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Eurovision Legends

A podcast about Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Legends is the biggest podcast about the Eurovision Song Contest. Emil Löfström invites songwriters, artists and other important people from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest for a complete and lighthea
Latest Episode11/24/2021

Alon Amir

Most of us Eurovision fans dream of one day playing some minor part to contribute to or nestle your way into our beloved contest, be it by submitting songs, doing volunteer work at an event or why not starting your own podcast about the topic?Alon Amir from Israel managed to do this for the first time at the tender age of 17 when his job was to light the candles for the 1995 Israeli entry "Amen", candles that they later weren't allowed to bring to Ireland, but they brought Alon anyway.Through a stunning career at Shlomo Zach's record company, he got to do various tasks related to the Israeli Eurovision entries, and was very much involved in the victory of "Diva" in 1998.Luckily for us, Alon has no scruples of telling us almost everything about what has happened during all his Eurovision trips.Why didn't Dana International wear her expensive Jean-Paul Gaultier bird-suit in 1998 and what about the fall in 1999, why does Alon want the EBU to serve food in the green room, how much mafia money can you really make by being a totally inexperienced head of press for Belarus and was it really dangerous to return to the hotel after the semi-final?Maybe not, but something that was seriously dangerous was to be part of the Israeli delegation in Azerbaijan, a muslim country with an open border to Iran and no guarantees for their personal safety, and Alon tells us about this suicide mission as well.Alon bubbles over with so many interesting stories and new pieces of information at such a rate that it is hard to know which to focus on here, and to avoid a complete mental overload we will save half of this marathon interview for next week.Legend: Alon AmirTitles in Eurovision: Production assistant, Journalist, Assistant to the executive producer, Executive producer, Head of press, Jury member and ManagerHost:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
11/24/2021

Alon Amir

Most of us Eurovision fans dream of one day playing some minor part to contribute to or nestle your way into our beloved contest, be it by submitting songs, doing volunteer work at an event or why not starting your own podcast about the topic?Alon Amir from Israel managed to do this for the first time at the tender age of 17 when his job was to light the candles for the 1995 Israeli entry "Amen", candles that they later weren't allowed to bring to Ireland, but they brought Alon anyway.Through a stunning career at Shlomo Zach's record company, he got to do various tasks related to the Israeli Eurovision entries, and was very much involved in the victory of "Diva" in 1998.Luckily for us, Alon has no scruples of telling us almost everything about what has happened during all his Eurovision trips.Why didn't Dana International wear her expensive Jean-Paul Gaultier bird-suit in 1998 and what about the fall in 1999, why does Alon want the EBU to serve food in the green room, how much mafia money can you really make by being a totally inexperienced head of press for Belarus and was it really dangerous to return to the hotel after the semi-final?Maybe not, but something that was seriously dangerous was to be part of the Israeli delegation in Azerbaijan, a muslim country with an open border to Iran and no guarantees for their personal safety, and Alon tells us about this suicide mission as well.Alon bubbles over with so many interesting stories and new pieces of information at such a rate that it is hard to know which to focus on here, and to avoid a complete mental overload we will save half of this marathon interview for next week.Legend: Alon AmirTitles in Eurovision: Production assistant, Journalist, Assistant to the executive producer, Executive producer, Head of press, Jury member and ManagerHost:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
11/10/2021

Sandra Reemer

Sandra Reemer was one of the dutch great and competed three times in Eurovision during the 1970's. Alas, she is no longer with us so instead we have invited her brother, Frenk Reemer, who has been close to his sister during all the years and is also working on a book about their family.Let's hear the story about the girl who was forced to leave Indonesia at a very young age and who together with Frenk started singing in local events to gather money for the construction of a church in their new dutch hometown.From her first single at the age of twelve, which was a cover of the Italian Eurovision entry from 1961, she went from success to success.Why did she stopped singing solo, how did she meet her longtime duet partner Andres (Dries Holten), why did they split up and was it on good terms?Apart from the time with Andres, she competed an additional two times in Eurovision; what has she told her brother about this? She later established herself as a gay icon as part of the Dutch Divas together with Marga Bult and Maggie MacNeal, but what happened to her career and her mood? Frenk gives us a generous insight into her career and her feelings about it and we get to listen to some never before heard rare gems. Together with Frenk, who himself might become a Eurovision legend in the near future, this episode is in memoriam of a very special Eurovision Legend who left us way too early.Legend: Sandra ReemerExpert on the subject: Frenk ReemerSongs:Als het om de liefde gaat (The Netherlands 1972), The Party's Over (The Netherlands 1976) & Colorado (The Netherlands 1979)Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
11/3/2021

Petri Laaksonen part II

This is the second part of the interview with Petri Laaksonen, in which our hero finally learns that you don't always win every time you take part. After winning on his first two attempts, Petri continued to submit songs to the Finnish pre-selection, so many that he claims that he is the composer with the most songs in the contest throughout history.Now with experience and a network of contacts, he co-operated with artists such as Arja Saijonmaa (who finally sung the wrong song), Ami Aspelund (who perhaps wasn't perfectly suited for the erotic lyrics), Jari Sillanpää (who later got a smash hit with a rejected song about Jean Sibelius), Anneli Saaristo (who won with another song), Anna Eriksson (whose song became a huge fan favourite) and Tommi Soidinmäki, although his interest to sing the songs himself grew and grew.However, it became tougher and tougher to get his songs accepted, not least when the legendary Ossi Runne left the conductor's pulpet to Olli Ahvenlahti, who stopped inviting Petri. (But he did invite himself!)We get to hear all the details; who was a sore loser, which song was inspired by ABBA and which was inspired by Pet Shop Boys and which artist wanted YLE to postpone the contest two weeks in order to better suit her schedule, and we also get to listen to lots of exclusive demos and early drafts, most of which have been painstakingly excavated by Petri himself and have never been heard before.Legend: Petri LaaksonenSongs:Amor Amor (Ami Aspelund, 1988), Oi äiti maa (Anneli Saaristo, 1989), Gabriela (Arja Saijonmaa, 1990), Oot voimani mun (Anna Eriksson, 2000), Kirkas kipinä (Jari Sillanpää, 2009), Seis (Tommi Soidinmäki, 2011) & several other Euroviisut rejects.Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
11/3/2021

Petri Laaksonen part I

The young student Petri Laaksonen was totally inexperienced as a songwriter, but after some encouragement from his teacher he decided to try to take part in the Finnish pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Without any connections in the music business, he found lyricist Veli-Pekka Lehto in the phone book and had him write lyrics to the song he had composed, and to their surprise it was accepted. However, the pre-selected artists weren't too keen on his composition, until established artist Sonja Lumme said that she could sing it. Despite being described in media as containing too many weird Finnish vowels and maybe should have been sung in Swedish instead, the song won comfortably and our young and broke composer got to travel to Gothenburg on his own expenses, and almost had to resort to prostituting himself to finance his adventure.As a fan of the contest, Petri still remembers and tells us everything in detail, both about the participation with "Eläköön elämä" in 1985 and about his second attempt with "Sata salamaa" in 1987, which turned out to be another victory, with an artist who had to be tricked and threatened to return to her singing career. The man who couldn't lose got to travel to Brussels, yet again on his own accord, but a forgotten tape and a stolen item of clothing made sure that neither his trip nor the song turned out exactly as planned.Legend: Petri LaaksonenSongs:Eläköön elämä (Sonja Lumme, Finland 1985) & Sata salamaa (Vicky Rosti, Finland 1987)Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se