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Sanna Nielsen reveals changes for her Eurovision performance!

Sanna Nielsen reveals changes for her Eurovision performance!
  • On March 28, 2014

Three weeks ago, Sanna Nielsen finally won Melodifestivalen in her seventh attempt, and will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With the contest fast approaching, the Swedish team is preparing for the performance and have revealed some changes to the original Melodifestivalen performance.


No more crystals

The light beams will be preserved but upgraded to a total of 18 lights, compared to the 12 in the original performance, streaming out from the middle of the stage where Sanna Nielsen performs.

The beams will still light up a discoball at the culmination of the performance, but the crystals have been done away with. It appears that the stage construction does not allow for anything to be hung from the ceiling or rig above the stage, and the Swedish team has to come up with a way to still get the discoball suspended above Sanna.


A floating satellite

A black podium has been added as a new effect, which should blend into the darkness of the performance, making Sanna Nielsen appear to be in a floating space. “We simply want her higher up in the frame. One will experience that the podium does not have a bottom but looks like a floating satellite,” said the head of the Swedish delegation, Christer Björkman, to

The point is to strengthen the feeling from the Melodifestivalen performance, but at a higher, international level. “I want the performance to feel present and beautiful, but at the same time have an explosive expression,” said Sanna Nielsen to


A new outfit for Sanna

It isn’t just the performance that gets a few changes. Sanna herself will also change her stage outfit, but the exact details are secret.

People who weren’t fans of the pants can breathe a sigh of relief though, as Christer Björkman suggests that legs will be shown.

“The visualizations suggest that we will see legs, which she has very much of, beautifully, so we hope for that. It must be elegant, tasteful, and modern. The clothes must be adjusted to the fact that it’s a different season. It also needs to be at an international level, it has to be luxurious, and she should be perceived for what she is: An adult, but young star.”


Iconic visuals to leave an impression – like Loreen

The Swedish team hopes that the performance will leave the same iconic impression that Loreen managed with her victorious performance back in 2012.

“We have the important visuals that people remember. It’s two iconic visuals, when you see the lighting cage and it opens up, and when the beams hit the discoball creating sparks in her world,” said Christer Björkman.

Sanna Nielsen is equally excited for the performance. “We focus on making the performance memorable and touching. I enjoy preparing for this big adventure.”


Sweden will perform in the first semi-final, as song number four.



Source: SVT Photos: Fredrik Jönsson / SVT

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