From Magnus to Ronan

by Richard West-Soley 69 views

Jessica Andersson, female half of Sweden's song contest duo Fame in 2003, is to duet on a brand new track with Irish superstar Ronan Keating.

Jessica, who tried to represent Sweden again in 2004 with singing partner Magnus, and again as a soloist this year, is overjoyed at the opportunity to sing with one of her all-time idols. "To perform with an artist I've looked up to for many years is very flattering. And with that international status he has," she explains. "I've had my Boyzone-period when I loved their music. And I always thought Ronan was the real star."

Ronan is not without his own Eurovision experience, having co-hosted the 1997 contest from Dublin, and performed with his then band Boyzone in the interval. And in 2004 he joined with another Swedish participant, Jill Johnson (1998), to record a version of his hit Last thing on my mind.

Love at first… sound
According to Aftonbladet, he searched high and low for a Swedish female artist to record the new track All over again with, until he found Jessica and fell for her instantly as a singing partner. Although they have not met in person yet, they will be together this Sunday to rehearse the song just hours before its public debut at the opening of the European Championships in Gothenburg.

The song will be released digitally across Scandinavia this Autumn.

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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 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