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Eurovision Legends

Emil Löfström

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 warm and lighthearted conversation about their Eurovision adventures and careers. How did the songs originate, what happened behind the scenes, who ought to have won the contest and what did the song demos sound like? This and much more in this award-nominated podcast that goes out globally over the internet and on British broadcast radio.

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John Ballard
12-01-2022
John Ballard
He has finished top ten four times out of five attempts in Eurovision, but never for his home country nor for the country where he has lived for over 40 years. Who is John Ballard? The legendary lyricist behind such songs as "Hold Me" and "You're the Only One"?In this first episode we find out why he moved from his native Scotland to the west coast of Sweden, and how he became a household name there with several participations in Melodifestivalen. We of course get to listen to these songs, as well as a version that John hasn't even heard himself, in addition to several attempts that were not selected to compete.We also talk extensively about, and get to listen to several rare demos from, his long and successful career as a producer and songwriter. He was the guy who discovered one of the biggest bands ever, Ace of Base, and he also is the man behind other groups such as Yaki-da and Bubbles. However, despite all of this success he never again was invited to Melodifestivalen, and he sternly denies any involvement in the Melodifestivalen entry "Nattens änglar" by Jonas Berggren from Ace of Base!?This is the first of two episodes, where we look at John's rise to fame from a pub musician in Scotland to a very successful producer in Sweden and all over the world, and in the second episode we will take a look at his adventures in Eurovision.Legend: John BallardSongs: Hold Me (Azerbaijan 2013), Shine (Russia, 2014) You're The Only One (Russia 2016), This Is Love (Greece 2017) & My Lucky Day (Moldova 2018)Host: Emil LöfströmContact: emil@schlagervannerna.seInstagram Facebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Alon Amir Part II
01-12-2021
Alon Amir Part II
We continue to listen to the fascinating adventures of Alon Amir in the world of Eurovision, starting in a bed together with Anne-Marie David.Our first stop is Moscow in 2009 with two political artists and a political song which he pressured the jury to get selected. He hated the city but the vodka consumption increased by each day, and with this the pranks within the delegation.Then we have the suicide mission to Baku, where Alon was surprised not to return home in a coffin, and the time when he seriously considered burning or shredding the artist's dress.He had adventures with the rather special Hovi Star all over Europe with a song that they had to pretend to like, we get the explanation to the beef with Douwe Bob, the nasty story of why Russian customs destroyed Hovi's passport, and his drunkenly honest opinion about Sergey Lazarev's birthday cake.Alon has countless stories about being on various juries around Europe, such as in which country he had to endure 40 rubbish songs in a row and when he fought hard for a song that wouldn't end up in the contest until three year's later. He also tells us about being approached by other countries with suggestions of foul play.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.seInstagram Facebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Alon Amir
24-11-2021
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.seInstagram Facebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sandra Reemer
10-11-2021
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.seInstagram Facebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Petri Laaksonen part II
03-11-2021
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.seInstagram Facebookhttp//www.eurovisionlegends.se Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.