Now I am going to tell you a little bit of a TV-phenomenon that is huge in Europe.
What I will tell you about is the annual Eurovision Song Contest!
ESC has turned totally trendy the last 10 years, or so! It has always been big, but now it is HOT! Everybody, more or less, takes an interest in this singing competition that is broadcasted throughout Europe!
The European Song Contest started in 1956. And it only seems to get bigger and bigger every year.
And now when we have so many “new” nations in Europe as well, all of them want to participate in the contest. However, only 14 countries are ready for the finale right now. The other 29 countries have to compete in a semi-final on May, 10, and I think about ten of those countries will go further to the big finale!!!
This year the big finale will take place in Helsinki! Last year Finland won for the first time!!! Hurray for Finland! I am so happy that they won.
So, yes, the winning country is always hosting the following year’s finale of the ESC!
Sweden has won the ESC four times. You can check all the winning songs out here!
The first time Sweden won was back in 1974. I was 8 years old and so very interested in the contest! Do you know what song it was? And do you know what group was made world famous thru that song? That is RIGHT!!! It was ABBA’s big break!!! After Waterloo nothing was the same!!
I so remember that night when they won in Brighton, England!!! It was the biggest thing ever! After that ABBA became my biggest idols!! And not only mine. Make it the whole country’s idols! or heck, make it the whole world! ABBA won and they conquered the world: they were here to stay.
I think ABBA is the ESC biggest success story! Hands down!
Enjoy the video here:
Then, fast forward to 1984!
A brand new Swedish group won the ESC this year, in Luxemburg. It was the Herrey Brothers with their song “Diggolo Diggiley”. I was 18 and not so impressed by the group, And I still don't like it all that much. No, the Herrey Brother’s never turned into an ABBA story. You can watch the video here:
The third time Sweden won was in 1991! In Rome, Italy.
The artist was Carola. Carola is one of the biggest and most famous singers in Sweden! She is huge!
I am NOT a fan of her. At all! But, again, I can admit that she had a catchy song.
Watch it here:
The fourth time you could see Sweden win was in 1999! In Jerusalem, Israel.
The artist was Charlotte Nilsson. Charlotte has since then changed her last name to Perreli after she got married.
I really did like this song, “Take Me To Your Heaven”.
You can watch her here:
I don’t think any American TV-company will broadcast this. Or, maybe I am wrong. I think I’ll have to re-search this a bit.
These are the winners from last year…Lordi, from Finland, singing “Hard rock Hallelujah”…
And this year Sweden is represented by the group, The Ark.
We’ll just have to see how it all goes in Helsinki on May, 12!
Do you think Sweden stands a chance with this song? Sung by The Ark?
Keep on Rocking! Yeah, keep on Rocking!!! Have a good Tuesday!