Eurovision: Nielsen feels no pressure to reveal flesh

Sweden’s Eurovision entrant Sanna Nielsen has said that she feels no pressure to show flesh in order to gain more votes during the contest.

The 29-year-old,  who made it to Saturday’s final in Copenhagen after her performance of her song Undo on Tuesday night, was asked by a reporter if she planned to show more flesh at the main event after performing in a lace outfit during rehearsals. She responded by saying that she didn’t, but admitted it was her opportunity to introduce herself to Europe so she wants to feel “radiant”. She added that she felt “beautiful, sexy and dignified” in the dress.

Sweden are second favourites after Armenia to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Nielsen’s ballad has been popular among music fans and a large number of expectant Swedes are ready to travel to the Danish capital to show their support for her.

Last March, Nielsen finally achieved her dream of representing Sweden at the Eurovison after seven previous attempts at Melodifestivalen, the country’s national selection. She described it as “super fun” to be at the event, noting that it was not difficult as she is used to performing on stage. However, she admitted that the atmosphere would be different on the night.

Sweden is looking to win the competition for the sixth time. The Scandinavian country first won it 40 years ago with Waterloo by Abba. Its last success was in 2012, when Loreen’s Euphoria won in Azerbaijan.