Whether or not the oddsmakers’ favorite Sweden achieves victory tomorrow night in Baku, Swedes have already achieved a historic milestone in this year’s contest. Of the 42 entries for 2012, a full 10 of them have Swedish composers or lyricists behind their songs. And even more proof that Sweden has its finger on the pulse of modern music tastes, EVERY one of those ten has qualified for the finals! Currently Sweden, Italy, the UK, Spain, Ireland and Norway are all considered leading contenders for the top ten, and ALL six of them are on the “Swedish-built” list.
Here, in order of when the song will be performed Saturday, are the ten entries and their writing teams (Swedish writers highlighted in RED).
1. United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck – Love will set your free (Martin Terefe, Sacha Skarbek)
8. Cyprus: Ivi Adamou – La la love (Alex Papaconstantinou, Björn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka, Viktor Svensson)
10. Italy: Nina Zilli – L’amore è femmina (Nina Zilli, Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander , Charlie Mason)
11. Norway: Tooji – Stay (Tooji, Peter Boström, Figge Boström)
13. Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva – When the music dies (Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund)
16. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou – Aphrodisiac (Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf)
17. Sweden: Loreen – Euphoria (Thomas G:son and Peter Boström)
19. Spain: Pastora Soler – Quédate conmigo (Thomas G:son, Tony Sanchez-Ohlsson, Erik Bernholm)
21. Malta: Kurt Calleja – This is the night (Kurt Calleja, Johan Jämtberg, Michael Gunnerås)
23. Ireland: Jedward – Waterline (Nick Jarl, Sharon Vaughn)