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Award winning Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden, winners of the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest are back with their first recording since the release of  their 2011 effort, Winter Poem. The brand new album Just The Two Of Us is released nationwide in Norway today, with a wider release expected in the coming months.

Secret Garden - Just The Two Of Us

Secret Garden - Just The Two Of Us © secretgarden.no

Award winning Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden, winners of the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest are back with their first recording since the release of  their 2011 effort, Winter Poem. The brand new album Just The Two Of Us is released nationwide in Norway today, with a wider release expected in the coming months.

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Hanne Krogh releases new concept album

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One of Norway's most popular artists, Hanne Krogh, otherwise known as one half of Bobbysocks is back,
releasing a new concept album, Ikke Gi Deg, Jente! today. Besides her obvious connection to Eurovision, fans will be glad to discover a few other Eurovision suprises, too.

Didrik, Bettan and Alexander join forces to fans' delight

Bettan/Rybak/Didrik © VG

With three widely diverse performers such as Bettan, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen on stage, something for practically every taste is almost guaranteed. The three artists combine their styles and talent to bring concertgoers a unique experience in July.

Hanne Krogh with summer dates together with Tre Tenorer

Hanne Krogh {copyright : John Erling Blad}

One time winner and former Norwegian Eurovision entrant Hanne Krogh appears to have a busy summer ahead, with performances pencilled in every evening from the 4th through to the 7th of July in the southern Norwegian town of Larvik.

Olsen Brothers flying high with Eurovision cover versions

Olsen Brothers - Wings Of Eurovision
 
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It is ten years ago Denmark won the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. The Olsen Brothers are celebrating that with a brand new album with Eurovision cover versions. On some songs they are true to the original while they on others comes up with a brand new arrangement. It works very well and we are asking for a volume 2.

Video: Bobbysocks - La' det Swinge

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At last night's welcome reception Norway's 1985 Eurovision Song Contest winners Bobbysocks made their appearance. They sang their winning song La' Det Swinge which you can see in this video.

1985

1985 Logo ©  EBU
Basic information
Date: 
4 May 1985
Venue: 
Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
Broadcaster: 
SVT
Presenter(s): 
Lill Lindfors
About the contest: 

The 1985 contest is widely regarded as not only one of the best of the eighties, but one of the best ever. Swedish broadcaster SVT gave viewers a good show with a very competent presenter, while the competing countries sent songs of an overall high quality.

Presenter Lill Lindfors provided one of the funniest and memorable moments in the contest. As she walked on to the set for the voting, her skirt appeared to catch on something, and she was left without it. How fortunate then that she was wearing a top that could fold down into a dress.

Norway surprised many by winning the contest for the first time. Attired in sparkly purple outfits, the two ladies of Bobbysocks, Elisabeth Andreasson and Hanne Krogh, bounced their way to a victory that was celebrated madly back home. Both Elisabeth and Hanne had been in the contest before. Many others also came back for more; Al Bano and Romina Power, Gary Lux, Kikki Danielsson (who had been part of Swedish act Chips in 1982), Hot Eyes, Mariella Farré, Izhar Cohen and Irene Sheer all tried again. Wind and MFO would be seen again before the decade was out.

The Netherlands withdrew from the contest as it clashed with their Remembrance commemorations. Greece returned to leave the number of participants at nineteen as it had been the year before.

The scoring system remained unchanged. Juries awarded points from 1-8, then 10 and finally 12.  

About the songs: 
Maria ChristianMaria Christian Ireland - Maria Christian - Wait Until the Weekend Comes (English)

Music/Lyrics: Brendan Graham/Brendan Graham

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

The contest was opened by a below par Irish ballad. Maria’s performance was a bit on the sickly side.

 Sonja LummeSonja Lumme Finland - Sonja Lumme - Eläköön Elämä (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Petri Laaksonen/Veli-Pekka Lehto

Conductor: Ossi Runne

Finland is capable of sending a song which is capable of sounding good only to natives. Not this time!! Eläköön Elämä is one of their best entries, a powerful, almost rock song, which Sonja delivered very well.

 Lia VishyLia Vishy Cyprus - Lia Vishy - To Katalava Arga (Greek)

Music/Lyrics: Lia Vishy/Lia Vishy

Conductor: Haris Andreadis

Lia (sister of Anna - Greece 1980 and Cyprus 1982), looked very vulnerable as she sung, sometimes with a wobble, this nice, soothing ballad.

 Hot EyesHot Eyes Denmark - Hot Eyes - Sku' Du Spør Fra No'n (Danish)

Music/Lyrics: Soren Bundgard/Keld Heick

Conductor: Wolfgang Käfer

Kirsten and Soren, who had represented their country the year before, came back for more and this time, they had a secret weapon, or at least they thought they did; an ever so slightly annoying child. Not content with joining in with the song, the child (boy or girl, who knows? Who cares?!) got dressed into adult clothes while the others did their bits.

 Paloma San BasilioPaloma San Basilio Spain - Paloma San Basilio - La Fiesta Terminó (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Juan Carlos Calderón/ Juan Carlos Calderón

Conductor: Juan Carlos Calderón

Classic elegance was the order of the day for Paloma. La Fiesta Terminó shows how good Spanish songs can be when they really try. This is how big ballads should sound.

 Roger BensRoger Bens France - Roger Bens - Femme Dans Ses Rêves Aussi (French)

Music/Lyrics: Didier Pascalis/Didier Pascalis

Conductor: Michel Bernholc

The most memorable thing about this song is the fantastic string arrangement. It dominates the whole song, lifting it out of the realms of the ordinary into something that should have been placed in the top five.

 MFÖMFÖ Turkey - MFÖ - Di Dai Di Dai Dai (a'sik Oldum) (Turkish)

Music/Lyrics: Mazhar, Fauat, Özkan/ Mazhar, Fauat, Özkan

Conductor: Garo Mafyan

MFO were three chaps who clearly enjoyed their three minutes on stage. They gave a cheery performance of a cheery song. You might not vote for it, but it will make you smile. 

 Linda LepommeLinda Lepomme Belgium - Linda Lepomme - Laat Me Nu Gaan (Flemish)

Music/Lyrics: Pieter Verlinden/Bert Vivier

Conductor: Curt-Eric Holmquist

Linda can count herself unlucky to have finished last with this sincere ballad for which she gave a sincere, professional performance.

 AdelaïdeAdelaïde Portugal - Adelaïde - Penso Em Ti, Eu Sei (Portuguese)

Music/Lyrics: Tozé Brizo/Adelaïde Ferreria, Luis Fernando

Conductor: José Calvário

If ever Portugal deserved a place in the top five, this was it. The powerful and emotional ballad seemed to take its toll on Adelaïde. She ended her performance of one knee with her head bowed and took time to stand up again. Eigtheenth? The juries must have been listening to a different song!

 WindWind Germany - Wind - Für Alle (German)

Music/Lyrics: Hanne Haller/Hanne Haller

Conductor: Rainer Pietsch

This song is more highly regarded than it deserves. The ‘peace for all’ theme was starting to become boringly predictable in the German entries, a description which can also be applied to Für Alle.

 Izhar Cohen 1985Izhar Cohen 1985 Israel - Izhar Cohen - Olé Olé (Hebrew)

Music/Lyrics: Kobi Oshrat/Hamutal Ben Ze’ev

Conductor: Kobi Oshrat

Izhar won the contest in 1979 and went for the double with a song which is almost guaranteed to fill dance floors and sounds as good today as it did then. It’s full of bounce and zip.

 Al Bano and Romina Power 1985Al Bano and Romina Power 1985 Italy - Al Bano and Romina Power - Magic, Oh Magic (Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Dario Farina, Michael Hofmann/Christiano Minellono

Conductor: Fio Zanotti

Italy’s favourite husband and wife team came back for a second attempt nine years after their first, with a slightly cheesy cabaret number. That said, it’s given a lift by the quality of Al’s voice, and when you look as good as Romina, you can get away with anything.

 BobbysocksBobbysocks Norway - Bobbysocks - La Det Swinge (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Rolf Lövland/Rolf Lövland

Conductor: Terje Fjaern

The country which had unfairly become famous for not scoring found itself at the top of the scoreboard for the first time. It’s a bouncy, catchy, clap-along which was given an appropriately lively performance by Elisabeth Andreasson and Hanne Krogh, both experienced song contest performers.

 VikkiVikki United Kingdom - Vikki - Love Is (English)

Music/Lyrics: Vikki Watson/James Kaleth

Conductor: John Coleman

Chosen from a high quality ‘A Song For Europe’ competition, it might have been expected for Love Is to do well. So it proved for the contemporary pop song.

 Mariella Farré and Pino GaspariniMariella Farré and Pino Gasparini Switzerland - Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini - Piano, Piano (German)

Music/Lyrics: Anita Kerr/Trudi Muller-Bosshard

Conductor: Anita Kerr

Having sang solo two years earlier, Mariella was joined by the splendidly moustached Pino for this fairly unmemorable song.

 Kikki DanielssonKikki Danielsson Sweden - Kikki Danielsson - Bra Vibrationer (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Lasse Holm/Ingela ‘Pling’ Forsman

Conductor: Curt-Eric Holmquist

Kikki wisely moved only a little, leaving her two dancers to perform the acrobatics. Her song spoke for itself, an up-tempo, foot tapping and wonderful slice of Schlager. The title also allowed Lill Lindfors to make a saucy joke about the English translation of the title.  

 Gary LuxGary Lux Austria - Gary Lux - Kinder Dieser Welt (German)

Music/Lyrics: Mick Jackson, Geoff Bastow/Michael Kunze

Conductor: Richard Österreicher

Singing the first of two successive songs in the 1985 contest about children, Gary appeared for the first time as a solo artist. His song is not quite an anthem, but moves along freely.

 Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris RobertsMargo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris Roberts Luxembourg - Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris Roberts - Children, Kinder, Enfants (French)

Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/Bernd Meinunger, Jean-Michel Beriat

Conductor: Norbert Daum

An array of singers from almost as many countries as were in the contest joined forces for Luxembourg to sing what is almost a series of duets. It should have been messy, but it actually worked reasonably well.

 Takis BiniarisTakis Biniaris Greece - Takis Biniaris - Miazoume (Greek)

Music/Lyrics: Takis Biniaris/Maro Bizani

Conductor: Haris Andreadis

The contest ended with a very gentle song. Takis' performance was rightly understated and respectful of his own composition.

Allsång på Skansen program includes many MF and Eurovision Song Contest acts

Allsång på Skansen ©  SVT

As usual several participants from Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest are to found as guests in one of Sweden’s most popular TV programs. The 2009 season of Allsång på Skansen, which is also the 30th year anniversary, includes four Eurovision Song Contest participants, two of them winners and many Melodifestivalen acts.

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