The Swedes have won the Eurovision Song Contest for six times now. So Sweden is the second most successful country at the ESC. Beside of the success at Eurovision, a big music industry has developed in Sweden over the years, there are heaps of tone studios and record companies. Many people don’t even know that the daily music they are listening on the radio is made in Sweden. As a consequence there are also many Swedish composers who do also compose songs for the Swedish Melodifestivalen – the Swedish national final. And it does not stop there. The Swedish composers have already crossed the borders and do now compose for other countries.
The funny thing is that there are eight countries having Swedish composers or at least a Swedish co-writer: Moldova, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Belgium, Norway and Georgia plus Sweden of course. It’s great to see that there is a Swedish note in those compositions, it’s a proof that music from Sweden is highly recognized and a potential success might be guaranteed.
The best examples are Thomas G:son, who wrote “Euphoria” for Loreen, but also several other songs in many ESC’s, this year he has been helping out in Cyprus and Georgia. And there is Gabriel Alares, who has been the composer for the Russian entry “A Million Voices” last year (2nd) and he co-wrote the Norwegian song this year “Icebreaker” for Agnete.
For those who like to hear entries with authentic music from the participating countries it might be a disappointment. Many people criticize that everything sounds similar right now. On the other hand it’s obvious that the participating countries try to provide contemporary music which could possibly enter the European charts. Hopefully the time of gimmick songs is over.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!