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Eurovision Legends

A podcast about Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Legends is the podcast where Emil Löfström invites songwriters, artists and other important people from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest. How did the songs originate, what happened behind the scenes, w
Latest Episode10/19/2020

Bobbysocks

Habitual loser-country Norway had competed in the Eurovision since 1960, but were more famous for their last places and "nil points" than anything else. That all changed when two extremely lively ladies, who had both competed in the Eurovision before, joined forces and performed the upbeat happy-pill "La de swinge" and won in Gothenburg 1985. In this episode the girls have met up again and we talk and laugh not only about "La de swinge", but also about their numerous other participations in both Eurovision and the national pre-selections of Norway and Sweden, even though Elisabeth cannot quite remember them all, despite having prepared a list! But did you know that it was close that "La de swinge" never happened, since Elisabeth was considered for the Swedish Melodifestivalen that year, or that Norwegian surefire-recipe-for-victory composer Rolf Løvland submitted a song for consideration for Just 4 Fun in 1991? Songs we of course get to listen to in this episode where Emil desperately tries to cover two amazing careers in a limited time.Legends:Bobbysocks (Hanne Krogh & Elisabeth AndreasenSongs:Lykken er (Hanne, Norway 1971)Dag efter dag (Elisabeth as part of Chips, Sweden 1982)La de swinge (Norway 1985)Mitt liv (Hanne as lyricist, Norway 1987)Mrs. Thompson (Hanne as part of Just 4 Fun, Norway 1991)Duett (Elisabeth together with Jan Werner, Norway 1994)I evighet (Elisabeth, Norway 1996)Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
10/19/2020

Bobbysocks

Habitual loser-country Norway had competed in the Eurovision since 1960, but were more famous for their last places and "nil points" than anything else. That all changed when two extremely lively ladies, who had both competed in the Eurovision before, joined forces and performed the upbeat happy-pill "La de swinge" and won in Gothenburg 1985. In this episode the girls have met up again and we talk and laugh not only about "La de swinge", but also about their numerous other participations in both Eurovision and the national pre-selections of Norway and Sweden, even though Elisabeth cannot quite remember them all, despite having prepared a list! But did you know that it was close that "La de swinge" never happened, since Elisabeth was considered for the Swedish Melodifestivalen that year, or that Norwegian surefire-recipe-for-victory composer Rolf Løvland submitted a song for consideration for Just 4 Fun in 1991? Songs we of course get to listen to in this episode where Emil desperately tries to cover two amazing careers in a limited time.Legends:Bobbysocks (Hanne Krogh & Elisabeth AndreasenSongs:Lykken er (Hanne, Norway 1971)Dag efter dag (Elisabeth as part of Chips, Sweden 1982)La de swinge (Norway 1985)Mitt liv (Hanne as lyricist, Norway 1987)Mrs. Thompson (Hanne as part of Just 4 Fun, Norway 1991)Duett (Elisabeth together with Jan Werner, Norway 1994)I evighet (Elisabeth, Norway 1996)Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
9/29/2020

Ralph Siegel 75 years part 2

The greatest composer in the history of Eurovision turns 75 years, which we celebrate by inviting him back to the podcast. Emil and Ralph spoke for an hour five months ago, but this true legend has made so much great music that there is a lot more to listen to and to say. This time we dive a little deeper into the songs that didn't make it to Eurovision, since Ralph has competed lots of times in preselections across Europe, so much that there sometimes has been some envious backlash towards his dominance, not at least in his home country of Germany. Mr. SIegel is, despite his age, still as sharp as ever, and is currently enthusiastically working on a life-long dream, the musical "Zeppelin" which, if all goes to plan, will hit the theatres in 2021. Ralph himself celebrates his birthday by, among other things, releasing a comprehensive CD box with over 200 of his songs, and has generously donated ten of these to the listeners of Eurovision Legends.To have a chance to win one of these you must share this episode publically on your social media using the hashtags #eurovisionlegends and #zeppelindasmusical, and maybe tag a couple of interested friends while you're at it. More information about this in the episode.In this second part we continue from 1998 up until todayLegend:Ralph SiegelSongs:Ballhouse - Can Can, CatCat - Pirates on the Dancefloor, Lou - Happy Birthday Party, German tenors - A Song for our Friends, Kriemhild Siegel - I Believe in you, Waterloo - So a Wonderschönes Leben, Petra Frey - This Night Should Never End, Eleanor Cassar - He, Nicole Süssmilch & Marco Matias - A Miracle of Love, Valentina Monetta - Crisalide, Valentina Monetta - Sensibilita, Classic rebels - Tonight at the Opera, Ruth Portelli - Innocent heart, Lee Bradshaw - Rivers of Silence, Oksana Nesterenko - Mondo blu, Lys Assia - C'etait ma vie, Lys Assia - All in Your Head, Laura Pinski - Under the Sun We Are One, Marks & Stefanet - Join Us in the Rain, Ireen Sheer - Ach lass mich noch einmal, Rex Guildo - Hasta la vista, Peter Alexander - Und sie sehnte sich so mehr nach liebe, Mireille Mathieu - Nur für dich Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
9/29/2020

Ralph Siegel 75 years part 1

The greatest composer in the history of Eurovision turns 75 years, which we celebrate by inviting him back to the podcast. Emil and Ralph spoke for an hour five months ago, but this true legend has made so much great music that there is a lot more to listen to and to say. This time we dive a little deeper into the songs that didn't make it to Eurovision, since Ralph has competed lots of times in preselections across Europe, so much that there sometimes has been some envious backlash towards his dominance, not at least in his home country of Germany. Mr. SIegel is, despite his age, still as sharp as ever, and is currently enthusiastically working on a life-long dream, the musical "Zeppelin" which, if all goes to plan, will hit the theatres in 2021. Ralph himself celebrates his birthday by, among other things, releasing a comprehensive CD box with over 200 of his songs, and has generously donated ten of these to the listeners of Eurovision Legends. To have a chance to win one of these you must share this episode publically on your social media using the hashtags #eurovisionlegends and #zeppelindasmusical, and maybe tag a couple of interested friends while you're at it. More information about this in the episode.In this first of two parts we start from the early beginnings and go up to 1997.Legend:Ralph SiegelSongs: Ireen Sheer - Goodbye Mama, Peggy March - Alles geht vorüber, Michael Holm - Gimmie your love, Gebrüder Blattschuss - Ein Blick sagt mehr als jedes Wort, Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan, Costa Cordalis - Pan, Katja Ebstein - Was hat sie, das ich nicht habe, Karel Gott - Und die Sonne wird wieder scheinen, The Hornettes - Mannequin, Paola - Peter Pan, Marianne Rosenberg - Blue Jeans Kinder, Nicole - Mehr als ein bisschen Frieden, Nicole - Ich hab dich doch lieb, Nicole - Dann küss mich doch, Harmony four - Tingel Tangel Mann, Harmony Four - Wo geht die reise hin, Caro Pukke - Grün grün grün, Heike Schäfer - Die Glocken von Rom, Clowns - Clowns, Dschinghis Khan - Wir gehör'n zusammen, Chris heart - Die Engel sind auch nicht mehr das was sie war'n, Dschinghis Khan - Rom, Dschinghis Khan - Moskau, Dschinghis Khan - The Other Side of Fame, Daliah Lavi - Wir sind gebrannte Kinder, Sandy Derix - Träume tun weh, Maxi & Chris Garden - Frieden für die Teddybären, Tammy Swift - Tanzen gehn, Doras Kiefer - Ich hab angst, Doras Kiefer - Wir sind stark genug, Katy Karney - Leben und leben lassen, Lena Valaitis - Wir sind uns wieder, Mekado - Wir geben ne Party , Mekado - Together in Blue Jeans, Mekado - Chance, Mekado - Teddybears & Roses, Village people - Far way in America, Rex Guildo - Ole Espana, Demo singer - Die Hindenburg, Angela Wiedl & Dalila Cernatescu - Echoes, All about angels - Engel Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se
9/21/2020

Roger Pontare

It is an understatement to say that two time Eurovision participant from Sweden, Roger Pontare, has quite a unique style and a mighty voice to match. His first appearance in Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision was in a duet with veteran Marie Bergman with "Stjärnorna", and we get to listen to the original demo with Daniel Zangger Borch, which convinced Roger to take part. The result in Eurovision was not very impressive and the über-competitive Mr. Pontare even refused to attend the press conference in disappointment, but he has still continued to try to reach Eurovision and succeded again in 2000, with the song that has become synonymous with him, "When Spirits Are Calling My Name". The song is so much "him" that it is even hard to grasp that he wasn't part of the songwriting process with composers Linda Dahl, Peter Dahl and Thomas Holmstrand, but actually was in the studio to record another song and had to be convinced to make a demo for this hit-to-be, a demo which we of course get to listen to. Also, the record company didn't believe in the song, and pre-pressed way too few records by a factor 100. On stage in Globen we remember him for bringing a native american, an inuit, a member of the sapmi population and lots and lots of fire, and was wrongly accused of smoking dope behind the scenes. We also talk about how he stylistically pre-dated the Frozen franchise with about 15 years, and Roger learns that one of his songs has been covered by Bonnie Tyler.Legend: Roger PontareSongs:Stjärnorna (Sweden 1994) & When Spirits Are Calling My Name (Sweden 2000)Host:Emil LöfströmContact:emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagramFacebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se