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John Lundvik: what if there will be two swedes in the final - it has never happened before

When John Lundvik won the Eurovision song contest on 9 march hovered a square screen with the lights like a spaceship over his head. But the reality on the Expo Tel Aviv's main stage proved to be a completely different, and the performance has got to be made on a range of issues.

Zain Odestål responsible for the adaptation of the number to the larger scene soon discovered that there was something to hang up the big screen in:

"We had to find another solution and had to build up a completely new light, and from it we have created a number other than the audience got to see in Sweden," says Lotta Furebäck.

And the team that has made ”Too late for love” from a Melodifestivalvinnare to something that should be able to take home the Eurovision Song Contest is, to say the least distinguished.

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have lit all the songs in the Eurovision song contest since 2002 has seen to it so that the appearance will be much brighter, Robin Hofwander, which produced the images from the Eurovision song contest is responsible for ensuring that the images are so good they possibly can, David Nordstrom, who did Måns Zelmerlöws stick figures, hand on the large ljusväggen behind the five on the stage and Dennis Bröchner, who has worked with After Dark, has honed the clothes.

All to give the number even more energy and heart rate right from the start.

– It is very much new in the number and it is required to lift the final percentage. We give extra everything and have given the number a shorter take-off distance. Now we also have a phenomenal light show with both ljusgolv and moving ljusdörrar behind us that gives a huge impact and our position is also a little bit different. And The Mamas are no longer just a slutraket, " says John Lundvik.

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light – Loulou Lamotte, Ashley Haynes, Paris Renita and Dinah Yonas Manna. And now glitters it not only on their votes but also on their clothes when they enter the number in the past than in the Swedish final.

" We wanted to get the choir to be more visible. Now they do it, it becomes a bit more Eurovision and it should feel warm and inviting, a little more radiant, " says Zain Odestål who was behind Benjamin ingrosso's fluorescent lighting and Robin's conveyor belt.

not when John Lundvik and The Mamas take the stage:

– this song feels very authentic, and John shall not have any gimmick. He can just stand and sing and smile a little bit, so it becomes magical, " says Zain Odestål.

And that is exactly what John Lundvik does when he gets to hear Zain Odeståls comment:

– Wow! Better score than that, you can't get. I stand in a t-shirt and singing straight upside down, it is what I do. No knick-knacks, " he says.

" I don't think it will feel different than a Mellofinal. You can't imagine what is there behind the camera. My job must be to do what I can in front of the camera. But when we sit in the greenroom afterwards and get points, then it will be quite turbulent in both heart and soul and train of thought. For you never know what will happen, " says John Lundvik.

John Lundvik makes it sound easy. Despite the huge device that Eurovision is. For him it is three minutes of complete focus on the stage.

" I'll check and do what I can, along with The Mamas. It is really just to sing the song and have fun. Just it has become our strength and what has made that we are actually here. What I hear from people is ”you look so happy – and we will be happy”. We are going to continue with, then you can't think about all the sitting and watching.

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on Saturday, may John Lundvik joined by another american, Victor Crone from Åkersberga representing Estonia and who went on from his semifinal on Tuesday.

" It is great that the Victor is in the final, he is a wonderful guy and we have been very here in Tel Aviv. His song is a EDM song (electronic dance music) which is very popular in Europe right now. Think it'll be two swedes in the final, it has never happened before.

the Eurovision song contest describes John Lundvik as a glädjeorkan and preparation before the Tel Aviv has seen the rehearsals before the Diggilooturnén in the summer. Where he got to meet two previous winners of the Eurovision song contest Lasse Holm and Jessica Andersson.

– The advice I got was that they could not give any advice. And I think that is good. The song we won with a flotilla of all the chosen and also Swedish voice. It gives me security.

repetitions and re-rehearsals. Sometimes on the big stage at the Expo Tel Aviv, but usually on the hotel's terrace. And it has been very intense:

– this is weeks, I believe that many people had failed. Up seven in the morning and talk with people up to nine and then it's rehearsals, parties where you are supposed to represent Sweden each evening where there are interviews, photo shoots and tv-channels from all over Europe. And you should be happy and on their toes and be yourself.

And on the last day when you are most tired, then you should be on the top.

in Tel Aviv is John Lundviks partner Jotta Martidou. Together they have two children, Naomi, 4, and Michael, 2.

" Ha Ha! Yes, it is clear that it will, but we have had little else to think about.

" Naomi is still stuck in the Heirs. But I and Casper Janebrink makes the Diggilooturnén together so we have enough time to sort it out there, " says John Lundvik and laughing.

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