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International superstar competing for Swedish Eurovision spot

Posted 29 November 2010 at 21:30

To be one of the world's top songwriters is not enough for RedOne. Now, he also wants to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
When the remaining half of the artists was presented for next year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest, one act stood out for it's international flavour. But not because of the Swedish girl band Love Generation, who will perform a song that is yet to be revealed. The main attention was drawn to the songwriter.

Composed with Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson

The Swedish composer Nadir Khayat, born in Morocco, has written music as RedOne for artists like Shakira, Akon and Lionel Richie. His most famous hits are Lady Gaga songs such as Just Dance, Pokerface and Bad Romance, and he has also composed several as of yet unpublished songs together with Michael Jackson.
Now, he has taken on a Swedish project with the girl band Love Generation. They will compete with one of his songs in Melodifestivalen 2011.
“He figured that Melodifestivalen was a great idea and pushed on to get this to happen,” the girls told Eurovision.tv today.

Love Generation flirting with Eurovision.tv. Photo: Gustav Dahlander (EBU)

Breaking new ground

In Sweden, RedOne breaks new ground for his layer of songwriters. The country has several internationally successful pop composers who regularly score worldwide hits with artists like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. The team of Anders Bagge, which wrote the song Drip Drop for Azerbaijan in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, is among them.
But until now, these composers have declined requests to compete in Melodifestivalen. The idea has been to rather make it big in USA. Now, RedOne might set a new trend by instead making it big in Europe.

Saade wants to be even more Popular

Another face in next year's Melodifestivalen with a familiar touch to some international observers is Eric Saade. He finished in third position in Melodifestivalen 2010 with the song Manboy, but was the favourite for several fans. The comeback song for young Saade is called Popular, a title to fit his current domestic status.

'N Sync member disqualified

Monday also saw a controversy in Sweden, as the song Don't Stop was disqualified only hours after it was revealed. It transpired that the song was already available on numerous web sites on the Internet. The Swedish rules state that the entries can't be made available public before the contest.
Being written by former 'N Sync member JC Chasez together with Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin, two other Swedish songwriters with a considerable international career, the song was to be performed by Anders Fernette. But the team isn't out of the discussion yet.
“In this specific case we've selected the artist and the composers together, and if they can deliver us a new song as good as this one, they're still welcome to compete,” states Christer Björkman, producer of competition in Melodifestivalen, in a press release.

The full list – here's all the entries in Melodifestivalen

The new entries:
Semi-final 3 – Linköping Sara Lumholdt – Enemy Songwriters: Niclas Lundin, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad Shirley's Angels – I Thought It Was Forever (The group consists of Shirley Clamp, Vera Prada and Jessica Marberger.) Songwriters: Robin Abrahamsson, Alexander Bard, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström Linda Sundblad – Lucky You Songwriters: Linda Sundblad, Johan Bobäck, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström Sebastian Karlsson – No One Else Could Songwriters: Andreas Alfredsson Grube, Sebastian Karlsson Eric Saade – Popular Songwriter: Fredrik Kempe Sara Varga – Spring För Livet Songwriters: Sara Varga och Fredrik Boström The Playtones – The King Songwriters: Fredrik Kempe, Peter Kvint Simon Forsberg – Tid Att Andas Songwriter: Fredrik Kempe Semi-final 4 – Malmö Linda Pritchard – Alive Songwriters: Oscar Görres, Fredrik Kempe Julia Alvgard – Better Or Worse Songwriters: Julia Alvgard, Manne Hjelm, Ola Holstad, Joar Lenz Anders Fernette – Don't Stop (disqualified entry) Songwriters: JC Chasez, Carl Falk, Kristian Lundin Linda Bengtzing – E De Fel På Mig Songwriters: Pontus Assarsson, Thomas G:son, Jörgen Ringqvist, Daniel Barkman Lasse Stefanz – I Surrender Songwriters: Alexander Bard, Ola Håkansson, Tim Norell Nicke Borg – Leaving Home Songwriters: Jojo Borg Larsson, Nicke Borg, Fredrik Thomander och Anders Wikström Melody Club – The Hunter Songwriters: Kristofer Östergren, Erik Stenemo, Jon Axelsson, Nicklas Stenemo – Melody Club Love Generation – [song to be announced] Songwriter: RedOne Previously known entries: Semi-final 1 – Luleå Pernilla Andersson – Desperados Songwriter: Pernilla Andersson Danny – In the Club Songwriters: Figge Boström, Peter Boström, Danny Saucedo Swingfly – Me And My Drum Songwriters: Johan Ramström, Patrik Magnusson, Teron Beal, Swingfly Le Kid – Oh My God Songwriters: Märta Grauers, Anton Malmborg Hård af Segerstad, Felix Persson Jonas Matsson – On My Own Songwriters: Sari Autio Olsson, Peter Autio Rasmus Viberg – Social Butterfly Songwriters: Amir Aly, Henrik Wikström Jenny Silver – Something In Your Eyes Songwriters: Erik Bernholm, Thomas G:son, Henrik Sethsson Dilba – Try Again Songwriters: Niklas Pettersson, Linda Sonnvik Semi-final 2 – Göteborg Anniela – Elektrisk Songwriters: Johan Alkenäs, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Johan Fransson Babsan – Ge Mig En Spanjor Songwriters: Larry Forsberg, Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lennart Wastesson Sanna Nielsen – I'm In Love Songwriters: Irini Michas, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren Christian Walz – Like Suicide Songwriters: Fernando Fuentes, Henrik Janson, Tony Nilsson Loreen – My Heart Is Refusing Me Songwriters: Moh Denebi, Björn Djupström, Loreen The Moniker – Oh My God! Songwriters: Daniel Karlsson Brolle – Seven Days And Seven Nights Songwriters: Brolle Elisabeth Andreassen – Vaken I En Dröm Songwriters: Lars ”Dille” Diedricson, Calle Kindbom, Kristian Wejshag

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