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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sweden's Malena Ernman sings La Voix in new version of 2009 Eurovision entry

"And now for something completely different..."
which may even slightly remind you, as it did me
when I first saw it, of the concept of using well-known
opera excerpts to tie together something old and
something new, as continues to be done to this day
by British Airways using Sous le Dome epais
from Lakme by Léo Delibes in their hugely popular
TV ads around the world, to, in effect, tie something
old and something new -the Old World and the New
World.

Here, the hugely popular and super-talented
Swedish opera star Malena Ernman sings
a new version of La Voix, which she'll be singing
as Sweden's entry in the 2009 Eurovision
Song Contest in Moscow in a few weeks.


The video follows the dynamic mezzo-soprano
from Stockholm to the Opera House in Frankfurt,
-where she's performing this year- as well as
to her favorite nearby Starbucks.


Please click on the video and then hit HQ
and Full Screen right away to get the best
overall effect.



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Below, the nightclub-style version of the song
that Malena sang and performed LIVE on
SVT's Melodifestivalen on March 14th, that
really wowed the judges and TV viewers.

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Anxiously waiting for the votes to be tallied
with the rest of the performers, and then giving
an encore performance after coming in number
one.

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Malena to Moscow for Sverige!

Nicely edited clips of Malena being interviewed and
joking around after celebrating the big win, and if you
pay close attention, you'll see that the first person to
give her a congratulatory hug is the wonderful
Molly Sandén, one of our new favorite talents.

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You can watch the upcoming Eurovision Song
Contest LIVE online, through Eurovision.tv!

Rock på, Malena!
Lycka till!

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Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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