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Interview with JOHN GORDON, songwriter of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 winner - Nov 1, 2010
“I don’t see a problem with foreigners writing for different countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. It shapes and sharpens the competition.“
For a long time The Eurovision Song Contest has been celebrated more for its kitsch entertainment than the quality of the songs themselves, with the winning ‘best song in Europe’ usually failing to make much of a dent on the mainstream charts. But a change is now in the air. Recent winners - most notably Lena Meyer-Landrut’s triumph this year with ‘Satellite’ (No.1 Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland) - have enjoyed huge chart success across Europe, and the success has heightened the competitiveness, seeing nation entrants ever more determined to find a great song to represent them. As such Eurovision is becoming a contest for songwriters.
With song entries for Eurovision 2011 event now being submitted, we speak to the co-writer of ‘Satellite’, John Gordon, about how a Dane co-wrote Germany’s winning entry, the impact the win has had on his career, and his involvement with Switzerland’s hope for 2011.
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