Thursday, 28 June 2012

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest - 1982


The Swedish Final was held on February 27th at the Liseberghallen in Gothenburg, hosted by Fredrik Belfrage. The 10 songs were reduced to 5 finalists, which were then voted on by 9 juries that were formed according to the ages of its members.

The winning song, Dag Efter Dag, was written by by Lasse Holm and Monica Forsberg.

Results:

01. Dag Efter Dag - Chips, 64 points
02. Någonting har hänt - Lena Ericsson, 39 points
03. Hey-hi-ho - Liza Öhman, 33 points
04. Hallå hela pressen - Chattanooga, 28 points
05. Kärleken lever - Ann-Louise Hansson, 25 points

other participants:

Hand i hand med dig - Little Gerhard and Yvonne Olsson
Då kommer min ängel - Charlie Hilson
Här har du din morgondag - Annika Rydell and Lars Westman
Fender 62 - Shanes
Dags att börja om igen - Maria Wickman

At the ESC in Harrogate Sweden came 8th with 67 points.

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Chips was a Swedish country and pop group, formed in 1979 by Kikki Danielsson and Lasse Holm, and split in 1983.

Chips finished 4th in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1980 with the song Mycke' mycke' mer, with Lars Westman, Lisa Magnusson, Mats Rådberg and Monica Silverstrand as background singers. After Melodifestivalen 1980, Britta "Tanja" Johansson also became a member. In 1980, the album, Chips was released and short after this, Elisabeth Andreassen became a member. Just some weeks after this, they toured the former West Germany. In Düsseldorf the TV-show Show-Express became a great success for them.

Under the new name Sweets 'n Chips, which they used since a dansband also said they owned the right for the name Chips, the group competed at the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1981, and finished second with the song "God morgon". A little bit later the group was reduced to two members. Lasse Holm stayed as songwriter, but leftt all the singing for Elisabeth and Kikki.

With only Elisabeth and Kikki on stage, Chips won the Swedish Melodifestivalen 1982, with Elisabeth Andreassen and Kikki Danielsson singing the song Dag efter dag. They represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 in Harrogate in the United Kingdom, there they finished 8th.

After the 1982 Swedish Melodifestivalen success, the album Having a Party was released, and sold around 100 000 copies in Sweden. They toured the northern parts of Europe and had a successful 1982. However, the group was split in 1983. This because they didn't get more success outside Sweden and Norway, and also because both Elisabeth and Kikki had their solo careers.

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