Danny Saucedo

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Danny Saucedo
Saucedo in 2013
Saucedo in 2013
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Gabriel Alessandro Saucedo Grzechowski
Born (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 35)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Daniel Gabriel Alessandro Saucedo Grzechowski[1] (born 25 February 1986), known professionally as Danny Saucedo or simply Danny, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as one of the finalists in Idol 2006, the Swedish version of Idol, where he reached the top six.[2]

Saucedo has released five studio albums and more than fifteen singles as a solo artist. His debut album Heart Beats and its three singles "Tokyo", "Play It for the Girls" and "Radio" topped the Swedish charts. He was 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 eleven 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 four 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", as well as in 2012 with "Amazing". He returned in 2021 with "Dandi dansa", qualifying direct to the final for a third time as a solo artist and finishing in seventh place in the final.

Personal life[edit]

Saucedo was born in Stockholm to a Polish father and a Bolivian mother. As a student he attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm.[4][5] He speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French in addition to his native Swedish.[1] Saucedo is a practicing Catholic.[6]

Saucedo was in a relationship with Swedish singer Molly Sandén from 2013 to 2019, they were engaged in 2016.[7][8] As of February 2020, Saucedo is in a relationship with model Anna Eriksson.[9]

Career[edit]

2006: Idol and beginnings[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 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
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.

2007–2011: 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 third 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",[10] 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 13 November 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 3 December 2010 with the release of the "There's a Place for Us" as the album's third single. In late 2010, the band announced an indefinite breakup.[3]

2007–2014: Solo career, new albums and Melodifestivalen[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 placed 12th in the final on September 6 in Glasgow.[11] In October 2008 Danny revealed that he would be back with a new album in early 2009 and that the first single from it would be "Radio", which had been released top radio for airplay. The track was written by Michel Striton, who composed the song "If Only You", from the album Heart Beats.[12] Danny's new album "Set Your Body Free" was released on Christmas Eve 2008 in Sweden.[12] He later appeared in the music video for "Victorious", by Velvet and Linda Bengtzing. Furthermore, Saucedo participated in Melodifestivalen 2011 as a solo artist, singing the song "In the Club".[13] 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. In 2013, he hosted Melodifestivalen 2013 with Gina Dirawi. Saucedo has also been active as a songwriter and has composed songs for Alcazar and Pulse.

2015–present: Så mycket bättre and touring[edit]

In 2016, Saucedo participated in the Swedish TV-show Så mycket bättre, which was broadcast on TV4. Having scored more than 13 Top 40 hits in his native Sweden, he was well fit for the show, since the show's general premise is that each artist is supposed to make their own version of other artist's well known songs.[14] Saucedo participated in the show again in 2019.[15] He has in recent years been touring in Sweden, most recently with "The Run(A)way Show", which received acclaim from critics.[16][17] In March 2020, some of Saucedo's shows had to be canceled, due to the amid arising concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.[18]

He participated in Melodifestivalen 2021, when he qualified for the finale, held on 13 March 2021.[19][20] He finished in seventh place with 74 points; 39 points from the international juries and 35 points from televoting.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
[21]
Heart Beats 1
Set Your Body Free
  • Released: 24 December 2008
  • Label: Ariola, Sony
  • Format: digital download, CD
2
In the Club
  • Released: 11 March 2011
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: digital download, CD
3
Hör vad du säger men har glömt vad du sa
  • Released: 20 November 2015
  • Label: Chiliboy Music
  • Format: digital download, CD
3
  • GLF: Gold
Så mycket bättre – Tolkningarna
  • Released: 25 November 2015
  • Label: Chiliboy Music
  • Format: digital download
1

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Certifications Album
SWE
[21]
FIN TUR
[22]
EUR
"Öppna din dörr" 2006 24 Det bästa från Idol 2006
"Tokyo" 2007 1 9 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 singles
"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
"Öppna upp dit fönster" 82
"För kärlekens skull" 35
  • GLF: Gold
"Jag får inte nog" 2017 71 Non-album singles
"Dansa med mig" [A]
"Undantag"
(featuring Linda Pira)
2018 71
"Tänker på mig"
(with Black Moose and Einár)
2019 20
"Hon är min"
(with Erik Segerstedt and Mattias Andréasson)
21 Så mycket bättre
"Du vet att jag gråter" 56
"De ba livet" 82
"Ere bara jag" 2020 42 TBA
"Kungar av december"
(with Niello)
[B]
"Dandi dansa" 2021 7
"Fan va har vi gjort..."
(with Sabina Ddumba)
19
"Om igen"[26] [C]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Dansa med mig" did not enter the Sverigetopplistan singles chart, but peaked at number five on the Sverigetopplistan Heatseekers chart.[24]
  2. ^ "Kungar av december" did not enter the Sverigetopplistan singles chart, but peaked at number fourteen on the Sverigetopplistan Heatseekers chart.[25]
  3. ^ "Om igen" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number two on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ronny Larsson (May 2007). "Hur gay är Danny?" (PDF). QX. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-19. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  2. ^ Niklas Strömberg, Ylwa Svensson. "Dannys slut - i tårar Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine", 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). Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  4. ^ David Lillemägi (11 February 2013). "Danny Saucedo och Molly Sandén nykära". Expressen (Swedish daily newspaper). Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  5. ^ "EMD släpper julskiva på svenska". Noizegate Music (Swedish music magazine). 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  6. ^ "I morgon räknar Danny med Gud". dagen. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Molly: Danny stöttade mig – efter Eric Saade". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Eric Saade och Molly har förlovat sig!". Posh24 (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  9. ^ Shimoda, Anna; Shimoda, Hans (24 February 2020). "Danny Saucedo om nya kärleken: "Häftigt"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 25 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Nu är det klart – E.M.D spelar i Melodifestivalen | Melodifestivalen | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  11. ^ "Eurovision Dance Contest info page". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  12. ^ a b "Official Website". Archived from the original on 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  13. ^ Vinker, Barry (2010-10-19). "Eight more Melodifestivalen acts announced". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  14. ^ "Det här är Så mycket bättre". TV4. 22 October 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Allt du behöver veta om jubileumssäsongen av Så mycket bättre!". TV4 (Sweden). 18 October 2019. Archived from the original on 21 October 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Danny Saucedo - The Run(A)way Show". Showtic. Archived from the original on 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  17. ^ Azarmi, Natasha (1 November 2019). "Stark och mångsidig show av Danny Saucedo". Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  18. ^ Welin, Cecilia (12 March 2020). "Konserter ställs in på teatern och arenan". Hallandsposten (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  19. ^ These are Sweden's contenders for the Eurovision Song Contest The Local Retrieved 11 March 2021
  20. ^ "Danny Saucedo och Arvingarna gick direkt till final". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 2021-02-06. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  21. ^ a b Prak positions in Sweden:
  22. ^ "hayatadair.info". hayatadair.info. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  23. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 9, 2017" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 43, 27 oktober 2017". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 48, 2020". Sverigetopplistan. Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  26. ^ "Om igen - Single by Danny Saucedo on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  27. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 18". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 7 May 2021.

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