Kattarp, Helsingborg, Sweden
Claim to Fame
Melodifestivalen 2010-Eurovision 2011
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Eric Saade (Arabic: إريك سعادة Īrik Saʿāda, (29 October 1990) in Kattarp, Helsingborg, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer. He spent two years with the boy band What's Up!, leaving the band in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. After winning the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2011 with "Popular" Saade represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany, placing third.
Full Name at Birth
Eric Khaled Saade
Singer, Television presenter, dancer
Alexander Rybak (singer) (violinist)
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Eric Saade (Arabic: اريك سعادة Īrik Saʿāda, IPA: ['i:rik saʔa:dɐ],]; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈe:rɪk sa.ˈa:.ˈdɛ]) born 29 October 1990) is a Swedish pop singer and children's television presenter. After two years with the boyband What's Up!, he left in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. Eric Saade represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany after winning the national Swedish selection Melodifestivalen 2011 with his entry "Popular". In the final Saade came in third place which was Sweden's best result in the contest since 1999.
Saade grew up in Kattarp outside Helsingborg to a Lebanese father of Palestinian origins and a Swedish mother. They divorced when Saade was four. He is the second of eight siblings and half siblings. Saade began writing songs at age 13. Football had been Saade's number one interest up until he signed his first music contract at 15, which resulted in one album and three singles. None of them charted. He also came to prominence after he won the Swedish music contest Joker (now Popkorn).
Member of What's Up!
In 2007, based on his initial success, he also took part in a competition for filling up a position in a new proposed Swedish boyband to be formed. Out of hundreds of applicants, 15 were chosen to perform at the Globe theater including Saade. Saade became successful as one of the 4 finalists to form the band named What's Up!.
The others members of the band picked were Robin Stjernberg, Luwdig "Ludde" Keijser and Johan Yngvesson. All had been in musical competitions earlier just like Saade. Stjernberg, had been a winner in the Sommarchansen in Malmö in 2006, Keijser had competed in Lilla Melodifestivalen and Yngvesson had appeared in Super Trouper television series.
The newly-formed What's Up! band toured Sweden starting Spring 2008. The same year, they sang the Swedish language version of the theme song of a Disney production entitled Camp Rock. Saade and members of What's Up! recorded the soundtrack for the film. The song was titled "Här är jag" in Swedish. Saade also dubbed the voice of the character Shane in the Swedish version of Disney's Camp Rock with other What's Up! members dubbing voices of other characters. They also appeared on the promotional trailer prepared by the Disney Channel.
In 2008, the band released its album In Pose. It stayed one week in the Swedish Albums Chart at #40. Two singles were released, "Go Girl!" in May 2007 that peaked at #5 in the Swedish Singles Chart and "If I Told You Once" in March 2008 reaching #16.
In early 2009, the band announced the departure of Eric Saade for a solo career. He was replaced by Johannes Magnusson.
 Television work
Saade during Eurovision 2011
During the summer of 2009 Saade presented Disney Channel's popular My Camp Rock a Scandinavian music competition based on the Disney Channel's hit movie Camp Rock as well as holding interviews with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Saade also appeared on Julias Stjärnskott, a competition for young people, as a compere.
He was a member of the Swedish jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and on the night of the final, 29 May 2010, he announced the Swedish votes.
This brief on-screen appearance caused his name to trend on Twitter.
In August 2009 Saade signed a new contract with Roxy Recordings (Agnes Carlsson, Malena Ernman, Peter Jöback, Erik Hassle, Sarah Dawn Finer). In December 2009 Saade released his first worldwide single "Sleepless" that reached #44 in the Swedish Singles Chart. His third single after the success with Manboy "Break of Dawn" reached number #45 in the charts.
Eric released his first studio album, Masquerade, on 19 May 2010, and it peaked at #2 in the Swedish Albums charts. All his three singles ("Sleepless", "Manboy" and "Break of Dawn") appear on the album as well as his next single release "Masquerade".
Eric's next album is expected for release between July and September 2011, with singles "Still Loving It" and "Popular" already released. His summer tour is expected to include some songs from his upcoming album.
Melodifestivalen and Eurovision
Saade has taken part in Melodifestivalen Sweden's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest two times in a row. He failed to qualify the first time placing third in the final with "Manboy" and succeeded the second time with "Popular".
Saade performing "Manboy".
Saade participated in Melodifestivalen 2010 in the 2nd semi-final on 13 February 2010 at the Göransson Arena, Sandviken with the song "Manboy" written by Fredrik Kempe (music and lyrics) and Pete
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