Swedish Eurovision winner Loreen returns to native Sweden

The Swedish singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest with her power ballad “Tattoo,” has returned to Sweden, saying she was proud to have won the contest twice and became the second person in Eurovision history to win a second time

Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen of Sweden arrives at Arlanda Airport outside Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Loreen (Lorine Talhaoui) won the Eurovision final in Liverpool on May 13 with the song ‘Tattoo’. (Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency via AP)

The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM — Swedish singer Loreen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest with her power ballad “Tattoo,” returned home on Tuesday, saying she was proud to be only the second person in Eurovision history to have won the contest twice.

“I’m so incredibly happy,” a smiling Loreen said after landing at Stockholm’s international airport from the English city of Liverpool, where the event was held.

“On the plane home, I had my first burst of joy and looked out at the sky. I am so incredibly happy about this. I am so proud that Sweden sent me.”

She held the trophy — a handmade glass sculpture in the shape of a microphone from the 1950s — saying it was “brutally heavy.”

Later Tuesday, the 39-year-old artist was to perform the winning dance-pop anthem at a downtown Stockholm park — a popular hangout known for its outdoor cafés and open-air concerts. The concert was to be broadcast live on public television.

Loreen won the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, billed as the world’s biggest music event, on Saturday night. She had previously won in 2012 with her song “Euphoria.”

Until this week, the only person to have won Eurovision twice was Johnny Logan of Ireland, 36 years ago.

Sweden’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest is the country’s seventh, matching Ireland’s record.

The win gave Sweden the right to host next year’s contest which coincidentally is the 50th anniversary of Sweden’s first Eurovision triumph — ABBA’s 1974 victory with “Waterloo.” No details of next year’s show have been announced yet.

Born Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui in Stockholm of Moroccan parents, Loreen had her breakthrough when she took part in Swedish show Idol 2004 and came third.

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