2016: Returning Eurovision Songwriters – Part Five

Part 5

So we come to the fifth and final part of returning writers. You will have seen names from all over Europe (and not just Sweden). You will have seen writers that are back for the second year in a row, and writers that have been runners-up.

We start this instalment with the return of Croatia. Andreas Grass and Nikola Paryla are Austrian, but have been recruited by HRT to write a song for them after a two-year absence from the show. Messrs Paryla and Grass were last seen in 2013, when they co-wrote the song for their home country. Natália Kelly sang ‘Shine’ (an original song title if ever there was one) in Malmö, so they should at least be familiar with Swedish ways. In case you’ve forgotten, here is Natália singing the Austrian song from 2013.


Next we move all Nordic to a singer-songwriter. In 2012, Iceland sent the duet sung by Jón Jósep ‘Jónsi’ Snæbjörnsson and Gréta Salóme Stefánsdóttir. Jónsi had been there before, and it was Great Salóme’s first time. She had written – all by herself – the song that became known as ‘Never forget’. This time she’s back again with her self-penned song ‘Raddirnar’ that became ‘Hear them calling’. She’s bound to bump into Mary S Applegate, who co-wrote ‘Party for everybody’ in 2012 and herself is back this year too. Here’s Greta Salóme with Jónsi


Journeying south to the Mediterranean’s happiest rock we come to another old hand at Eurovision. Ira Losco finished second in Tallinn in 2002 with ‘Seventh wonder’. Her song this year, eventually announced as ‘Walk on water’ is written by five people, including the paring of Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren. They’ve done this sort of thing before. Back in 2005 these two Swedes co-wrote the song ‘Las Vegas’ for Martin Stenmark, which you can see below. That song didn’t do that well by Swedish standards, but helped Martin’s career in the music industry.


Last, but certainly not least, we come to Wayne Hector. First, he has a songwriting pedigree as long as your arm, having written for the likes of One Direction, Jess Glynne, The Wanted and Olly Murs, to name but a few. His previous foray into Eurovision songwriting came in 2012 (there’s a theme here) when he co-wrote ‘Standing still’ for the German entrant Roman Lob. This sing itself had Jamie Cullum as another co-writer, so it’s fair to say that Wayne mixes in circles of note. He’s back this year writing for Ireland’s very own Nicky Byrne. ‘Sunlight’ definitely has the backing of some big names, so it will be interesting to see whether Wayne’s success with some massive names can be repeated in Stockholm. You will have heard ‘Sunlight’ many times now, no here’s a reminder of 2012.


And there we are. Many writers back. Success potentially awaits a small number. But do you think any of them have a chance? Will a newby come along and beat them all? What are your favourites? How do you think Wayne Hector and Nicky Byrne will do?


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Author: John Stanton


Source: Eurovision Ireland

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