After the Final: Emotional scenes among artists backstage

After the Final: Emotional scenes among artists backstage
Eric Saade could celebrate Sweden's best result since 1999. "This will bring Sweden's artist next year a great momentum," he commented. Photo: Glen Webb (EBU)
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Backstage after Saturday's Grand Final, emotions were running high among the artists. Among celebrations and stern faces, Slovenia's Maja Keuc were happy for recovering after losing her voice on the day of the Final, and Denmark's Tim Schou wanted to apologise to Europe for screwing up in the greenroom. Read all the comments here! got a talk with as many of the artists as we could backstage, right after the show, and before they finally left the Eurovision Song Contest.

The comments follow in the order of the result of the Final:

1. Azerbaijan: Ell/Nikki
Stylist Emir Kapetanovic: "This was totally insane! I'm Swedish, with my roots in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and I'm working with Azerbaijan. All those three were in the top section of the scoreboard, and as soon as someone of those got points, I screamed backstage. The Azeri performance was so beautiful and clean, I give much credit to the Swedish director and choreographer Rennie Mirro."

2. Italy: Raphael Gualazzi

3. Sweden: Eric Saade
"We're insanely happy to have been the ones to take Sweden back to the top of this contest! This will bring Sweden's artist next year a great momentum."

Backing singer Joel Börjesson: "This was amazing, incredibly exciting voting. This was Sweden's best position in twelve years!"

4. Ukraine: Mika Newton
"I am really good. But it's so difficult to wait for forty-three countries. The fourth place is a good place for our country, it's good to be in the top five. When standing on stage, it was like a celebration, so fantastic, and so much emotion!"

5. Denmark: A Friend In London
Lead singer Tim Schou: "This was the most amazing night! And the worst part about it is that I screwed up. I told everyone in Europe: 'I wanna f**k you!' When the camera came and we got the first points I was so excited. I apologise, Europe! I apologise! We got the fifth place, baby!"

6. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dino Merlin

7. Greece: Loucas Yiorkas feat. Stereo Mike
Loucas Yiorkas: "This is a competition, and someone has to have the first place. We're very happy to be in the seventh place, seventh out of forty-three countries is great. This was a battle we gave alone because of the tough times that Greece has, and we are very happy to give the people back home something."

8. Ireland: Jedward
"We had an awesome time here at the Eurovision Song Contest, it's been so cool! And it's really cool that you guys know who we are now, everyone's talking about us! We love talking you guys at We have so much stuff coming up, we're going on tour all across Europe, and we have exclusive news coming out soon that we can't wait for you guys to know. We've got a brand new album, which is really cool. We were really really happy with what we did on stage here, we had so much fun!"

9. Georgia: Eldrine
Lead singer Sophio Toroshelidze: "We feel really great! I'm so happy we were in the top ten. I'm amazed that we managed that. Our main goal was just to enjoy and show people who we are. I'm so happy I was here. And congratulations to Azerbaijan! Now, we're gonna work a lot on our album, and we're gonna have tours around Europe."

10. Germany: Lena

11. United Kingdom: Blue
Group member Simon Webbe: "It was a great night. The best song won, I think it was deserved. The viewers decided. When we'll come home, we'll wake up, make album, carrying on, do what we do. Get back up again."

12. Moldova: Zdob și Zdub
"We're very fine. The result was a little bit unfair, but it's okay. Our result was fine, since we're a very small country. The most important thing is to show everyone that we exist. So next time, we'll go to Azerbaijan."

13. Slovenia: Maja Keuc
"I'm smiling! I enjoyed the night very well. I was actually afraid, since I lost my voice on the day of the performance. All day I was quiet. I don't know why it happened, I just had too much of everything. But I gave it my best and was very satistfied with my performance. I'm very happy just that I did it! I don't care much about points. I will take a break for one week now when I come home. Then of course I will do performances and work with my album, and so on."

14. Serbia: Nina
"It was very exciting today, and the Azerbaijani song is great, so I'm very happy. I think I was better than in the Semi-Final, so I gave it the best that I could, and I'm satisfied with myself. Now, I'm going home, finally. We'll see what happens afterwards, this has been so huge."

15. France: Amaury Vassili
"I'm very fine. I was very happy with my performance. Maybe another time, we'll see!"

16. Russia: Alexej Vorobjov
"I'm okay, we did what we had to do."

Producer and songwriter RedOne: "This was an amazing night, a great experience. The voting is one thing, I was more into getting the exposure of Alexej. Now, we're moving on! You can't always win. You have to realise how big it is to just participate here."

17. Romania: Hotel FM
Lead singer David Bryan: "I'm very disappointed in England. I expected a few points from the UK, but I didn't get a single one. I'm going to perform in Romania instead in the future."

18. Austria: Nadine Beiler
"It was so great on stage, very great!"

19. Lithuania: Evelina Sašenko

20. Iceland: Sjonni's Friends
Group member Pálmi Sigurhjartarson: "The night was incredible. I felt that our performance this time was the best. We were so happy to be here and perform this song to Europe. We have so much talent in this group, so we will continue together now, no question about it."

21. Finland: Paradise Oskar
"It was a nice evening. Good to be on stage, and with a nice audience. I'm one of those who insist that there's no way to compete in music. This has been a very merry festival to me with plenty of music. The competition feels a bit unnecessary, but it's a bit fun for the excitement. In the upcoming time, I will try to get people interested in my newly released album."

22. Hungary: Kati Wolf
"I expected more. But that's the game. I think the song is very good, and I'm satisfied with the performance. When I get home, I'll go to my children. It was amazing to be in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the arena and all the people here."

23. Spain: Lucía Pérez

24. Estonia: Getter Jaani
"I'm good, it was a very good evening, and I think we did a very good job. My album just came out, and now, I will go on tour in Estonia."

25. Switzerland: Anna Rossinelli

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  • Posted on 10 June 2011 at 09:10
    upset by 16 seats, but I congratulate Azerbaijan, all the performances were very good report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 May 2011 at 23:33
    They could've displayed a better photo of Eric :D I love him, he was the best report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 May 2011 at 23:32
    They coul've placed a better photo of Eric :DD report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2011 at 22:13
    the voting this year was really random ;)
    It was exciting to watch report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2011 at 13:49
  • Posted on 23 May 2011 at 10:25
    Seventh place was indeed great for us! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 20:59

    I can't vote for Sweden you know, if I could I would! And of course I vote for songs I like! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 20:53
    I really liked the majority of the entries this year. hope next year will be just as exciting. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 20:20
    amina-mandarin: well we try to win ERIC and you you vote for serbia? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 19:19

    I voted for Nina like five times, though I didn't understand a single word I still loved the song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 19:05
    WELL DONE ELDAR & NIGAR !!! AZERBAIJAN DESERVED THE WIN !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 May 2011 at 10:34
    For all Dutch speaking people here: become fan of Eurovision Belgium on Facebook and get to know all the latest news of the Eurovision Song Contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 May 2011 at 23:53
    @ guriets

    I'm listening to the CDs in my car since they were published 1 or 2 monthes ago and I'm always happy about it :) I'll sure still do it in some monthes. It was the same last year.

    I pretty much like all the songs. There are just a few that I sometimes skip forward. Those are Lithuania, Greece, Netherlands, Ukraine, Zyprus, France, Italy and Germany. The ones I especially like (in order of appearance) are Albania, Turkey, Serbia, Georgia, Finland, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Austria, Slovakia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Israel, Slovenia, Romania, Estonia, Belarus, Latvia, Denmark, UK and Spain. Quite a few. I'm pretty sure I'll also still like them in some years. Azerbaijan was and is my favourite. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 May 2011 at 22:46
    Greece was really exceptional. I admired the creativeness of composer. Such a song.

    It is remarkable that Greece is always demonstrating smth special regardless of the awarded place.

    I believe it is the mood of ESC.

    No country fan has to be upset. Even those that did not pass to finals.Just they have to give another try. They should make more efforts. They have to advance the performance to meet the European expectations.

    By the way, Albania was great! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 May 2011 at 22:28