Sunday, 3 June 2012

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest - 1966

Melodifestivalen 1966 (known as the Svensk sångfinal) was the selection for the eighth song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. 898 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV but was not broadcast on radio. The Swedish Final was held on January 29th in Stockholm, hosted by Sven Lindahl. The winner was chosen by the votes of 11 regional juries. The winning song, Nygammal vals, was performed by Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson. It was written by Bengt-Arne Wallin and Björn Lindroth.


01. Nygammal vals - Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson, 26 points
02. Monte Carlo - Carli Tornehave, 19 points
03. Vinterrosor - Gunnar Wiklund, 14 points
04. En ballad om för längesen - Ann-Louise Hanson, 9 points
05. Var finns du? - Gunilla af Malmborg, 8 points
05. Härliga Söndag - Carli Tornehave, 8 points
07. Hej systrar, hej bröder - Svante Thuresson, 6 points
08. En röd vals - Gunwer Bergquist, 5 points
09. Vårens vindar - Gunwer Bergquist, 4 points
10. Vad har jag kvar - Gunnar Wiklund, 0 points


Lillemor "Lill" Lindfors (born May 12 1940 in Helsinki) is a Swedish singer who is very successful in Scandinavia. She debuted as a revue actress in Uddevalla in 1960 and the following year as a recording artist. In the most recent decades, Lill Lindfors has been known in Scandinavia for her "one-woman shows" in which she mixes music with a lot of comedy. She was one of the first artists who sang samba in Sweden, and she was also one of the first Swedish performers who did stand-up comedy in her shows.

She was married in 1969 to director Peter Wester, with whom she has one child. The couple divorced in 1973. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was the presenter of the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was most famous for suffering a wardrobe malfunction live, during the contest, after passing through a part of the elaborate set. She later admitted it was a gag, but that it had not been rehearsed beforehand. According to author John Kennedy O'Connor's book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the EBU was not pleased with this stunt. It remains one of the most iconic moments in the contest's history. She also performed Musik skall byggas utav glädje (My Joy Is Building Bricks of Music) as the contest's major opener.

She has starred in several Swedish TV-shows which have been awarded in Montreaux.

In 1998, she became Sweden's Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF.

Lill Lindfors released a new single in 2006, Ditt Vackra Leende.

Svante Thuresson (born February 7 1937 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish jazz music musician and singer. He started his career as a drummer, before joining the band Gals and Pals in 1963.

In 2002, he released Nya kickar, which rose the classic/jazz charts in Sweden. In 2007, Svante Thuresson and Anne-Lie Rydé performed at Melodifestivalen 2007 as a duo for the opportunity to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. They did not reach the final of Melodifestivalen.

In 1966 Savante Thuresson and Lill Lindfors represented Sweden at the ESC in Luxemburg with the song Nygammal Vals. Much thanks to Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden took their best placement so far  with 16 points and a 2nd place.

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