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The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge hit all around the globe. It takes place once a year and involves performers from all across Europe and the rest of the world. Spectacular performances and songs that go on to dominate the charts are staples of the competition. Loreen, a Swedish artist, sang the winning song at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, and she called it “Euphoria.” The next year, 2021, she created history by repeating as champion with her new single “Tsunami.”
Loreen: Journey to Eurovision Stardom
Born in 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden, Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui was raised by her Swedish mom and her Moroccan-Berber dad. She was raised on a lot of different cultures. Her eclectic upbringing informed her unique blend of pop, techno, and world music. Lorine, now goes by the stage name, Loreen.
Her musical career began in 2004 when she auditioned for the Swedish version of “Idol.” She didn’t end up taking first place, but she did win a lot of fans and kept singing. Her debut single, “The Snake,” was published the same year, although she didn’t start gaining widespread recognition until the following year.
For the 2012 competition, Loreen submitted the song “Euphoria.” The song scored a record-breaking 372 points, making it the winner of the competition. Loreen’s place as a pop legend was cemented as “Euphoria” topped the charts across Europe and beyond.
Loreen kept on recording and performing after her victory at Eurovision. Her first album, titled “Heal,” was published in 2012 and included the single “Euphoria” and the hits “My Heart Is Refusing Me” and “Crying Out Your Name.” The record did well commercially and critically, solidifying her place in the cultural canon.
Loreen and her return to Eurovision
In 2021, Loreen competed in the Eurovision Song Contest once more, this time with the song “Tsunami.” The song’s experimental style and politically motivated theme set it apart from her prior work. The refugee situation in Europe is still continuing on, and the song “Tsunami” is about the need for togetherness and compassion.
Loreen’s rendition of “Tsunami” was a show-stopper in the contest. Surrounded by dancers, she gave a commanding vocal performance in a beautiful black dress. The production was simple yet effective, and it fits well with the theme of the song.
Many were taken aback by Loreen’s unexpected victory at Eurovision 2021. However, the crowd responded well to her performance and message, awarding her 175 points—more than enough to win.
Musical Style and Impact on Pop Culture
Loreen mixes techno, world, and pop. She has excellent voice, sophisticated rhythms, and catchy choruses. She sings love and social justice songs. “Ethereal” and “hypnotic,” her music is danceable and thought-provoking. Loreen transcends music. She wears colorful patterns, dazzling jewelry, and fashionable haircuts. She also opposed racism and pushed for LGBTQ+ rights.
Lastly, her Eurovision triumph inspired many musicians to pursue their dreams and push popular music. Her efforts impacted Conchita Wurst and Netta Barzilai, who both used Eurovision to promote social justice and inclusivity. Her impact on culture goes beyond music and style. She has also spoken up about her anxiety and depression and advocated for mental health awareness. Due to her honesty about her mental health struggles, many of her fans have sought therapy.