Paradise Oskar

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Paradise Oskar
Eurovision2011 finland paradise-oskar.jpg
Background information
Birth name Axel Ehnström
Born (1990-10-23) 23 October 1990 (age 24)
Kirkkonummi, Finland
Genres Folk, folk pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2011–present

Paradise Oskar was a stage name used by Axel Ehnström, a Finnish singer-songwriter (born on 23 October 1990 in Kirkkonummi, Finland) who represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsselldorf with the song "Da Da Dam".


Ehnström's family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. He lives in Evitskog, Kirkkonummi. He adopted the name Paradise Oskar from author Astrid Lindgren's children's book "Rasmus and the Vagabond", where Paradise Oskar is a vagabond who plays the accordion.[1] Paradise Oskar is studying pop and jazz at the Helsinki Music Institute.

Eurovision Song Contest 2011[edit]

Oskar participated in the Finnish national selection Euroviisut 2011 with the song "Da Da Dam" to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011. The song tells a story of a boy who decides to make a stand to try to save the planet, gets universally ignored, but continues to persevere. Both lyrics and music are by the singer.

Oskar participated in the second semi-final of the national selection, and qualified for the final along with two other artists. In the final after the 10 artists performed their songs, Oskar along with Father McKenzie and Saara Aalto went through to the second round known as the "Super Final". Oskar was declared the winner, receiving the highest number of SMS and televotes with 46.7% of the votes.[2]

Oskar won the Marcel Bezençon Press Award given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the 2011 Eurovision event.[3]

Debut album Sunday Songs 2011[edit]

Paradise Oskar signed a record deal with Finland’s leading record company Warner Music Finland. Paradise Oskar's debut album Sunday Songs was released digitally on May 2, 2011 across Europe. All songs on the album are written and composed by Paradise Oskar himself. The producer for the album is Leri Leskinen who has worked with major local superstars in Finland. The executive producer is Warner Music Finland´s newly appointed A&R manager Lasse Kurki.


After Eurovision, Ehnström has worked as a songwriter published by Elements Music.[4] He's been involved with several gold and platinum certified albums and has worked with artists such as Isac Elliot, Anna Abreu, Christopher, and Kasmir.

Recently, Axel has worked in Germany for example with Blitzkids, Philipp Leu and I Heart Sharks and in the US with, for example, the Grammy nominated producers Kadis & Sean. He has also worked with Sofi De La Torre,[5] of which the song ‘Vermillion’ is noted on Billboard as one of the best tracks of 2014.[6] Axel has also worked with artists such as Madeline Juno and ROMN.



Album Title Album details Chart positions
Sunday Songs 4


Year Single Peak chart position Album
2011 "Da Da Dam" 6 64 46 Sunday Songs
"Sunday Everyday"


  1. ^ Evitskog laulaen maailmankartalle Verkkonummi 2011 (Finnish)
  2. ^ Schacht, Andreas. "Finland sends Paradise Oskar to Düsseldorf!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Schacht, Andreas. "Finland wins the Marcel Bezençon Press Award.". Eurovision. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Retrieved 2.2.2015
  5. ^ 2.2.2015
  6. ^ Retrieved 2.2.2015
  7. ^ a b "Paradise Oskar - Finnish Charts". Hung Medien. 
  8. ^ "Paradise Oskar - Austrian Charts". Hung Medien. 
  9. ^ " - Paradise Oskar". Media Control. 

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Preceded by
with "Työlki ellää"
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Pernilla Karlsson
with "När jag blundar"