wikipedia describes it thusly:
“Melodifestivalen [English: “The Melody Festival”] is an annual music competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It determines the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has been staged almost every year since 1959. Since 2000, the competition has been the most popular television program in Sweden. It is also broadcast on radio and the Internet. In 2007, the semifinals averaged 3.1 million viewers, and an estimated four million Swedes watched the final.”

I did a cut of a couple of minutes of the opening of the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2009 (I have watched the opening credits about 100 times – I just love them!*) so you can see a little bit of Petra as I first saw her – mega-glam and an absolutely charming hostess.

I saw Petra at the Alcazar unplugged show that was also part of Stockholm Pride this year. She joined the group for the final song and sang ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mratz together. She was just very normal, no make-up, just very real and very down to earth. It made me love her even more!

Petra Mede sings with Alcazar at their unplugged show, Stockholm Pride 2009

Petra Mede sings with Alcazar at their unplugged show, Stockholm Pride 2009

Then, on the Friday afternoon at Stockholm Pride, Yoda and I were sitting at a table in front of the small stage watching Magnus Carlsson perform and who should come up to our table with a bottle of coke and calamari? Yes, you guessed it – Petra Mede!

She asked very politely if she could sit down and luckily our Swedish friend Claes was able to reply in Swedish. I was very unsubtle: ‘OH MY GOD, YOU’RE PETRA MEDE, YOU HOSTED MELODIFESTIVALEN THIS YEAR, YOU WERE FANTASTIC!’

Petra looked a little shocked until Claes explained in Swedish: ‘They’re from Australia.’ She politely smiled.

Later, after the show, Petra was hanging around the soundbooth and I took the opportunity to go up to her and ask for a photo. She was very gracious and I explained that I had a friend who downloaded the Melodifestivalen finals for us to watch (since they would never, ever be shown in Australia!). I also explained that we watched the final as a group in our local pub on a big screen together. She was very interested in that.

I said to Petra, ‘I remember the first semi-final. You were wearing that beautiful dress and you came on stage and said “Äntligen!, Äntligen!” (“At last!, At last!”). She said it again for me and laughed. I asked a complete stranger to take a shot of Petra and myself and she did a great job. As I said, I love the resulting picture.

(*a rough guide to the titles on the screen:
Final 2008
After that, 3440 entries are sent in
32 are chosen to participate
in Sweden’s largest music competition
is on the road again
Gothenberg prepares
Sweden is ready)



  1. […] she’s also a really nice person, apparently. My friends G&G, met her at Stockholm Pride as The Best Judge blogged in […]

  2. Of course you realise this will be used in evidence when she instigates legal action against you for stalking 🙂

    • I’m just an admirer of course – I would never actually ‘stalk’ her! Besides, it’s too much work!

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