Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest - 1975

Thanks to ABBA's victory the preceding year, Sweden hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1975. Their entry was chosen in Melodifestivalen 1975 which was held at the SVT TV Studios in Gothenburg on February 15th, hosted by Karin Falck. The winning song was chosen by the votes of 11 regional juries. Lasse Berghagen won with the song Jennie, Jennie, which he had written and composed himself.


01. Jennie, Jennie - Lasse Berghagen, 117 points
02. Sången lär ha vingar - Gimmicks, 93 points
03. Bang en boomerang - Svenne & Lotta, 84 points
04. Som min vän - Göran Fristorp, 59 points
05. Michelangelo (Men så svara då) - Björn Skifs, 55 points
06. Lady Antoinette - Hadar Kronberg with Glenmarks, 48 points
07. Den gamla jukeboxen - Landslaget, 47 points
08. Rockin' 'n' Reelin' - Ted Gärdestad, 47 points
09. Skall vi plocka körsbär i min trädgård - Ann-Christine Bärnsten, 30 points
10. Oh, Juicy - Nils-Åke Runesson, 25 points

At the ESC in Stockholm, Berghagen performed 18th, and sung the song in English. This year, the current voting system was for the first time in use. He did not receive any 12's, but finished 8th (out of 19) with 72 points.


Lars "Lasse" Nils Berghagen (born May 13 1945 in Enskede, Stockholm) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and actor.

Lasse is a well known singer-songwriter in Sweden. He released his first record in 1965, aged just 19. Four years later, in 1969, he released the single Teddybjörnen Fredriksson, which has become a classic. Other hits include Sträck ut din hand, En kväll i juni and Stockholm i mitt hjärta.

Berghagen won the Swedish 1975 Melodifestivalen with the song Jennie, Jennie. At the ESC in Stockholm he came 8th. He also participated in Melodifestivalen 1974 with the song Min kärlekssång till dig, taking second place (after ABBA).

He hosted the popular summer TV show Allsång på Skansen (Singalong at Skansen) from 1994 to 2003. During his time as host the show increased its ratings from 600,000 to 2,000,000 viewers, which by Swedish standards is considered an impressive rating.

He was married to singer Barbro "Lill-Babs" Svensson from 1965 to 1968. He is the father of actress and TV personality Malin Berghagen, and the father-in-law of Tommy Nilsson.

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