After Eurovision’s Greatest Hits debuted in the UK on Friday, it was Sweden’s turn to screen the concert on Saturday. And Sweden being Sweden, they sent their own team of Melodifestivalen boss Christer Björkman and Melfest star Sarah Dawn Finer to interview the stars of the show. EBU spokesperson Lynda Woodruff was also there to get acquainted with London and provide red carpet coverage of the event. These were the highlights from the show.
Lynda Woodruff’s segments had the theme tune of “Congratulations”, Cliff Richard’s second-placed song from 1968, and she even had a few jokes at his ageless appearance. We wonder if news of the recent events surrounding Cliff hasn’t made it to Sweden yet. Or maybe it has…
There was a slightly awkward moment when Anne-Marie David claimed that “Tu te reconnaîtras” was “the song that got the highest score in voting” and that she’d “never been beaten – even by the new generation.” A strange claim, considering that while her 129 points was the highest ever score in 1973, it has been beaten by almost every winner since. And even if you take the number of countries competing into consideration, the winner is still “Fairytale”, with Alexander Rybak’s mighty 387 points averaging out to 9.2 points per country, compared with Anne-Marie getting only 7.5 points per country in her year. Sarah Dawn and Christer kindly smiled and nodded, though the next segment in the show had Lynda Woodruff reminding Loreen that “you won with a record-breaking 12 points from basically everyone”. So there.
Lynda’s pronunciation skills were still in need of work. She called Conchita “Coconut Waterworst”, 1985 Melfest star Pernilla Wahlgren became “Pernolia Wallgroin” and even after a lesson from Loreen, Lynda still could not get to grips with “Azerbaijan”.
Sarah Dawn and Christer had a chat with Johnny Logan, wondering if he’d ever been asked to represent Ireland in Eurovision. He said he had – multiple times – and wouldn’t do it, but he would consider writing a song.
He praised the staging of “Heroes” (he’d previously met Måns on an episode of Allsång på Skansen) and was impressed by the amount of money that went into the show. He was less impressed with Ireland’s Eurosong, accurately describing it as “a chat show with six songs on it”. But he praised Molly Sterling and “Playing with Numbers” as “a fairly decent artist and a fairly decent song”.
Lynda also rendered the handsome Herreys brothers speechless when, after reminding them of their nicknames as “the singing deodorants” (on account of how bland they were), she noted that they actually left her feeling “not dry when I heard your song”. #DILF
Lynda also asked Dana International for her best tip on being a diva. Dana’s advice: “Don’t eat! Stay hungry all day long!” Don’t listen to her, Lynda! Let Eurovision feed you its love. Perhaps some tasty Belarusian cheesecake, or some fresh baked Russian bread?
Watch the show here on SVT. It’s in Swedish, but there’s a lot of spoken English.