The Schlagerboys interview

by Stella Floras 114 views

They live in Birmingham, UK but the want to be Swedish. They love Schlager and are not ashamed to admit it, they have even dedicated their entire blog to it and its representatives from all over Europe. They are the creators of one of the most popular, original and regularly updated Eurovision Song Contest blogs. Meet the Schlagerboys!

Let's start with an overview. You recently celebrated the second anniversary of your blog which has become very popular among fans. How did it all begin? Why did you decide to join the blogosphere?

The Schlagerboys were born on the day of the first Melodifestivalen heat in 2005. Shirley and Alcazar were in it. We wrote an article for Popjustice all about how very exciting it all was and how convinced we were that Alcazar would win it and that Shirley would be in the final too… It was a very disappointing year for us when Martin Stenmarck ended up going to Kyiv. He didn't even have a key change.

You have taken the Eurofan image to another level, with the blog and your cult appearances "on location" at the contest every year. What's Eurovision to you?

Glitter, glamour, frocks, key changes, drama, dance routines. Oh, and songs too.

It has to be schlager and there has to be a key change, right? When were you first diagnosed with this chronic case of acute schlageritis?

When Dame Kirsten Siggaard took to the stage with Hot Eyes in 1984 with Det Lige Det. The memory of her pushing Soren in the swimming pool in the preview video was a seminal moment in one of the Schlagerboys' lives. For the other (who's just that little bit older….) it was the sight of Steven Fischer doing it on all fours with Sally-Anne Triplett in 1982…

Is there any hope of recovery, ever?

Who wants recovery?

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.