Who is Eric Saade???

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Eric Saade...man of the moment

Sweden’s Eric Saade has won Melodifestivalen 2011. But just who is Eric Saade? Well, Wikipedia.org has the lowdown on Eric…

Eric Khaled Saade (born 29 October 1990 in Kattarp) is a Swedish singer and children’s television presenter. After two years with the boyband What’s Up!, he left in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. Eric Saade will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany after winning the national Swedish selection Melodifestivalen 2011 with his entry “Popular”.

Saade grew up in Kattarp outside Helsingborg to a Lebanese father and Swedish mother, who divorced when Saade was four . He is the second of eight siblings and half siblings. Saade began writing songs at age 13. Football had been Saade’s number one interest up until he signed his first music contract at 15, which resulted in one album and three singles. None of them charted. He also came to prominence after his win on the Swedish music contest Joker (now Popkorn).

In 2007, based on his initial success, he also took part in a competition for filling up a position in a new proposed Swedish boyband to be formed. Out of hundreds of applicants, 15 were chosen to perform at the Globe theatre including Saade. Saade became successful as one of the 4 finalists to form the band named What’s Up!.

The others members of the band picked were Robin Stjernberg from Hässleholm, Luwdig “Ludde” Keijser from Enköping and Johan Yngvesson from Vetlanda. All had been in musical competitions earlier just like Saade. Stjernberg, had been a winner in the Sommarchansen in Malmö in 2006, Keijser had competed in Lilla Melodifestivalen and Yngvesson had appeared in Super Trouper television series.

The newly-formed What’s Up! band toured Sweden starting Spring 2008. The same year, they sang the Swedish language version of the theme song of a Disney production entitled Camp Rock. Saade and members of What’s Up recorded the soundtrack for the film. The song was titled “Här är jag” in Swedish. Saade also dubbed the voice of the character Shane in the Swedish version of Disney’s Camp Rock with other What’s Up! members dubbing voices of other characters. They also appeared on the promotional trailer prepared by the Disney Channel.

In 2008, the band released its album In Pose. It stayed one week in the Swedish Albums Chart at #40. Two singles were released, “Go Girl!” in May 2007 that peaked at #5 in the Swedish Singles Chart and “If I Told You Once” in March 2008 reaching #16.

In early 2009, the band announced the departure of Eric Saade for a solo career. He was replaced by Johannes Magnusson from Göteborg.

During the summer of 2009 Saade presented Disney Channel’s popular My Camp Rock a Scandinavian music competition based on the Disney Channel’s hit movie Camp Rock as well as holding interviews with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.


Saade also appeared on Julias Stjärnskott, a competition for young people, as a compere.

On 29 May 2010, he read the Swedish votes in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and was also a member of the Swedish jury.

In August 2009 Saade signed a new contract with Roxy Recordings (Agnes Carlsson, Malena Ernman, Peter Jöback, Erik Hassle, Sarah Dawn Finer). In December 2009 Saade released his first worldwide single Sleepless that reached #44 in the Swedish Singles Chart. His third single after the success with Manboy “Break of Dawn” reached number #45 in the charts.

Eric released his first studio album, Masquerade, on May 19th, 2010, and it peaked at #2 in the Swedish Albums charts. All three of his singles (“Sleepless”, “Manboy” and “Break of Dawn”) appeared on the album as well as his next single release “Masquerade”.

Eric’s next album is expected for release between July and September 2011, with singles “Still Loving It” and “Popular” already released. His summer tour is expected to include some songs from his upcoming album.

Saade has taken part in Melodifestivalen Swedens national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest two times in a row. He failed to qualify the first time placing third in the final “Manboy” and succeeded the second time with “Popular”.

Saade participated in Melodifestivalen 2010 in the 2nd semi-final on February 13, 2010 at the Göransson Arena, Sandviken with the song “Manboy” written by Fredrik Kempe (music and lyrics) and Peter Boström (music) and achieved the third place in the national final on 13 March 2010.

On 29 May 2010, Eric  read the results of the Swedish votes in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and was also a member of the Swedish jury.

On 19 February 2011, Eric Saade competed in the third semi-final in Cloetta Center, Linköping, of Melodifestivalen 2011 (the Swedish national competition to select the counrtry’s entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany.) His performance of his entry Popular, written by Fredrik Kempe, got the most votes in the semi-final. Thus Saade competed in the Swedish final on March 12, 2011 where he won both the Swedish televoting and the international juries voting from 11 countries (getting the maximum 12 points from juries from France, United Kingdom and Malta and 10 points from the Ukraine and Irish juries and 8 points each from Greek and Croatian juries).

After winning the national Swedish selection Melodifestivalen 2011, Eric Saade will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany on the second semi-final to take place on 12 May 2011, and if successful to go on to the final in Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena on 14 May 2011.


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