Of the 43 songs competing at Eurovision 2016, twelve of them were written, co-written or produced by Swedes — that’s over a quarter. Will any of them finish on top and who stands the best chance?
Azerbaijan: Samra with “Miracle”
(Amir Aly, Jakob “Jakke” Erixson, Henrik Wikström)
For the eighth year in a row, Azerbaijan sends a song written by Swedes. Originally penned for Molly Pettersson-Hammar as a potential Melodifestivalen entry, “Miracle” ended up making its way to Samra.
Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was a Crime”
(Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Joacim Bo Persson, Poli Genova)
Poli Genova returns to the contest with a team of Bulgarian and Swedish composers, hoping to avenge her early exit in 2011 via the hip-pop anthem “If Love Was a Crime”.
Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego”
(Minus One, Thomas G:son)
The boys of Minus One wrote their feisty rock entry with help from Swedish Eurovision veteran Thomas G:Sson. This is the second time a Swede has been involved in a Cypriot entry, the last time being with Ivi Adamou in 2012. She earned 12 points from Sweden that year.
Czech Republic: Gabriela Guncikova with “I Stand”
(Christian Schneider, Sara Biglert, Aidan O’Connor)
A Swedish-Irish team with Eurovision experience composed “I Stand” for the Czech Republic. Rumour has it the state broadcaster had already decided on another act, but after hearing “I Stand” it ditched them in favour of the fierce Gabriela Gincikova, whose voice suits the dark power-ballad rather well.
Georgia: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz with “Midnight Gold”
(Kote Kalandadze, Thomas G:son)
After Georgia received questionable reviews on their experimental indie-rock entry “Midnight Gold,” the broadcaster called in Thomas G:Son to give the song a revamp — adding a booming EDM climax to the previously monotonous track.
Lithuania: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”
(Jonas Thander, Beatrice Robertsson)
Donny had been working closely with multiple Swedish producers on his album, and ended up selecting the synth-pop number “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” as his Eurovision entry.
Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk On Water”
(Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Molly Pettersson Hammar, Ira Losco)
In another Scandinavian production, Molly Pettersson-Hammar once again manages to sneak her way into Eurovision 2016 — this time as a co-writer of Ira Losco’s gospel flavoured drum and bass anthem “Walk on Water”.
Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars”
(Gabriel Alares, Sebastian Lestapier, Ellen Berg, Leonid Gutkin)
Lidia Isac represents her country with “Falling Stars” — a dance track written by the same Swedish/Russian team that pushed Polina Gagarina into second place for Russia last year.
(Agnete Johnsen, Gabriel Alares, Ian Curnow)
In addition to his entry in Moldova, Swede Gabriel Alares co-wrote Agnete’s icy R&B ballad “Icebreaker” along with Ian Curnow and Agnete herself.
Russia: Sergey Lazarev “You Are The Only One”
(Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard, Ralph Charlie)
This year Russia employed many familiar faces to produce Sergey Lazarev’s colossal “You Are The Only One” — including Gothenburg-based John Ballard, who nearly scored Azerbaijan their second win back in 2013.
Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry”
(Oscar Fogelström, Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson, Frans Jeppsson-Wall)
Sweden — unsurprisingly — joins the list. As we recently found out, the Scandinavian nation has a tendency to write songs for their European counterparts, only to end up having them stealing their own thunder. Can they fight off mega competition from their own citizens, or will they end up feeling sorry for themselves?
United Kingdom: Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone”
(Schwartz Justin J., Benson S. Kanes)
The UK opted for Swedish producers in 2011, 2012 and 2014. “You’re Not Alone” marks the first year that Europe’s “most important music industry” sends a song written and produced entirely by Swedes.
Poll: Best Swedish composed song
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