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!

 

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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?

Source: Sverigesradio

Photo: SVT

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mary helen cook
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i wood like to see a good band to sing like we did befour why not get a band from the usa to do the song for us as we won with a band from canda why not as there are planty good singes in the usa and if the land of oz is going to sing a song why cant the usa but singing for the uk i wood love to see evanescence sing for us or why not a usa girl brooke hogen hulk hoges wwe wrestling daughter evrrybody nos him and she is a good singer to… Read more »

Tony Power
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Well you can forget these rumours,because hundereds of songwriters and artists have already submitted their enteries and artists have already been shortlisted,so if the BBC are going to another country to invite an artist to do a song from a foreign country, then this is very naughty indeed of the BBC.Artists from the UK were invited to submit songs for the first time in several years for this years contest,and if this is what is going on then,this confirms my suspicions about the BBC and their selection process for Eurovision.The british public have been calling for a return of A… Read more »

dave
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dave

the should send Sam Bailey!

NomenNescio
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NomenNescio

Oh, if she could represent Croatia… Mutual interest! She wants to be at Eurovision and we want, well, the Finals, finally. And possibly a decent place, as well!

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

D: Excellent list. V.V. and Duffy really need this. I’d hate to think they’d say no and run the risk of being trapped in one-hit/one-album wonderdom. And Jess Glynne ought to take advantage, given her rising fortunes in the world of house music.

Zach
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Zach

I hope it happens but if not it is okay. I would like to see Florence and the Machine or Katherine Jenkins

D
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D

Some amazing artists from the UK who could do great and aren’t hugely famous enough to definitely say no (although I hate that that’s a thing):
-Jess Glynne
-Natalia Kills
-Neon Hitch
-fka Twigs
-VV Brown
-The 1975
-Foxes
-CHVRCHES
-Delilah
-Duffy
-Estelle
-Kate Nash
-The Kooks
-La Roux

LEAPerce
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LEAPerce

We need George Ezra, no question about it.

LEAPerce
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LEAPerce

As a British person, I can safely say we’d go mental about that, it would be AWFUL. We have one of the best and most fortuitous music industries in the world, I don’t understand why we don’t send something that represents that, Jade Ewan and Molly are the exceptions. I mean Blue we’re good but hardly stunning.

Eurovision Is Lyfe
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Eurovision Is Lyfe

In my opinion, I don’t think it would be very authentic to have someone from another country represent a country they’re not a native to. I think they should use singers that are native to their country. It just shows respect to your country.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Bad move. Very bad move. I still happen to think that Molly’s 17th-place finish had a lot to do with the fact that she was assigned to sing last; and it has been decades since the last singer won.

Eric
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Eric

They ought to take the highest finishing singer for Britain’s got Talent.

Alex
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Alex

lol it screams fake. probably her team created this story for publicity. BBC would never consider asking artists from other countries to represent the country in UK.

William
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William

I honestly don’t think that the UK needs to search artists abroad, they have the best music industry in Europe! they’re trying new styles each year, and I have the feeling that probably we’ll move to London soon… From Spain xx

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

If this is true (and I don’t think it is), I don’t think it would be a popular choice in the UK, and the BBC would be criticised for not using a British performer. Perhaps a random BBC employee (like a DJ or someone) asked her if she’d consider representing the UK and she took that as being a formal request. It’s all very strange…

Diane
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Diane

I mean *don’t

Diane
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Diane

No, keep using BBC introducing! And if they doesn’t want to keep it this way, use some newly-fresh emerging artist at the UK at the moment..

Donna
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Donna

BBC should go pick undiscovered artists to represent their country next year. I say they send in Melisa Le Rue! That girl has a lot of talent and she would definitely be a perfect candidate for UK to the Eurovision. Try listening to her song “Unite” because that alone has proven that she’s worthy to be sent to the Eurovision.

Alex
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Alex

Well, one of the songwriters for the UK’s entry this year was Swedish. But this would indeed be taking Azerbaijan’s trick of outsourcing production to Sweden to another level.

Guido
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Guido

I’d love to see her at Eurovision, she deserves it!

Anthony Ko
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Ross might be right on this one. Part of me thinks the BBC would continue using their Introducing scheme, even if things didn’t quite work out for Molly this year. Sending Linda Bengtzing probably wouldn’t go down well with the extremely hostile reception of the British public.

David
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David

Would be fun! She is a thousand times better than most singers who has represented the country in the last decade.

Jak
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No!

Move on with BBC Introducing and give us something original like Molly, BBC.

A young, talented British artist with a song of quality, written by famous British musicians…

Petra
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Petra

Linda is not popular at all in Sweden but good luck U.K

DR
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DR

It’s bad enough we’ve had Olivia Newton John, and Katrina with her British Waves, But with Eurovision, counries should choose people from their own countries.

The UK has so many singer songwriters, both famous and asperingm why choose a random swede, whose country, which is a ESC heavyweight, has decided numerous times is not good enough. The UK has the music to win ESC, the BBC just ignores it.

Darren
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Darren

She is a great performer and Im sure she could get the UK a decent result, especially from votes from Scandinavia…but I hate when acts represent a country, without them having any ties to that particular country.
Such as the rumour that Jedward might be representing San Marino, or Conchita representing UK

William Lee Adams
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@Patrick: In 2011, during the final of Melodifestivalen, Croatia was one of the few international juries to give Linda high marks. I can’t remember the exact quote, but she said something like: “Sweden has turned its back on me. Maybe next year I’ll sing for Croatia!”

vvg
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vvg

Nothing special. It would be a shot in the foot, imo. UK should follow the same direction they chose this year with Molly: find young aspiring artist with fresh/contemporary taste in music, good live vocals. Molly’s failure doesn’t mean that Europe hates indie-pop anthems; ESC 2014 just wasn’t a good year for those.

Patrick
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Why the heck should she sing for Croatia?! Are her parents from that country?

Ross
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I sincerely doubt this is true.

Guy Freeman said many times that they were very likely to stick with BBC Introducing as a way of finding new British talent for Eurovision. I would hope they’re sticking to that as I think it worked well (despite our relatively low placing this year).

Speechless
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Speechless

Hahahahaha can’t breathe

D
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D

Some of Linda Bengtzing’s songs are good and she definitely deserved to reach the final this year over some people *coughantoncough*, however, I really dislike it when singers sing for countries they have no connection to. I guess we’ll just wait and see if this is true or not.