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They went into Melodifestivalen 2024 as huge favourites, and they ended up taking the crown and earning the right to represent the home country Sweden in Eurovision on home soil in Malmö Arena.

They are twin sensations Marcus & Martinus with the surname Gunnarsen, who with their entry “Unforgettable” are hoping to emulate Loreen’s success from last year’s contest.

But now it’s time to find out more about the Norwegian duo, so let’s delve in deeper.

Scroll down for 10 Facts about Marcus & Martinus.

10 facts about Marcus & Martinus

1. First all foreign act to represent Sweden in Eurovision

By winning this year’s Melodifestivalen Marcus & Martinus will now be the first fully non-Swedish act to represent Sweden in Eurovision – as they are Norwegians. American Ashley Haynes was a part of the winning Melfest 2020 trio The Mamas, but they didn’t get to represent Sweden in Eurovision as the competition was cancelled.

2. Became child stars at age 10

The now 22-year old twins won MGPjr in Norway in 2012 at the age of 10 with “To dråper vann” (“Two peas in a pod”), so they have been active in the music business more than half of their life span. The song peaked at number eight on the Norwegian singles chart.

3. Biggest hit still holds several records

In 2015 their single “Elektrisk” was released and it is their biggest hit to date. It stayed for 66 weeks in the official Norwegian singles chart, and it was the first song in the Norwegian language to be streamed more than 100 million times on Spotify. Their debut album “Hei”, where “Elektrisk” was included in a later fan special version, also placed well by staying 126 weeks on the album charts.

4. Identical twins – with slight differences

It’s the question they have been asked the most all their life: “How do we recognise one from the other?”. Here is the answer: Marcus is the older brother by 15 minutes and has slightly more curly hair (plus mostly stands to the left in pictures), and Martinus is the younger brother with a small birth mark above his lip. The latter isn’t that visible unless you get quite close!

5. Made an international career as teens

In 2016 – at the age of 14 – they started a big concert tour in seven European countries, selling out arenas in both Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Austria. It was also during that tour, that they made their first interview in English with our very own William Lee Adams in Stockholm during Eurovision that year.

6. Went to Sweden after Covid

When Covid hit, the twins had to halt all their activities like everyone else. And when the restrictions were finally lifted, they wanted to try and break through in Sweden, where they were just as popular as in their home country. They won Masked Singer in 2022 – as the first duo – and then went on to get 2nd place in Melodifestivalen 2023 with “Air”.

7. Won Melfest with same score as Loreen

They returned to Melodifestivalen in 2024 with “Unforgettable”, being heavy favourites from the moment they were rumoured as one of the contestants in the Swedish national final. They fulfilled the expectations, and together with their Eurovision winning songwriting team of Linnea Deb, Joy Deb (both winning in 2015) and Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt (winning in 2023) they won Melodifestivalen convincingly with 177 points. That was the same score as Loreen achieved in 2023, so maybe that’s an omen before Malmö!

8. Opening the Eurovision final

At the delegation meeting in Malmö the host country were drawn randomly to perform as song nr. 1 in the Eurovision final on 11 May. And maybe performing first is another good omen for the brothers, because they performed as song nr. 1 in Melfest heat 5, winning that heat. Plus…. back in 1984, when the Herreys brothers won for Sweden, they also performed as song nr. 1! Let’s see how that plays out in a couple of weeks.

9. They play division football

When they aren’t travelling around touring or doing promo for their music, they play football for their local 3. Division team Mosjøen IL. The team was promoted from 4. to 3. Division in 2022 with especially Marcus playing a pivotal role in that. He scored no less than 18 goals in 22 matches for the team that season.

10. Have both a Swedish and Norwegian Eurovision winner as favourites

In a recent interview with Wiwibloggs we put the twins to the test, where they had to choose between a Swedish and Norwegian Eurovision winning artist in the form of Alexander Rybak from 2009 and Måns Zelmerlöw from 2015. They told us, that Rybak winning with “Fairytale” is their first core memory of Eurovision, but they still also love Måns’ winning entry “Heroes”.

 

Stay tuned to Wiwibloggs for more on Marcus & Martinus, and to find out 10 Facts about more of your favourite artists from Eurovision 2024!

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Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

Daddy Simon, always a pleasure to see you.
Actually, I only seen you once before, explaining the Mike Lee Torres situation… lmao

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

What happened to all the comments?

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

Failure upcoming, these boys can’t meep much votes.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

I can’t be the only one who finds that red-backed photo disturbing . . .

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

I find it cool.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

The Weeknd’s Starboy album cover is literally the same style lol how is it disturbing

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Grossly out of proportion and carnivorous

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

They know they are not among the top favorites. They have expressed worries in swedish media about not doing well when they are competing for Sweden. They have a leagcy to live up to because Sweden most of the time are doing well. So I guess they feel a bit pressure now. But they can only do their best..

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago

In tune with their cheap track: ‘They’re so unlikeable…’

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Have you seen them in interviews?

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Yes and it all seems forced, fake, plastic… I miss someone as genuinely happy and grateful to be there as Sam Ryder was.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Oh I found Sam Ryder quite ungenuine. Might have been the rictus grin

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

He was great to look at. Great hair, nice jumpsuit… Had to mute him tho.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

If you consider that fake and plastic I have seen so many more horrific examples out there. They are nice people in comparison and care about their fans.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Marcus is slightly taller and Martinus has the birth mark

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

ABBA, Carola, and Loreen all won Melodifestivalen having failed to win the previous year. They all then went on to win the Eurovision final. Another omen?

Cviti97
Cviti97
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

No offense, but I hope not.

alfie23
alfie23
1 month ago
Reply to  Cviti97

Seconded.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think it would be a huge compliment to Marcus & Martinus, particularly with this song, to be placed in the same category as ABBA and Loreen.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Perhaps. I think we can agree that Herreys comparisons remain valid, however.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

We can.

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
1 month ago

Sweden sent 3 black acts to Eurovision in a row. So the “first foreign act” line surely must be a joke, right?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Wrong.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

this comes across kinda racist honestly

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

It’s definitely racist and utterly wrong.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Eh, no…

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

I don’t think those black performers were foreign. I’m sure they were native Swedes x

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

Ohmygod Andrew.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

Not everyone in Scandinavia is white. And they are not recent immigrants either.Geeze.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

They are all Swedish nationals, whereas M&M are Norwegians.

Sierri
1 month ago

I absolutely love their Eurovision entry, but I’m mad that they’re 15th in the odds

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

I wonder if they are underrated. But the odds for finishing in the top 10 they sit currently in 9th place. Two different markets. Pretty strange at the same time.

Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Hard to get your head around … I agree

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas

It goes both ways I suppose. For those who don’t like it and for those who like it 😀

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

i like listening to it, it’s the similarity to bops from The Weeknd that makes it easy appealing for me personally

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sierri

Well those odds are not ranking. They are just winning chances. Being 15th in the odds do not mean they will end up 15th, just that they have 15th biggest chance to win. No one really think they will win in a year Sweden is hosting.
There is another odds though with chances to end up top 10 where they do better