A video of a Swedish sign language interpreter has picked up over a million hits on YouTube.  He’s a chubby guy in a purple bowtie, translating a Swedish pop song and he REALLY gets into it.

It takes a lot to steal the limelight at a soccer stadium packed with screaming pop fans. But Sweden’s glitzy extravaganza to choose a Eurovision finalist this weekend was outshone by the charisma of a 48-year-old who signed the songs for deaf people – and became a viral sensation.

Tommy Krångh’s exuberant rendition of one of the entries has been viewed more than 5m times on Facebook and YouTube. Social media exploded with demands to “Send Tommy to Vienna!” for the Eurovision finals.

“My world has been turned upside down,” Krångh said. “I am thrilled and happy; there has been so much love from the internet.”

Interpreting Sweden’s Eurovision final took five weeks of intense preparation, he said.

“I am always all in. I want to give the whole experience of the music. I have to give my whole body. When I get on the stage the music is pumping and I lose myself. I don’t know what’s happening. I am totally lost in the moment – but somehow I still know what exactly I am doing.”