Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui (born 16 October 1983), known professionally Loreen, is a Swedish pop singer and music producer. Loreen represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, with her entry “Euphoria” and won the contest with 372 points.
Loreen was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1983 to Moroccan Berber immigrant parents. She was raised in a liberal Muslim household, but is non-practising as an adult. Early in her life, Loreen moved to Västerås. She grew up there, and calls Västerås her hometown. She spent most of her teenage years in Gryta, a residential area in Västerås. Loreen became known to Swedish audiences after taking part in the Swedish Idol 2004 competing as Lorén Talhaoui. During the qualification round, she placed third by the public vote. She would have been eliminated, but received a wildcard from the judges, allowing her to compete in the program.She finished fourth overall, and was eliminated during the eighth week.After Idol, in 2005, she released a promotional single, “The Snake”, with the group Rob’n’Raz.
Loreen returned to the public eye when she took part in Melodifestivalen 2011 with the song “My Heart Is Refusing Me”, which she co-wrote with Moh Denebi and Björn Djupström. After placing fourth in the second semifinal in Gothenburg on 12 February 2011, she competed in the Second Chance round,but failed to qualify for the final after a sing-off with Sara Varga. The song was released on 11 March 2011 and became a hit on the Swedish Singles Chart, debuting and peaking at number 9.Following Loreen’s success a year later, the song re-entered the chart, peaking at number 22 in May 2012.
In the first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2012 on 4 February, Loreen advanced directly to the final round with her entry “Euphoria”, written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström.She won the national final on 10 March with a combined total of 268 points and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.The song won the competition with a total of 372 points from 40 voting countries out of 42 (Italy was the exception, and Sweden could not vote for itself).[According to online betting companies, she was the favourite to win the contest.On 3 June 2012, Loreen’s Eurovision-winning entry “Euphoria” charted at No. 3 on the UK Official Singles Chart, the highest chart position for a non-UK Eurovision entry since Johnny Logan’s “Hold Me Now” in 1987.