Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision Song Contest 2012

There are few televised events that seem to attract as much attention in Sweden as the Eurovision Song Contest. Ever since ABBA won the contest with the song “Waterloo” in 1974, Swedes seem to have become addicted to watching the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish enthusiasm is in sharp contrast to Britain where people seem to take the contest less seriously every year.

One should not underestimate the political intricacies that are sometimes involved in the Eurovision Song Contest. The voting patterns of various countries tell us a lot of the current state of affairs in Europe. It is clearly a significant advantage to have many neighbouring countries if you want to maximize your votes.

Few realize that Swedes have been involved in more ways than with just the Swedish song contribution “Euphoria” sung by Loreen. Swedish composers have actually written songs for several other countries, including Ireland, Italy, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Spain. When you listen to Engelbert Humperdinck’s song you should not be surprised to learn that the Swedish composer Martin Terefe has written the lyrics together with Sacha Skarbek. In addition, last year’s winning song “Running Scared” was the result of collaboration between Swedish and UK song writers, namely the Swedish composers Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman as well as the British composer Iain Farquharson.

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