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tightrope781,091 posts since 29 Dec 2005
UTV Newsline
So a quick Twitter search and he wrote the UK song as well, though we're perfectly capable of failing by ourselves without rival acts sabotaging things by infiltrating the selection process with weak songs.

In fairness he is British. He moved to Sweden when he was 6. He is primarily a songwriter, having only emerged as a performer in Melfest last year. The UK Song is clearly inferior to his Melfest winner but I think it’s still a mighty good song.
BillyH1,309 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
The odds right now are rather fascinating. Normally there's one clear winner that gets seen as the favourite that towers over the rest of the list by miles, sometimes going on to win (Loreen, Mans, Netta etc) other times losing momentum nearer the contest and allowing an underdog to succeed (Sergey/Jamala, Francesco/Salvador). Then you have the occasional year like 2011/2014 where no one has any idea and the final results are completely different to what anyone thought even days before the contest.

This time, there's three entries - Netherlands, Russia and Sweden - that are almost neck and neck at the top. Netherlands just about the current leader for now. Russia and Sweden have been up there before the songs were even announced - Russia because Sergey's having another go after coming so close in 2016, and Sweden because Sweden, both songs now out and matching the high expectations.

Amsterdam/Rotterdam (or anywhere)/Stockholm/Gothenburg/Moscow/St Petersburg 2020?
Member since 26 May 2001
Gary McEwan3,384 posts since 23 May 2011
STV Central Reporting Scotland
The odds right now are rather fascinating. Normally there's one clear winner that gets seen as the favourite that towers over the rest of the list by miles, sometimes going on to win (Loreen, Mans, Netta etc) other times losing momentum nearer the contest and allowing an underdog to succeed (Sergey/Jamala, Francesco/Salvador). Then you have the occasional year like 2011/2014 where no one has any idea and the final results are completely different to what anyone thought even days before the contest.

This time, there's three entries - Netherlands, Russia and Sweden - that are almost neck and neck at the top. Netherlands just about the current leader for now. Russia and Sweden have been up there before the songs were even announced - Russia because Sergey's having another go after coming so close in 2016, and Sweden because Sweden, both songs now out and matching the high expectations.

Amsterdam/Rotterdam (or anywhere)/Stockholm/Gothenburg/Moscow/St Petersburg 2020?


The Netherlands and Sweden are easy enough to get too, Russia not so much. Russia must think they stand a good chance of winning if they're sending Sergey again.
JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I believe this is a first where somebody is competing as an artist for one country and a songwriter for another.

Bjorkman wanted another win before he retired - presumably a) to match Ireland's record and b) to have one last hurrah producing the following year's show. I believe that he may get his last hurrah.

On that note: if it comes to pass, should Petra be given a third go or should SDF (as herself) be given a shot?
BM11886 posts since 2 Jun 2017
London London
It only be Amsterdam if the Netherlands win.
I really don't want Russia to win because then the UK will quite possibly withdraw and once we withdraw once will the BBC be as interested in returning.