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Maybe it's because my son just married a gorgeous Swede. Maybe it's because some of my closest friends (and now family) are Swedish. Maybe it's just cos.
Whatever the reason, there's bonhomie a-plenty down in the Southern hemisphere for all things Swedish. Australia loves their Swedes, and nowhere is this connection more obvious than at the Eurovision Song Contest. When ABBA won in 1974 with Waterloo, Australian audiences sat up and listened. We even forgave them for beating Aussie lass Olivia Newton-John to the top spot that year. Our Livvy was representing Great Britain with Long Live Love in a powder blue ensemble that made her look like a Dolly Varden cake. Sorry Liv - we still love you and always will.
Our love of all things ABBA has been well-documented. Iconic 1970s pop music show Countdown and its mighty leader Molly Meldrum were instrumental in bringing ABBA to the Australian masses and the group has held a place in our hearts ever since. ABBA returned the favor with their Aussie tribute Bang A Boomerang. At least we like to think it was a tribute.
There's something about those Swedes. Tommy Krangh's high voltage sign language performance of Swedish Eurovision hopeful Magnus Carlsson has won him a legion of Australian fans. Loreen's win with Euphoria back in 2012 was hugely popular with the punters down under and was (almost) the catalyst for a certain Australian Eurovision tragic with new family connections in Sweden to head over to Malmo for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. But lack of funds and holiday leave put paid to that dream. Until now...
For this sad old Euro-phile 2015 is going to be the year. Little Jess Mauboy paved the way with her dynamite half-time performance in 2014 and this year it's Australian Idol winner and all-round nice Guy Sebastian. Australians love an underdog, but if Guy doesn't get us over the line there's always Mans Zelmerlow. Sweden! Sweden! Sweden! Oy! Oy! Oy!