If something ain’t working, you probably should try something else. If the rumour mill is anything to go by, then the BBC has taken that phrase to heart at Eurovision.
After finishing below 15th place in 10 of the last 12 Eurovisions (including three last place nightmares), the BBC is rumoured to have reached out to Sweden’s Queen of Schlager Linda Bengtzing.
According to Goteborgsposten, the BBC contacted Bengtzing to gauge her interest in representing the UK next year while she was working the stage at London’s Eurofest earlier this month. Bengtzing, a four-time Melodifestivalen finalist who previously told the Swedish press that she would consider singing for Croatia, was understandably ecstatic. “I will get the response from them soon. It would be unbelievably cool even if I had to sing in English,” she told the local newspaper. Supposedly.
Just to make sure that this was all true, we decided to check out Linda’s very own Facebook page to see if she had revealed any secret info. She hasn’t. But we did find a whole series of interesting photos, including the egg sandwiches and rucola below. The lady likes to eat!
It’s important to remember that Bengtzing’s entire career, including her 5 Melodifestivalen appearances, is built on Swedish language songs. Has the UK found something in Bengtzing that Sweden has repeatedly failed to see when overlooking her for ESC? Or is this just Swedish tabloid non-sense? Does Bengtzing deserve the chance to represent the UK?