“Masquerede,” Eric’s first studio album, was released in May 2010.

Eric Saade may not have won Eurovision for Sweden, but his appearance in Saturday’s final helped revive the nation’s interest in the contest following a significant lapse last year.

Poplight, a Melodifestivalen news site in Sweden, obtained viewing figures for the past 13 years. They show that last year, after Anna Bergendahl crashed out in the Eurovision semis, only 1.7 million Swedes tuned into the final (compared to 3.1 million the year before). In 2011—with Eric listed as a favorite among the bookies—that figure rose to 2.9 million. Interestingly, the numbers indicate that far fewer Swedes watch the Eurovision final than watch the Swedish national final. And we thought the Swedes were such outward-looking people…tsk tsk!

1999 Charlotte Nilsson – Take Me To Your Heaven
Final: 2 885 000 viewers (34,5 % share)

2000 Roger Pontare – When Spirits Are Calling
Final: 3 790 000 (44,7%)

2001 Friends – Listen To Your Heartbeat
Final: 3 585 000 (41,9 %)

2002 Never Let It Go – Afro-Dite
Final: 3 340 000 (39,1 %)

2003 Fame – Give Me Your Love
Final: 3 455 000 (40,3 %)

2004 Lena Philipsson – It hurts
Semifinal: 1 065 000 (12,4 %)*

Final: 3 555 000 (41,3 %)

2005 Martin Stenmarck – Las Vegas
Semifinal: 1 030 000 (11,9 %)*

Final: 3 320 000 (38,3 %)

2006 Carola – Invincible
Semifinal: 2 645 000 (30,4%)
Final: 3 286 000 (37,7 %)

2007 The Ark – The Worrying Kind
Semifinal: 990 000 (11,3 %)*
Final: 3 425 000 (39,2 %)

2008 Charlotte Perrelli – Hero
Semifinal 1: 1 020 000 (11,6%)*
Semifinal 2: 1 970 000 (22,4%)
Final: 2 810 000 (31,9%)

2009 Malena Ernman – La Voix
Semifinal 1: 2 171 000 (24,5%)
Semifinal 2: 1 168 000 (13,2%)*
Final: 3 120 000 (35,2%)

2010 Anna Bergendahl – This is my life
Semifinal 1: 1 060 000 (11,9%)*
Semifinal 2: 1 850 000 (20,7%)
Final: 1 694 000 (19,0%)*

2011 Eric Saade – Popular
Semifinal 1: 858 000 (9,5%)*
Semifinal 2: 1 575 000 (17,5%)
Final: 2 880 000

*Sweden didn’t participate in these rounds of the contest.

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kati
kati
9 years ago

Eric Saade is the best!! He is so cute and hot. He is a winner for us in our hearts. Popular was the best song!!