52 Weeks of Eurovision: Week 7 -Loreen

Welcome to another week of ’52 Weeks of Eurovision’. If you missed last week’s article on Katrina and the Waves you can find it here.

This week we take a short trip …(wait has it been 5 years already?) back to 2012 when the Contest was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan hosted the contest for the 1st time this year after Ell and Nikki won in 2011 with ‘Running Scared’,  and to say there were political concerns was an understatement.

As well as concerns over human rights in Azerbaijan, there were also local protests because Baku was to host a ‘gay parade’ which was considered an anti-muslim celebration in a fundamentally muslim country. Ironically the contest was won my Loreen representing Sweden with the song Euphoria, which went on to be one of the campest and most popular floor-fillers on the gay scene that year!

Eurovision: 1

Protesters :0

Loreen, born Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui (not a mouthful at all),won the contest earning 372 points overall with Russia in second place with 259 points. Loreen shot to fame in 2004 when she took part in “Swedish Idol’ the Scandinavian version of  “Pop Idol/American Idol’, of which she was eliminated in week 8 by murdering Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The song ‘Euphoria’ hit the UK Charts at number 3, the highest UK chart entry for a ‘Non -UK’ Eurovision song since Johnny Logan’s ‘Hold me now’ in 1987. Still in her Zombie costume from being booted out of Swedish Idol (only joking), here is Europhia…smashing the 2012 Grand Prix Eurovision de le Chanson.

 


                                                          

11 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Eurovision: Week 7 -Loreen

  1. Still one of the most contemporary songs of the 21st Century and the most popular if the ESC Top 250 for the last four years is anything to go by…

    1. Actually it is just from joining those blog share groups…but It has died off a bit now after some militant Australian told me off for not liking at least 10 other pages!
      Sorry Im not liking pages that are shit..I said…so I have been ex-communicated.

      1. LOLOLOLOL!!! Yeah, I totally get it. I am discretionary as hell when it comes to that too. I mean, it’s nice to share the love, but if I genuinely don’t like the topic, it kinda sucks to be pressured to “like” it.

  2. A floor filler if there ever was one, but didn’t Katrina and The Waves (Love Shine A Light) also make it to Number 3 in the UK charts? 😀 I can’t believe you’ve been breaking any rules, Matt!

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