When the annuly Norwegian Christmas tour Stille Natt Hellige Natt kicks off on the 27th of November it will be with three former Eurovision Song Contest participants involved, two of them winners. Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak will bring the Norwegian into the right spirit.
As tradition goes, Swedish schlager fans usually have a summer highlight to look forward to, when the annual Diggiloo summer tour comes to town during the course of July and August. Lasse Holm has been the compere for the event for the last ten years, but according to Swedish media has now decided to step down as of next year.
Elisabeth Andreassen or Bettan as she is known to her fans first sang her way into the hearts of many Norwegians back in 1985 as one half of Bobbysocks. Since then, she has gone on to become one of the most popular artists in Norway. The cabaret show Showgirls gave Andreassen even more success, playing a string of packed performances.
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.
Stockholm has Allsång På Skansen and Gothenburg has Lotta På Liseberg. In Sweden they like sing a long programmes and all through the summer plenty of well known names will join Lotta Engberg in the amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg.
On Saturday it's time for the fourth and last Swedish semi final. It will be a battle between several of Sweden's most well known and loved artists. Read the article to get to know the artists of the fourth semi final.
For the third consecutive year, former winner Alexander Rybak has released a new album, with his productivity showing no signs of stagnating. His newest offering, Visa vid Vindens Ängar is entirely in Swedish and shows a marked maturity in the young artist's musical style.
Following Stella Mwangi's impressive victory on Saturday, reactions to her perfomance in the press have been mixed, to put it mildly. According to many her vocal prestation left a lot to be desired, whereas others are eager to point out that African rhythms have no place in representing Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest.