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Sweden’s top twins: The unforgettable Marcus & Martinus

28 March 2024 at 08:15 CET
Marcus & Martinus are representing Sweden at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Jonathan Perlmann
Norwegian twins Marcus & Martinus are heading to Eurovision 2024 to represent their neighbour Sweden with their bop ‘Unforgettable’. Can Sweden get a double win?
Marcus & Martinus perform at the Melodifestivalen final SVT / Stina Stjernkvist

Marcus & Martinus are already familiar faces in Scandinavia, so they got a warm welcome at Melodifestivalen, where Sweden choose their Eurovision representative every year. The identical twins were up against tough competition, but their dance-pop song Unforgettable snatched them the win. Once they’d been announced as the winners, they performed their hit again whilst walking / singing / dancing through the arena towards the stage. Very impressive multitasking.

The pair won Norway’s Junior MGP when they were just 9 years old, and spent the following years hearing their songs in the charts. In 2024, they managed to sell out shows in every Nordic country on their We Are Not The Same Part 1 tour. Now, they’re defending Sweden’s Eurovision crown after Loreen won in 2023.

When it comes to composers and producers, Marcus & Martinus have a top team for Unforgettable, with some serious claims to Swedish fame. The twins have been involved in the writing themselves, but they’ve also got the magic of Joy Deb and Linnea Deb, who worked with Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015 on his winning song Heroes. Joining them is Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt, who was part of reigning champion Loreen’s Tattoo team in 2023. As if that’s not enough to impress us, Jimmy has also worked with One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga, and the whole team have written songs for other countries in Eurovision.

Marcus & Martinus are representing Sweden at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Jonathan Perlmann

Unsurprisingly, Marcus & Martinus’ least favourite question to be asked is, who is who? They laid out some of their differences: Marcus’ favourite cheese is halloumi, while Martinus’ is a Norwegian cheese called brunost, which means “brown cheese”. Marcus spends a lot of time on TikTok, whereas Martinus can be found watching YouTube. If they’re playing Mario Kart, Marcus will play Mario, while Martinus plays Princess Peach. That clears all that up.

But the pair do agree on one thing. If there were to be a movie of their life, Tom Holland would play both of them. We know the Spiderman star can lip sync after an impressive Rihanna rendition, but can he sing? Over to you, Tom…

Marcus & Martinus have got strong Eurovision memories from their childhood and teenage years. They love Swedish Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes, so they’ll certainly be pleased to have one of Måns’ songwriting team on their own track. And going back to their Norwegian roots, they’ll never forget Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale, after he won in 2009. Excuse us while we grab our air violins.

When it comes to music, Marcus & Martinus love laid-back pop with a strong beat like Tyla’s Water, Jung Kook’s Standing Next To You, and Ariana Grande’s Yes, And? If you want to get them on the dancefloor, they can’t resist busting moves to The Way I Are by Timbaland, Keri Hilson, and D.O.E.

When they think about Sweden, Marcus & Martinus think of Melodifestivalen (which they can now say they’ve won), great music (judging by Sweden’s Eurovision record, we know that’s true), and the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović. If there’s one thing we don’t know much about at Eurovision, it’s football. Now, back to the music.

Look out for Marcus & Martinus on upcoming episodes of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

You can learn more about Marcus & Martinus from Sweden right here.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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