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Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui/Loreen: Why she kicks ass
She is a Swedish pop singer and music producer, who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, with her entry “Euphoria" and won the contest with 372 points. In Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in the Swedish city Malmö, Loreen sang both in the semi final and the grand final.
On 3 June 2012, Loreen’s Eurovision winning entry “Euphoria” charted at No. 3 on the UK Official Singles Chart, the highest chart position for a non-UK Eurovision entry since Johnny Logan's “Hold Me Now" in 1987. The single sold 62,148 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom. She is also noted for having an ongoing chart presence in the United Kingdom, remaining in the top twenty for weeks after the competition, rare for a Eurovision song.
During the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Loreen was the only entrant to meet local human rights activists. She later told reporters that “human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things.” An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not “be politicised” and requested the EBU to prevent such meetings. Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition’s rules.
In July 2012, Loreen performed at Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, where Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was in attendance. During her visit to the country, she met with the wife of political prisoner Ales Bialiatski, Viasna representatives and independent journalists, and in a two-hour meeting expressed her words of support to political prisoners and signed the petition to ban the death penalty in the country. Loreen later stated she was fully aware of the risks that “speaking out” came with, including the possibility she could have been stopped or arrested at the airport when trying to return home.

Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui/Loreen: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a Swedish pop singer and music producer, who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in BakuAzerbaijan, with her entry “Euphoria" and won the contest with 372 points. In Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in the Swedish city Malmö, Loreen sang both in the semi final and the grand final.
  • On 3 June 2012, Loreen’s Eurovision winning entry “Euphoria” charted at No. 3 on the UK Official Singles Chart, the highest chart position for a non-UK Eurovision entry since Johnny Logan's “Hold Me Now" in 1987. The single sold 62,148 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom. She is also noted for having an ongoing chart presence in the United Kingdom, remaining in the top twenty for weeks after the competition, rare for a Eurovision song.
  • During the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in BakuAzerbaijan, Loreen was the only entrant to meet local human rights activists. She later told reporters that “human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things.” An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not “be politicised” and requested the EBU to prevent such meetings. Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition’s rules.
  • In July 2012, Loreen performed at Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus, where Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was in attendance. During her visit to the country, she met with the wife of political prisoner Ales BialiatskiViasna representatives and independent journalists, and in a two-hour meeting expressed her words of support to political prisoners and signed the petition to ban the death penalty in the country. Loreen later stated she was fully aware of the risks that “speaking out” came with, including the possibility she could have been stopped or arrested at the airport when trying to return home.
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