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The second in our series of songs by EUROVISION composers – songs that were not their Eurovision entries.

Today it is HENRIK ABERG who is a Swedish singer (probably unknown outside of Sweden) and his song JENNY OCH JAG.

The song has two composers and both are Euro composers:
LASSE HOLM – he is most known as one of the composers of the 1983 Eurovision song of Sweden – Framling of Carola Haggkvist.
GERT LENGSTRAND – he is most know as one of the composers of the 1999 Eurovision song of Sweden and eventual winner that year – Take me to your heaven of Charlotte Nillson.



It is sad that with the final of the Swedish selection happening this weekend, we learn of the death of Lars “Dille” Diedricson. He was born on the 12th of August 1961 and died on the 6th of March 2017 in Gothenburg. He won the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 as the songwriter for “Take Me to Your Heaven” performed by Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden. Patricia Lewis covered it in South Africa and it went double platinum. Lars was so impressed with Patricia’s cover that he produced a CD for her in Stockholm in 2000.






Charlotte has been an extremely successful Swedish singer, having won the Swedish selection twice – in 1999 with “Take me to your heaven” and in 2008 with “Hero”. “Take me to your heaven” even went on to won the 1999 Eurovision selection. Now she took part in the 2017 Swedish selection and failed with “Mitt liv”. Why do you think this happened?




This was one of the best Eurovisions in many ways. This was the only time ever I had a direct flight to Eurovision. It was also the shortest flight (every other flight to Eurovision took almost 24 hours with lay overs somewhere) and the only time I could visit without a visa. But I had accommodation problems as the travel agent lied to me. Instead of securing me accommodation close to the venue, I was living in a guest house miles away from the venue. The travel agent said I wanted to stay CLOSE to a bus stop to take me to the venue, but my directive was that I want to stay as close as possible so I could walk there. It took almost an hour travelling by bus to Eurovision every day. Also I was totally away from any official hotels, so I was unable to use their transport and so I had to buy a bus ticket daily. I must say the guest house was out of this world, but totally wrong for me who came to Eurovision and wanted to be close to the venue.

Israel gave me my best accreditation ever – made me HEAD OF DELEGATION of SOUTH AFRICA so for the first and only time, I was allowed backstage to speak to the artists in private. They also produced for me a press card so that I was also able to get a pigeonhole. That year I represented the Portuguese radio station RADIO CIDADE.

Morten had a very special flight to Israel. He was on the same plane with all the artists from the Nordic countries. In the same plane were Selma (Iceland), Van Eijk (Norway), Charlotte (Sweden) and Trine and Michael (Denmark). Finland did not qualify for Jerusalem, so they were not there. Carola Haggkvist was also on the plane.

My flight from Johannesburg landed 3 minutes after the plane with the Nordic delegation. Charlotte Nillson spoke to me while we were waiting to go through customs and asked me what I thought of her song. At that stage there was a big debate about whether to sing in Swedish or English since the change of the language rule. I told Charlotte her song, “Take me to your heaven” would be a winner. More countries did televoting and I just knew for those viewers hearing/seeing the song the first time, this will do well. Patricia Lewis from South Africa covered the song and it sold 100 000 copies for her. She impressed the composers so much that they invited her to Stockholm where they produced a full CD for her.

Ralph Siegel was of course also in Jerusalem with Surpriz and their song Reise nach Jerusalem – kudus’e seyahat – it was exactly 20 years since he had been there with Dschinghis khan.

There were a change in rehearsals – Lithuania was suppose to be last on the first day but due to flying in only the next day (to save money), they swapped with another country which I cannot remember now but think it was Estonia.

Austria had a great promotion – their entry was “Reflection” by Bobby Singer and press people were given a disposable camera to take photo’s of Bobby and the person taking the best photo would win a holiday in some Austrian ski resort.

The biggest shock to me was the Friday before the final when the Jewish SUNDAY started and I was stuck 5 kilometers away from my guest house and no public transport and had to walk the distance home. Luckily it was mainly downhill.

Obviously with no transport to go to the venue from the guest house on the Saturday to watch the final from the press center, I stayed in my bed and watched the final on TV.

The entries I like best are
Sweden – Take me to your heaven – Charlotte
Iceland – All out of luck – Selma
Malta – Believe ‘n peace – Times three
Portugal – Conc tudo comecou – Rui Bandeira

And some horrors as well
Lithuania – Strazdas – Aisle
United Kingdom – Say it again – Precious
Spain – Lydia – No quiero escuchar

Sweden: Charlotte Perrelli confirmed for 2017 Melodifestivalen – according to Aftonbladet newspaper

Charlotte Perrelli {copyright: hqwall.net}
Charlotte Perrelli {copyright: hqwall.net}

The winner of the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden, Charlotte Perrelli (or Charlotte Nilsson as she was known then with Take Me To Your Heaven) will take part in the 2017 Melodifestivalen in Sweden according to the Aftonbladet newspaper in Sweden. Charlotte also participated in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Hero.

18 names were mentioned so far in the Aftonbladet newspaper (although this has be 100% confirmed by SVT). They are –

1. Les Gordons
2. The Fooo Conspiracy
3. Lisa Ajax with Ola Svensson
4. Elisa Lindström
5. Alice Svensson
6. Robin Bengtsson with a song by Robin Stjernberg
7. Ace Wilder
8. Boris René
9. Wiktoria Johansson
10. Mariette Hansson
11. Axel Schylström
12. John Lundvik
13. De vet du
14. Jon Henrik Fjällgren
15. Nano Omar
16. Etzia
17. Anton Hagman
18. Charlotte Perrelli

We will give you official confirmation of all the lucky competitors next week.

You can see Charlotte with her winning song from 1999, Take Me To Your Heaven, below.

Source: Aftonbladet



Hello to our wonderful fan club!

Thank you so much for everyone who voted in our search for our favourite Eurovision song for ROW.  A staggeringly brilliant 55 people voted!!!
We have our 60 songs for round two!
This is going to be tough…
There are now 6 groups of 10 songs each… We have the wonderful (awful) task now of picking just TWO songs from each group.  That’s right… Pick YOUR favourite TWO songs from each of the 6 groups… For round 3, we will then, by the most voted for, reduce our 60 to just 12!!!!
The groups are as follows:
Group A
Séverine – Un banc, un arbre, une rue (Monaco, 1971)
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (United Kingdom, 1981)
Nicole – Ein bißchen Frieden (Germany, 1982)
Charlotte Nilsson – Take Me to Your Heaven (Sweden, 1999)
Helena Paparizou – My Number One (Greece, 2005)
Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine, 2007)
A Friend in London – New Tomorrow (Denmark, 2011)
Ott Lepland – Kuula (Estonia, 2012)
Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me (Finland, 2013)
Il Volo – Grande amore (Italy, 2015) 
Group B

France Gall – Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Luxembourg, 1965)
Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses for Me (United Kingdom, 1976)
Bobbysocks! – La det swinge (Norway, 1985)
Olsen Brothers – Fly on the Wings of Love (Denmark, 2000)
Lisa Andreas – Stronger Every Minute (Cyprus, 2004)
Mihai Trăistariu – Tornero (Romania, 2006)
Lena – Satellite (Germany, 2010)
Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden, 2012)
Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (Ukraine, 2013)
Guy Sebastian – Tonight Again (Australia, 2015) 
Group C
Cliff Richard – Congratulations (United Kingdom, 1968)
Gali Atari and Milk and Honey – Hallelujah (הללויה) (Israel, 1979)
Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now (Ireland, 1987)
Antique – Die for You (Greece, 2001)
Luminiţa Angheland Sistem – Let Me Try (Romania, 2005)
Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland, 2006)
Eric Saade – Popular (Sweden, 2011)
Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (Denmark, 2013)
The Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm (Netherlands, 2014)
Mørland &Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me (Norway, 2015) 
Group D
Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String (United Kingdom, 1967)
Anne-Marie David – Tu te reconnaîtras (Luxembourg, 1973)
Carola Häggkvist – Främling (Sweden, 1983)
Dana International – Diva (דיווה) (Israel, 1998)
Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra – Lane moje (Лане моје) (Serbia and Montenegro, 2004)
Ani Lorak – Shady Lady (Ukraine, 2008)
Yohanna – Is It True? (Iceland, 2009)
Ivi Adamou – La La Love (Cyprus, 2012)
Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love (Norway, 2013)
Loïc Nottet – Rhythm Inside (Belgium, 2015) 
Group E
Domenico Modugno – Nel blu dipinto di blu (Italy, 1958)
ABBA – Waterloo (Sweden, 1974)
Céline Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi (Switzerland, 1988)
Katrina & The Waves – Love Shine a Light (United Kingdom, 1997)
Kate Ryan – Je t’adore (Belgium, 2006)
Euroband – This Is My Life (Iceland, 2008)
Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (Norway, 2009)
Pastora Soler – Quédate conmigo (Spain, 2012)
Conchita Wurst – Rise Like a Phoenix (Austria, 2014)
Elina Born &Stig Rästa – Goodbye to Yesterday (Estonia, 2015) 
Group F
Vicky Leandros – Après toi (Luxembourg, 1972)
Telex – Euro-Vision (Belgium, 1980)
Gina G – Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit (United Kingdom, 1996)
Sertab Erener – Everyway That I Can (Turkey, 2003)
Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine, 2004)
Marija Šerifović – Molitva (Молитва) (Serbia, 2007)
Hera Björk – Je ne sais quoi (Iceland, 2010)
Kati Wolf – What About My Dreams? (Hungary, 2011)
Sanna Nielsen – Undo (Sweden, 2014)
Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes (Sweden, 2015)I’m very glad no one said this would be easy!!!

Please send your nominations to escvotes@gmail.com by

midnight 27 December Central European Time. Good luck..

ROW…. Start voting….. NOW!

Luc Spencer-Gardner


See Domenique sing ‘Take Me To Your Heaven’

Domenique Azzopardi {copyright: PBS/TVM}
Domenique Azzopardi {copyright: PBS/TVM}

Domenique Azzopardi has already had much success at the age of 20 years old. She has participated in the Malta Eurosong on three occasions (2011 I’ll Follow The Sunshine – composed by Ralph Siegel; 2013 Too Little Too Late and in November 2014 Take Me As I Am). She also had much success festival in Italy, Tunisia, Romania and Bulgaria as well as local popular festivals like Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Summer Hit Song Contest that she won in 2014 with Back To …

Domenique is a regular musical guest on the popular Maltese entertainment show, Sibtek. She sings many different styles of songs and hits. She has covered several Eurovision songs including Die For You (Antique – Greece 2001); Birds (Anouk – The Netherlands 2013), and Solayoh (Alyona Lanskaya – Belarus 2013).

Domenique has just performed the 1999 winning Eurovision song for Sweden by Charlotte NilssonTake Me To Your Heaven. She gives a great interpretation of the catchy song. You can see her perform the song below.

Source: www.esccovers.com; PBS