Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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Eurovision Song Contest 1959
CountryFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
National selection
Selection processArtist: Internal selection
Song: Säg det med musik: Stora Schlagertävlingen
Selection date(s)29 January 1959
Selected entrant Brita Borg
Selected song"Augustin"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result9th, 4 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄195819591960►

Sweden was in their second Eurovision Song Contest represented by Brita Borg with the song "Augustin". The winning song was elected in the Swedish national final: Melodifestivalen 1959. Eight semi-finals were held on the radio. During the semi-finals, Sveriges Radio decided that the winning song would represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1959. The singer for Cannes had already been selected.

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Before Eurovision

Säg det med musik: Stora Schlagertävlingen

Säg det med musik: Stora Schlagertävlingen (retroactively often referred to as Melodifestivalen 1959) [1] was the national final for the song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1959. It was held on 29 January 1959 and was the first time that this system of picking a song was being used.

Format

Already before the national final, it had been decided that Brita Borg would represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959. However, different artists were chosen to present the songs competing in the broadcast national selection process. Approximately 200 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. Eight semi finals were held during Thore Erling's radio program Säg det med musik. [2] In each semi final, an artist performed two different songs with one of them qualifying for the national final. Östen Warnerbring was the only artist to have competed in two semi finals and hence would go on to present two songs in the national final as well.

Competing entries

There is no information on the songs that did not manage to qualify from the radio semi finals. Live recordings of all eight songs competing in the grand final have survived and the full results of the final could be reconstructed.

ArtistSong (English translation)Songwriters
Britt Damberg "Nya fågelsången" (The New Bird Song)Sam Samson (m), Fritz-Gustaf Sundelöf (l)
Britt-Inger Dreilick"Hösten är vår" (The Autumn Belongs to Us)Gösta Westerberg (m), Fritz-Gustaf Sundelöf (l)
Lily Berglund "Dags igen att vara kära" (Time to Fall in Love Again)Ulf Källqvist (m), Åke Gerhard (l)
Siw Malmkvist "Augustin"Bo Harry Sandin (m), Åke Gerhard (t)
Ulla Christensson"Lyckans soluppgång" (Dawn of Happiness)Dag Lamberth (m), Bengt Haslum (l)
Åke Söhr"En miljon för dina tänkar" (A Million for Your Thoughts)Per-Olof Flodin (m), Åke Gerhard (m & l)
Östen Warnerbring "Kungsgatans blues" (The Blues of King's Street)Axel Flyckt (m), Sven-Gustaf Johnsson (l)
"Någon saknar dig" (Somebody Is Missing You)Britt Lindeborg (m & l)

Final

The final was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV and Sveriges Radio P1 from Cirkus, Stockholm and the presenter was Thore Ehrling. Augustin was chosen by an expert jury.

Final – 29 January 1959
DrawArtistSongPointsPlace
1 Östen Warnerbring "Kungsgatans blues"674
2Ulla Christenson"Lyckans soluppgång"526
3 Lily Berglund "Dags igen att vara kära"792
4Britt-Inger Dreilick"Hösten är vår"526
5Åke Söhr"En miljon för dina tänkar"488
6 Britt Damberg "Nya fågelsången"763
7Östen Warnerbring"Någon saknar dig"565
8 Siw Malmkvist "Augustin"1051

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Brita Borg performed 7th in the running order, following Germany and preceding Switzerland. At the close of voting "Augustin" had received only 4 points, placing Sweden 9th. The Swedish jury awarded its highest mark (4) to Denmark. [3]

Voting

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References

  1. https://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/melodifestivalen-1959/
  2. https://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/melodifestivalen-1959/
  3. ESC History - Sweden 1959
  4. 1 2 "Results of the Final of Cannes 1959". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.