When Måns Zelmerlöw won with “Heroes” in Vienna, Sweden happily clocked up its sixth Eurovision victory. But for Melodifestival and Eurovision boss Christer Björkman, this isn’t enough. As he recently told Swedish Radio, he has his eyes set on another victory: equalling Ireland’s tally of most wins.
A guest on P4 Sommar, Björkman talked about the experience of his second Swedish Eurovision win and how he doesn’t mind losing his summer to working on plans for Eurovision 2016.
But his big goal is for Sweden to achieve another win at Eurovision. Sweden is only one victory off equalling Ireland’s record of seven wins and – importantly – it’s been almost 20 years since Ireland’s last one. In those two decades Sweden have won three times, so in many ways a seventh win for Sweden would give them an overall more impressive Eurovision history than Ireland.
This echoes Björkman’s comments to Eurovision.TV in Vienna: “We are this close to tying with Ireland, and since the latest one counts more than the latter ones, we would be number one if we get another one. So that is definitely a goal.”
With Sweden’s recent track record at Eurovision, it seems a seventh win isn’t at all an impossible dream. So is the determination of Sweden the motivation that Ireland needs to start taking Eurovision seriously and go for an eighth victory?