Exclusive: The Claes Andreasson interview

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Claes Andreasson and Torbjörn Wassenius are a well established song writing duo from Gothenburg, sweden. They have come close to winning a ticket to the Eurovision Song Contet in Sweden and Norway already, and they feature prominently in the Swedish avalanche of songs competing around Europe this year with songs in the Spanish and Polish national selection programmes. Yesterday evening, esctoday.com spoke to Claes about this year's entries, his history with Eurovision and why Swedes are so popular amongst the national selections.

Destiny was announced last night as one of theten finalists in Spain, and Love is in the air competes in Poland, being sung by fellow swede, Erlandsson Mikael. In adition, Torbjörn has the song Questa notte competing in Latvia. Yesterday evening, esctoday.com spoke to Claes about this year's entries, his history with Eurovision and why Swedes are so popular amongst the national selections.

The team were behind Myrra Malmberg's 3rd placed Melodifestivalen entry, Julia, in 1998. In 2004, they wrote This is where you got it fromfor Arlene Wilkes and finished second. A year later, they wrote I am rock'n roll for Jorun Erdal but were again runners up, this time to Norway's best known rock'n rollers, Wig Wam but only 11,000 votes separated the two songs in the final vote. Last year, the team wrote Here for the show for Trine Rein and Lost and found for Jorun Endal and Geir Ronning which came 4th.

With yet another Swedish songwriting team finding consistent success outside their host nation, we took the opportunity to get their own opinion on why Swedish composers are such hot property across the continent. we also asked about the songs, and discussed the what would happen if Destiny was selected in Spain, but to be performed by a band such as Nash and whether the song would still work, having been written for a soloist.

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