Paradise Oskar

Da Da Dam

Country
🇫🇮 Finland
First Semi-Final
Finished 3rd
Grand Final
Finished 21st
Song
Da Da Dam
Written by
Axel Ehnström
Composed by
Axel Ehnström
On the internet
Broadcaster
Yleisradio

Paradise Oskar is a mask, behind which we find the 20-year-old singer/songwriter Axel Ehnström from Helsinki.

Axel couldn’t sing before he learned to walk and he wasn’t a five-year old Mozart

reciter, but he has always been willing to learn things. This characteristic landed him

to study music at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki last autumn.


Axel already took an interest to music when he entered school and soon his own melodies

were ringing in his head. Songwriting was more and more prominent in Axel’s life

and he wanted to bring his songs for others to hear. But first he had to get a stage name.

He found that in Astrid Lindgren’s fairytale – an old vagabond, who made his living

playing the accordion.


Last summer during improvisation, he quickly came up with a melody and wrote the partly

sarcastic lyrics about people’s indifference.  He decided to send his shoebox budgeted demo 

to the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. His only wish was to get feedback from his music.


A few weeks later the Finnish Broadcasting Company contacted him, but the e-mail was

a total surprise to Axel.  The jury had picked Da Da Dam straight to the

Finnish final!


After his initial bewilderment, Alex started to put the finishing touch to the song.

The well-known composer/arranger/producer guru Leri Leskinen came to his assistance.

Da Da Dam was first performed publicly at the end of November and started to conquer

the masses.


Paradise Oskar’s first performance on a live TV broadcast in January paved the way; he won

his qualification round and got more and more fans.


Before the final qualification, even the status of a favourite didn’t make this young man nervous. 

Paradise Oskar sang his way irresistibly and irrevocably to the hearts of the Finns. In the final of 

the Finnish national final, Da Da Dam scored almost fifty per cent of all the phone

and text message votes.

Lyrics of Da Da Dam

Peter is smart, he knows each European country by heart. He likes to sit under an apple tree on his yard and wait for an apple to fall. When Peter is nine his teacher tells him that this planet is dying, that someone needs to put an end to it all and so when Peter comes home he tells his mom: I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'll walk my way to see the King and parliament. If they don't help I'll do it by myself. I don't wanna be Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Peter is young, he tries to talk but no one listens to him. Everybody's busy living and dying, not thinking about what they're doing. But look at the boy who went out in the world to save our planet. And he ain't coming back until she's saved. He walked his way to see the King and parliament. But they all turned their heads and walked away singin' Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da And now I'm going out in the world to save our planet. And I ain't coming back until she's saved. I'm walking in the footsteps that young Peter made. And everybody is welcome to join, and sing with me: Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da Da da dam, da da dam da da da da da da da da dam

Updates about Paradise Oskar

Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards

9 years ago

Winners' Press Conference, First Semi-Final

9 years ago

"We'll do even better in Final" say first qualifiers

9 years ago

Paradise Oskar (Finland) 2nd press conference

9 years ago