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Lebanon "Popular"
Ericsaade-popular
Own Eurovision Song Contest 20 entry
Country Lebanon
Artist(s) Eric Saade
Language English
Composer(s) Fredrik Kempe
Finals performance
Semi-final result 8th, 72 points
Final result 13th, 111 points
Appearance chronology
◄ Maliket jamal el kon (19)   
Let's play (21) ►


"Popular" is an English language song written by Fredrik Kempe and performed by Swedish singer Eric Saade. It is the second single from Saade’s second album Saade Vol. 1 and was the Swedish entry in Eurovision Song Contest 2011. It was first released on 28 February 2011 in Swedenand topped the Swedish Singles Chart.

BackgroundEdit

The song was written by Fredrik Kempe and Naan A.K.A Whigfield and produced by Peter Boström and Larry Pignagnoli

Eurovision Song ContestEdit

On 19 February 2011, Eric Saade competed in the semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2011 with Popular. He won the final on 12 March 2011 with 193 points overall and was the Swedish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

During his performance, Saade had glass box wall on stage that is supposed to break. In the first rehearsal, that did not work. Therefore, Sweden had an extra rehearsal 2011. About the rehearsals in Eurovision Song Contest, Saade said: “It feels great after the first rehearsal. I just focused on all the important stuff, like cameras and angles. I'm gonna focus a little bit more on the singing and dancing part on the next rehearsal.”

Saade performed on 12 May 2011 in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest in eighth position in the lineup. Popular was the last song to have been announced to qualify for the Grand Final. It was later revealed that he finished first in the second semi-final. On 14 May 2011, he performed the song in the final in seventh position in the lineup. Saade came in third place with 185 points, which was the best result for Sweden since 1999 when Charlotte Perrelli won with the song Take Me to Your Heaven. It was also Sweden’s fifth third place in Eurovision history. He came in second place in the televoting only two points behind the winner Azerbaijan.

Own Eurovision Song ContestEdit

The song was selected to represent Lebanon in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 20 held in Timisoara,Romania.

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