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Wrap-up: Sweden surprised with pop-opera

16 June 2009 at 10:55 CEST

Who is Malena Ernman?

Referring to Malena Ernman as Sweden’s most unusual opera star would hardly be an exaggeration. The mezzo-soprano from Sandviken - north Sweden - comfortably goes from the high culture opera houses of Vienna and Paris to comedy sketches at award shows without regard to the reactions from the sometimes-conservative world of opera.

"I have just listened to this song for the first time and I absolutely loved it! I can't get enough of it," a comment from the United Kingdom said.   A fan from Latvia thought: "Good luck, Malena, your personality and your performance are really captivating!"

Sweden qualified fourth from the first Semi-Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest but in the end finished 21st in the Final with La Voix.

Check out who exactly is Malena Erman on her Artist Profile.

How did it all start?

Now in Moscow...

After the Shows



Sweden had - almost traditionally - one of the most grandiose national selections this year with many sem-finals and a grand final in Stockholm.  How will their national selection look in 2010? How will they do in Oslo? Find all of that out right here at!

You can expect more wrap-up articles from us about the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest participants. Stay tuned!