They’re the Swedish superstar songwriting team who won Eurovision 2015 with “Heroes”.
And this year Joy Deb and Linnea Deb teamed up with Saara Aalto to create fan favourite “Monsters”.
But despite winning UMK 2018, the duo won’t be in Lisbon to see Saara sing “Monsters” on stage. That’s because budget-conscious YLE doesn’t have the money to pay their way.
Linnea Deb let her feelings off her chest in an interview with Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet:
“Imagine a film festival without the director or scriptwriter in place!”
She says it’s a “skewed” move by the broadcaster, considering Eurovision is a song contest.
“It was important to have us in Finland for UMK but now we’ve been thrown out. It’s so boring that authors have zero weight in a contest based on our work.”
UMK Producer Anssi Autio regrets that there’s “no way” for YLE to send the songwriters to Lisbon:
“I want to emphasize that we would very much like to have them there. Songwriters should definitely be there more than managers or promoters. But this is a collaboration with Warner Music Finland and Saara’s team, so we have to take into account who’s included in our delegation.”
It seems the decision may have been out of YLE’s hands. Autio adds:
“We’re already paying for so many people and it’s not entirely up to YLE who’s included in the delegation.”
LINNEA DEB AND JOY DEB RULE OUT WORKING WITH FINLAND IN THE FUTURE
Though the duo are best known for their work on Melodifestivalen, the Debs have submitted songs for other selections.
Unfortunately in the future, UMK won’t be one of them.
“No, we’re not going to work with YLE again,” Linnea confirms to Aftonbladet.
As well as Eurovision, the Debs have also written for international artists, including Fifth Harmony and JoJo.
UPDATE: Broadcaster YLE has now confirmed the Debs will be in Lisbon with Saara.
— Yle Eurovision (@yleeurovision) April 17, 2018