Sanna Nielsen

Sanna Nielsen

Sanna Nielsen (2014)
Background information
Birth name Sanna Viktoria Nielsen
Born (1984-11-27) 27 November 1984
Edenryd, Skåne, Sweden
  • Singer
  • television presenter
Years active 1996–present
Labels Warner, Parlophone
Associated acts Mats Elmes, Sonja Aldén, Shirley Clamp, Fredrik Kempe

Sanna Viktoria Nielsen (born 27 November 1984) is a Swedish singer and television presenter.[1] After her seventh attempt, she won Melodifestivalen in 2014 with the song "Undo" and so represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, finishing in 3rd place overall. Sanna was one of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 commentators for Sweden and hosted Melodifestivalen 2015 along with comedian Robin Paulsson. She was announced as the new presenter for the sing-along show Allsång på Skansen for the summer of 2016. She will host Eurovision The Party at the Tele2 Arena for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.


Nielsen was born and grew up in the town of Edenryd in Bromölla Municipality, Skåne. Nielsen's career started at several talent searches, the first being in 1992 in Olofström. In 1994 she participated in a talent search in Kallinge and won with the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Nielsen performed with the danceband Mats Elmes between 1995 and 1996 at the age of eleven.[2]

Sanna Nielsen at Sommarkrysset in 2008.

At the same time she reached the number one spot on the Svensktoppen chart with the song "Till en fågel".[3] Nielsen became the youngest person to reach number one at the chart.[4]

In September 1996 Nielsen's debut album "Silvertoner" was released.[5] A reviewer of the album for Göteborgs-Posten compared Nielsen to Carola Häggkvist and Sissel Kyrkjebø.[6] During the following years Nielsen released the album Min önskejul in 1997 and the single "Time to Say Goodbye" in 1999.[7] During her high school years, she studied the Estetichal programme and music at Helenehoms Gymnastin in Malmö.[8]

In December 2001 Nielsen participated in a Christmas tour along with Christer Sjögren, Sten Nilsson and Charlotte Perrelli.[9] In 2002 she toured with Roger Pontare and in December the same year she participated in a Christmas concert with Kalle Moraeus and Tito Beltran in both 2003 and 2004.[10]

In February 2006, her second solo music album Nära mej, nära dej was released with lyrics and music by Fredrik Kempe and Marcos Ubeda.[11] In July–August 2007 she was on a new music tour called Sommar, Sommar, Sommar along with Shirley Clamp and Sonja Aldén.[12] In April 2008 the album Stronger was released, an album completely in English language, the first time Nielsen had such an album.[13] The same year the album Our Christmas was released, containing Christmas songs along with Shirley Clamp and Sonja Aldén.[14]

In 2011, she released the album I'm In Love. In December 2013 Nielsen released her seventh studio album called Min jul with Christmas songs.[15]

Participation in Melodifestivalen

Nielsen has participated seven times in Melodifestivalen, Sweden's annual music competition and national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. She made her debut in 2001 performing "I går, i dag", which finished third.[3] She returned to the contest again in 2003 with "Hela världen för mig" finishing fifth. After a one-year break, Nielsen returned again in Melodifestivalen 2005 with "Du och jag mot världen", this time as a duet with Fredrik Kempe, which finished eighth.[16]


On 3 March 2007, Nielsen participated in Melodifestivalen again with "Vågar du, vågar jag".[3][17] During the Second Chance round, the song qualified for the final at the Stockholm Globe Arena on 10 March 2007, where the song ended up in seventh place after the final of Melodifestivalen 2007.


Nielsen participated in Melodifestivalen 2008, performing "Empty Room", written and composed by Bobby Ljunggren and Aleena Gibson. She reached the final from the Västerås semifinal on 16 February 2008.[18] Although the song won the public televote in the final inside the Stockholm Globe Arena on 15 March, beating Charlotte Perrelli's second-placed song "Hero" by more than 50,000 votes, it was denied the chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest after losing out to Perrelli in the overall points-based scoring system once the jury vote was factored into the results, thus finishing only second in the final official standings.[18]

During 2008, "Empty Room" won the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2008 with a 91 points lead to runner-up Coral from Spain.

Return in 2011

Nielsen participated in the Melodifestivalen 2011, with the song "I'm in Love".[3][19] She came first at the second semi-final which took place in Gothenburg on 12 February 2011. One month later, she finished fourth at the finale.

Melodifestivalen win and Eurovision 2014

Sanna Nielsen performing at Eurovision 2014

Nielsen decided to return to the contest in 2014, this time with the song "Undo".[20] She competed in the second semifinal held on 8 February, in which she qualified for the final, held at the Friends Arena, Stockholm on 8 March.[14][21] She won the final and represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark in the first semifinal on 6 May.[22] Nielsen made it to the final. In the final Nielsen placed third place with 218 points. That also placed Nielsen as the second highest scoring singer for Sweden at the Eurovision after Loreen in 2012. Undo became Nielsens first song to reach the UK Top 40 singles charts at place 40

After Eurovision 2014

Sanna Nielsen performing at Stockholm Pride 2015

On 29 September 2014, Nielsen was announced as the host for Melodifestivalen 2015 along with comedian Robin Paulsson.[23]

On 10 April 2015, it was announced that Nielsen and Edward af Sillén would commentate the SVT broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[24]

In August 2015 it was announced by SVT that Nielsen would become the new presenter for the all-sing show Allsång på Skansen at Skansen in Stockholm in the summer of 2016.[25][26]

Nielsen will return to Eurovision when she hosts the "Eurovision The Party" event that will be held at the Tele2 Arena on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 final.[27]

Personal life

Sanna Nielsen got engaged in 2006 in Las Vegas, the couple lived in Lidingö outside of Stockholm before splitting up in 2008.[28][29] She is currently living in Årsta south of Stockholm with her boyfriend Joakim Ramsell.[30]

Nielsen is of Danish descent - her grandfather was Danish and lived in Århus.[30]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
  • First studio album
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Maypole
Min önskejul
Nära mej, nära dej
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 15 February 2006
  • Label: Lionheart
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 16 April 2008
  • Label: Lionheart
I'm in Love
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 2 March 2011
  • Label: Lionheart
  • Second Christmas album
  • Released: 21 November 2012
  • Label: Parlophone
Min jul
  • GLF: Platinum
7[32] 1
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Joint albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
Our Christmas
(Sanna, Shirley, Sonja)
  • First joint album
  • Released: November 2008
Vår jul
(Sanna, Shirley, Sonja)
  • Second joint album
  • Released: November 2010
  • GLF: Gold

Compilation albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
Sanna 11-22
  • First compilation
  • Released: 7 March 2007
  • Label: Lionheart
16 bästa
  • Second compilation
  • Released: 9 April 2014
  • Label: Lionheart


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
"Till en fågel" 1996 46 Silvertoner
"Där bor en sång" [41] 1997 Min önskejul
"I Love the Summertime"
("Låt sommaren gunga dig") [42]
1998 single only
"Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró)" [43] 1999 Sanna 11-22
"I går, i dag" 2001 32
"Hela världen för mig" 2003 35
"Du och jag mot världen"
(with Fredrik Kempe)
2005 20
"Rör Vid Min Själ" 2006 "Nära mej, nära dej"
"Vågar du, vågar jag" 2007 10 Sanna 11-22
"Empty Room" 2008 2 Stronger
"Nobody Without You" 33
"All I Want For Christmas"
(Sanna Nielsen, Shirley Clamp & Sonja Aldén)
39 Our Christmas
"My Grown Up Christmas List"
(Sanna Nielsen, Shirley Clamp & Sonja Aldén)
"I Can Catch the Moon" 2009 Stronger
"Rätt kanal" [44] single only
"Devotion" 2010 15 I'm in Love
"Part of Me"
"I'm in Love" 2011 32
"Can't Stop Love Tonight"
"Viskar ömt mitt namn" 2012 Vinternatten
"Undo" 2014 2 81 25 48 5 32 21 21 11 40 7
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


See also


  1. Sanna Nielsen
  2. Helsingborgs Dagblad 15 november 1996, page 39
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Sanna Nielsen om sina mammaplaner | Nöje KvP". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. Johan Brännström. "Det 11-åriga stjärnskottet skriver Svensktoppshistoria", Aftonbladet 25 May 1996, page 31.
  5. Eva Kjeller. "Oh, vilken skiva Sanna", Aftonbladet 28 september 1996, page 45
  6. Tore Ljunberg. Göteborgs-Posten 7 October 1996, page 39
  7. Michael Nystås. "Hon kan bli vår nästa stora stjärna", Aftonbladet, 2 February 1999, page 34
  8. "Sanna är redo att möta publiken", Helsingborgs Dagblad, 9 November 2000, page 25
  9. Mikael Forsell. "16-åriga Sanna sjunger med julelefanterna", Västerbottens-Kuriren, 6 June 2001, page 15
  10. Rolf Sundblad. "Sanna Nielsen årets Ulla Billquist-stipendiat", Pressens Mediaservice, 29 April 2002
  11. Karin Bengtsson. "Vuxet och lite tråkigt, Sanna", Borås Tidning, 15 February 2006
  12. Catharina Cavalli. "Nu får publiken höra tre tjejer på en gång", Aftonbladet 5 May 2007, page 39
  13. "Sanna Nielsen: Stronger - Kultur Skivor". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  14. 1 2 "Här firar de sin scheger". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  15. "Sweden: Sanna Nielsen releases new album". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  16. "Fredrik Kempe och Sanna Nielsen – Du och jag mot världen | Melodifestivalen". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  17. "Sanna Nielsen och Sonja Aldén till final - Melodifestivalen och ESC - Webbkanalen P4 Melodifest | Sveriges Radio". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  18. 1 2 "Sjunde gången gillt för Sanna Nielsen? - Nyheter - Tidningen Årsta-Enskede". 2013-11-26. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  19. "Brolle och Sanna Nielsen går till final". DN.SE. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  20. "Sanna Nielsen om att vara favorittippad: "Jag tar aldrig någonting för givet" - Melodifestivalen". 1984-11-27. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  21. "YOHIO först på scen – här är startordningen för Melodifestivalen 2014". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  22. "Sanna Nielsen: "Var nog dags att jag vann"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  23. "De blir programledare i Melodifestivalen". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  24. "Nöjesbladet avslöjar: Sanna Nielsen och Edward af Sillén nya Eurovision-paret - Melodifestivalen - Nöjesbladet - Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  25. "SVT bekräftar: Sanna Nielsen leder Allsång". Expressen. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  26. "Sanna Nielsen tar över Allsången". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  27. "Stjärnspäckad storsatsning 2016: Eurovision The Party intar Tele2 Arena". Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  28. "Sanna Nielsen singel igen". Nyheter24. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  29. Elisabeth Vedin. "Jag vill ha två barn", Aftonbladet 9 March 2007, page 30
  30. 1 2 "Den handlar om hur Joakim fått mitt hjärta". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  31. 1 2 3 4 Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sanna Nielsen". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  32. "7 - Album - Nielsen Sanna - Music - CDON.COM". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  33. Peak positions in Australia:
  34. 1 2 Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Sanna Nielsen". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  35. Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sanna Nielsen". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  36. Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sanna Nielsen". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  37. Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sanna Nielsen". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  38. Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Sanna Nielsen". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  39. Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sanna Nielsen". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  40. "Sanna Nielsen > UK Charts". Official Charts Company.
  45. Hannah Sjöström. "Grattis, Sanna Nielsen", Aftonbladet 30 April 2002, page 28
  46. "Nielsen fick pris av Nilsson", Helsingborgs Dagblad 12 July 2002, page 8
  47. "Sanna Nielsen blev Årets skåning", Helsingborgs Dagblad 15 July 2003, page 6
  48. "Empty Room blev årets låt", Gaygalan 2008, page 6

Media related to Sanna Nielsen at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
Succeeded by
Denmark Hera Björk
Preceded by
Robin Stjernberg
Melodifestivalen winner
Succeeded by
Måns Zelmerlöw
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