On this new series of weekly posts, we remind you of the winners of the past decade! Can you believe it that another Eurovision decade has passed? The 10 songs that got the gold for their countries will be presented in random order!
In this decade we saw, of course, ten winners. From that number Sweden won two times. Azerbaijan and Portugal won for their first time and Germany and Austria for second time. The Netherlands won for the fifth time after 44 years! Moreover, Ukraine, Denmark and Israel mark their 2nd, 3rd and 4th win respectively.
Sweden in ESC
Sweden debuted at the contest in 1958 with the song “Lilla stjärna” by Alice Babs. Her entry finished 4th with 10 points.
From 1958, until today Sweden has participated in a total of fifty-nine times, missing the contest three times – 1964, 1970, 1976. From the 59 contest, the country has missed the finals only one time, in 2010. Its entry “This Is My Life” by Anna Bergendahl finished 11th and missing the qualification for 5 points. The country has won six times in 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and 2015.
It has achieved the Top-10 forty-one times, six times the 1st, one time the 2nd place and six times the 3rd. It has also placed one time 6th, two times in 4th and 9th place, four times 7th and 8th, five times 10th and ten times in the 5th place. Its worst result in the final is the last place, two times, one of which with no points at all (1963), whilst in the semis, it has finished 11th with 62 points in 2010.
Sweden in 2015
In 2015, the contest was held in Vienna, Austria, after its last year’s win. Sweden chose its representative for the contest through its national final, Melodifestivalen. The winner of the national final was Måns Zelmerlöw. His song “Heroes” impressed the Swedes and international juries of Melodifestivalen, especially for its graphics.
The song was composed by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad. The song came first in the semi with 217 points and on the night of the final achieved again the first place with 365 points.
Måns was born on 13th June 1986, in Lund, Sweden. His full name is Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw. he became famous in his country, through his participation at the music show Idol, in 2005, where he finished fifth. The same year, he competed at the Swedish dance show Let’s Dance, where he won. In 2007, he competed for the first time in the Swedish national final with the song “Cara Mia”. He managed to qualify for the final and finished third. He competed again in 2009, with the song “Hope and Glory”, finishing 4th. In 2015, he competed again with “Heroes”, this time not only won the national final but also Eurovision. Except for singer and songwriter, he is also a TV presenter. He has been the host of a variety of programs, more notably Melodifesticalen 2010, Eurovision 2016 and Eurovision: You Decide (2018-2019).
Throughout his musical career, he has released a total of 8 studio albums and 21 singles. His most recent work is his album Time, which was released on 18 October 2019.
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