Danny Saucedo

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Danny Saucedo
Danny Saucedo i Allsång på Skansen 2013.jpg
Danny Saucedo (2013)
Background information
Born (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 31)
Origin Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
Genres
Associated acts E.M.D. (2007–2010), Malcolm B, Lazee, Swingfly

Danny Saucedo (born Daniel Gabriel Alessandro Saucedo Grzechowski[1] on 25 February 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish singer and songwriter often presented just as Danny, who competed as one of the finalists in Idol 2006 — the Swedish version of Idol where he got to the top 6 before being eliminated.[2]

Danny has released three music albums and eleven music singles as a solo artist. His debut album Heart Beats and the three singles "Tokyo", "Play It for the Girls" and "Radio" topped the Swedish charts. He was also simultaneously a member of Swedish pop trio E.M.D. with Erik Segerstedt and Mattias Andréasson, which was active between 2007 and 2010.[3] The trio released three albums and eight singles (of which one album and four singles topped the Swedish charts). The band won a Grammis for Song of The Year 2008 with "Jennie Let Me Love You". He has competed in Melodifestivalen three times, every time as both artist and songwriter. In 2009 E.M.D. finished third with "Baby Goodbye", and as a solo artist he finished second in 2011 with "In the Club", and in 2012 second, this time with "Amazing".

Danny is an established artist in Sweden, has been praised by his Swedish colleagues and is described as humble[4] and dedicated to his fans.[5]

"If Only You" was his first UK single, featuring Therese. It was a number one hit in Russia and Poland.

Personal life[edit]

Danny Saucedo is of mixed Polish/Bolivian origin as his father comes from Poland and his mother is from Bolivia. As a student he attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm.[6][7]

Idol[edit]

Auditions

Danny embarked on his journey in Idol 2006 by auditioning with the song "I Swear" by the vocal quartet All-4-One. He was praised by the jury for his touching and convincing voice.

Day joined fellow contestant Felicia Brandström in a duet, singing Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", which according to the jury was the best performance so far in the Idol contest. The jury was unanimous in its opinion that if both were to continue at that level of that performance, they would easily end up in the Idol final.

The jury's comments were harsh after Danny's performance of Nick Lachey's single "What's Left Of Me" in the Idol 2006 semi-finals, however, as they claimed his voice did not suit this song. In the top 11 finals, Danny sang The Jacksons' "Blame It on the Boogie" while doing some Michael Jackson moves. In the top 10 finals, Danny stormed the stage and even made jury member Kishti Tomita weep in tears, while Danny sang the ballad "Öppna din dörr" by Swedish singer Tommy Nilsson.

Performances
Round Song Original artist Theme
Audition "I Swear" All-4-One -
Final audition "No One Else Comes Close" Joe
Final audition "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Bryan Adams Duet (with Felicia Brandström)
Final audition "Isn't She Lovely" Stevie Wonder -
Qualifying round "What's Left of Me" Nick Lachey -
Final 1 "Blame It on the Boogie" The Jacksons My Idol
Final 2 "Öppna din dörr" Tommy Nilsson Swedish Hits
Final 3 "So Sick" Ne-Yo Hits from the 2000s
Final 4 "Sweet Child o' Mine" Guns N' Roses Rock
Final 5 "Lately" Stevie Wonder Favourite from auditions
Final 6 "End of the Road" Boyz II Men Acoustic

After Idol[edit]

Danny Saucedo at Gröna Lund in 2007

In 2006, after end of the Idol season, he released his first single, a cover of "Öppna din dörr", a song by Tommy Nilsson. The debut single charted at #24 on the Swedish Singles Chart.

In E.M.D.[edit]

E.M.D. 2008

Danny formed with previous Idol contestants Erik Segerstedt & Mattias Andréasson the Swedish pop band E.M.D., at the same time putting his solo output as well. Both Erik Segerstedt and Danny Saucedo had released successful solo albums, the first with his A Different Shade and the second with his album Heart Beats, during the Autumn of 2007, they formed alongside Mattias Andréasson the Swedish trio E.M.D.. Their first single, a cover of Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting's hit "All For Love" rose to 3rd place on Hitlistan. "All for Love" charted on Swedish national record chart immediately. The follow up was a debut album, A State of Mind, in May 2008. The album debuted at #1 on the Swedish Album Chart and produced three additional domestic chart topping singles after "All for Love", being "Jennie Let Me Love You", "Alone" and, after the deluxe album edition, the single "Baby Goodbye".

E.M.D participated in the 2009 Melodifestivalen with the track "Baby Goodbye".[8] making it to the final, where they finished third. In November 2009 E.M.D. released their second album and first holiday album Välkommen hem, containing Swedish Christmas music and the album's first and only single Välkommen Hem originally sung by Magnus Carlsson) was released on November 13, 2009. E.M.D. finished the studio recording of their second studio album and third album overall entitled Rewind in 2010. The band released the first single from the album, "Save Tonight", a cover of a song by Eagle-Eye Cherry, followed by "What Is Love", a cover of a song by Haddaway in 2010. The album was released on December 3, 2010 with the release of the "There's a Place for Us" third single. In late 2010, the band announced an indefinite breakup.[3]

Solo career[edit]

Saucedo was a contestant on the television show Let's Dance 2008 (Swedish version of Dancing With The Stars). In September 2008, Saucedo along with professional dancer Jeanette Carlsson took part in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008. The couple place 12th in the final on September 6 in Glasgow.[9]

In October 2008 Danny revealed that he would be back with a new album in early 2009 and that the first single from the new album would be "Radio", which has been released top radio for airplay, the track is written by Michel Striton who composed the song "If Only You" from the album Heart Beats.[10] Danny's new album "Set Your Body Free" was released on Christmas Eve 2008 in Sweden.[10]

He appeared in the music video for "Victorious", by Velvet and Linda Bengtzing.

Saucedo participated in Melodifestivalen 2011 as a solo artist, singing the song "In the Club".[11] He qualified for the final that was held on 12 March 2011 and came second in votes to the winning song "Popular" by Eric Saade. Danny garnered 149 points to Saade's 193 points. He later presented the Swedish votes at finals of Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

In 2012, he made a return to the Melodifestivalen 2012 for another chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Amazing". He performed on the semi-final 4, on 25 February and later on advanced into the finals. However, in the finals, he came in second place again to the winning song "Euphoria" by Loreen. Saucedo had garnered 198 points to Loreen's 268 points.

As a songwriter, he has composed songs for Alcazar and Pulse.

In 2013, he hosted Melodifestivalen 2013 with Gina Dirawi.

In 2016 Saucedo participated in Så mycket bättre that was broadcast on TV4, having scored more than 13 Top 40 hits in his native Sweden.

Discography[edit]

As solo artist[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album SWE
[12]
Certifications
2007 Heart Beats 1
2008 Set Your Body Free 2
2011 In the Club 3
2015 Hör vad du säger men har glömt vad du sa 3
  • GLF: Gold
2016 Så mycket bättre – Tolkningarna 1
[13]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Certifications Album
SWE
[12]
FIN TUR
[14]
EUR
"Öppna din dörr" 2006 24 Det bästa från Idol 2006
"Tokyo" 2007 1 9
  • GLF: Platinum
Heart Beats
"Play It for the Girls" 1 34
  • GLF: Gold
"If Only You"
(with Therese Grankvist)
3 9 73
"Hey (I've Been Feeling Kind of Lonely)"
"Radio" 2008 1 132 Set Your Body Free
"Need to Know"
"All on You"
"Emely"
(with Sasha Strunin)
"Just Like That"
(with Lazee)
"In Your Eyes" 2011 In the Club
"In the Club" 2 41
  • GLF: Platinum
"Tonight"
"Amazing" 2012 2 70
  • GLF: 3× Platinum
Non-album single
"All in My Head" 121
"I Can See Myself in You"
(with Tommy Körberg)
"Delirious"
"Todo El Mundo (Dancing in the Streets)" 2013 50
"Brinner i bröstet"
(featuring Malcolm B)
2015 14
  • GLF: 3× Platinum
Hör vad du säger men har glömt vad du sa
"Dör för dig" 2
  • GLF: 4× Platinum
"Så som i himlen"
(featuring Tensta Gospel)
27
  • GLF: Platinum
"Hör vad du säger men jag har glömt vad du sa" 2016 66
"Snacket på stan" 5
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
Så mycket bättre – Tolkningarna
"Se mig" 52
"Skepp" 46
  • GLF: Gold
"Super 8" 2
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
"Öppna upp dit fönster" 82
"För kärlekens skull" 35
  • GLF: Gold
"Jag får inte nog" 2017 71 TBA
"Dansa med mig" [A]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes

  1. ^ "Dansa med mig" did not enter the Sverigetopplistan singles chart, but peaked at number five on the Sverigetopplistan Heatseekers chart.[15]

As part of E.M.D.[edit]

Danny Saucedo performing at an E.M.D. concert

E.M.D. broke up in late 2010.[3]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronny Larsson. "Hur gay är Danny?[permanent dead link]", QX, maj 2007. Läst den 15 mars 2011.
  2. ^ Niklas Strömberg, Ylwa Svensson. "Dannys slut - i tårar", Aftonbladet den 4 November 2006. Läst den 15 mars 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Ek, Torbjörn (2010-12-05). "Ny storlåt – då lägger EMD ner". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  4. ^ Intervju i TV4s Nyhetsmorgon med Tilde de Paula
  5. ^ Anna Bill. "Idol-Danny lockade tonårstjejer", UNT, 29 November 2008. Läst den 16 mars 2011.
  6. ^ David Lillemägi (11 February 2013). "Danny Saucedo och Molly Sandén nykära". Expressen (Swedish daily newspaper). Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  7. ^ "EMD släpper julskiva på svenska". Noizegate Music (Swedish music magazine). 10 November 2009. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Nu är det klart – E.M.D spelar i Melodifestivalen | Melodifestivalen | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Eurovision Dance Contest info page". 
  10. ^ a b "Official Website". 
  11. ^ Vinker, Barry (2010-10-19). "Eight more Melodifestivalen acts announced". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  12. ^ a b Danny Saucedo discography
  13. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 January 2017.  Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  14. ^ "hayatadair.info". hayatadair.info. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  15. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 43, 27 oktober 2017". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 28 October 2017. 

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