Athens 2006: Sweden

by Richard West-Soley 116 views

In cooperation with our partners songfestival.web-log.nl, we present to you a different 2006 Eurovision Song Contest participant each day. Today: Sweden!

Semifinal, spot 20 in the running order
Performer: Carola
Song: Invincible
Lyrics: Thomas G:son, Carola Häggkvist
Music: Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström
Official website: carola.com
Best result: : 1st in 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999
Broadcaster: SVT
Multimedia: video/audio

Sweden and the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden has achieved the strongest record of all the Scandinavian participants in the Eurovision Song Contest, having notched up four wins over the years, one of them the unforgettable Waterloo which, together with its performers ABBA, has become a cliché of the contest, and was one of its biggest commercial hits. Broadcaster SVT has shown its prowess not only as a musical contestant, but also in production, lending its expertise to the teams behind several recent contests.

Sweden stuck with the familiar semifinal tour around Sweden for Melodifesivalen 2006, with four qualifier rounds and a second chance night selecting ten songs for the grand final in the Globen arena, Stockholm.

Carola
Carola had already participated for Sweden twice before winning this year's Melodifestivalen. In 1983, she came third at the contest with Främling, followed by European commercial success with the song in its English and Dutch versions. After a failed comeback at the 1990 Melodifestivalen, Carola stormed back in 1991 with Fångad av en stormvind, which tied for first place in Rome, and was declared winner over France's Amina only on the number of 10 points it received (both countries had received the same number of 12s). At the 2006 Swedish selection she was the hot favourite from the very moment she announced her participation, and although not winning the jury vote, romped home to a third Melodifestivalen victory with overwhelming support in the public televote. She is a stalwart and legend of the Swedish schlager industry.

Invincible
Never gonna run away
I�m not gonna hide
I know just what I feel inside

Nothing�s gonna make a change
Forever with you
I�m always on your side
You�re always on my mind

Invincible � One love supreme
Unbreakable � One land of dreams
Two hearts unite � Insatiable
This love tonight � Invincible

Love is like a miracle
Invading your heart
And when it strikes, it hits you hard

When it�s comin� over you
You won�t let it go
I�m always on your side
You�re always on my mind

Invincible � One love supreme
Unbreakable � One land of dreams
Two hearts unite � Insatiable
This love tonight � Invincible

I�m always on your side
You�re always on my mind

Invincible � One love supreme
Unbreakable � One land of dreams
Two hearts unite � Insatiable
This love tonight � Invincible

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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