Eurovision Legends



Soon to be legendary: Efendi

Special guest: Tony Cornelissen

Interpreter: Aydan Topchibasheva

Is it true that the song contains a sample from Army of Lovers? How sexy will Efendi be on stage? How was the song created and why is it about the alleged Dutch spy Mata Hari? We will learn all of this and much more when Efendi and her songwriter Tony Cornelissen tells us about the Azerbaijani entry.

Country: Azerbaijan

Song: Mata Hari

Composers: Amy van der Wel, Luuk van Beers, Tony Cornelissen & Josh Earl

Host: Emil Löfström

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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//

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//