- Cooper Olsen
Eurovision 2021 Sweden profile: 'Voices' by Tusse
Sweden in Eurovision
Sweden debuted in Eurovision back in 1958 and have won six times, with ABBA and 'Waterloo' in 1974, Herrys with 'Diggi-Loo Diggi-ley' in 1984, Carola with 'Fångad av en stormvind' in 1991, Charlotte Nilsson with 'Take Me to Your Heaven' in 1999, Loreen with 'Euphoria' in 2012 and most recently with Måns Zelmerlöw and 'Heroes'
They have 25 top five results in their history at the contest with 11 of them being in the 21st century.
Sweden have become the Eurovision powerhouse having competed on 59 occasions and only failing to qualify once in 2010 and coming last on two occasions in 1963 and 1977. During the 2010s, Sweden finished top ten eight times an have hosted twice in both 2013 and 2016.
2021 Entry: Tusse- 'Voices’
Semi-final: Tusse will compete in semi-final 1 in 4th position in the running order
My Eurovision Scoreboard fan ranking: 14th out of 39 entries
Odds to win ranking: 7th out of 39 entries
Odds to qualify ranking: 2nd out of 16 entries
(rankings as of 28 April 2021)
About the artist
Tousin Michael Chiza better known as Tusse was born in 2002 in Congo-Kinshasa. Tusse migrated to Sweden alone at the age of 13 as a refugee and lived with a family in the village of Kullsbjörken where he has since resided.
Tusse competed in the Swedish version of Got Talent, Talang in 2018 where he made all the way to the semi-finals being eliminated just shy of the final. He returned to Swedish screens in 2019 on Swedish Idol where he performed Conchita's winning Eurovision song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' and received high praises from Christer Björkman, the long time producer of the Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen. Tusse ultimately won the show and became a household name in Sweden.
Tusse debuted at the long running Melodifestivalen national final in 2021. His song 'Voices' won the right to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest beating out previous Eurovision alumni, The Mamas, Eric Saade, Charlotte Perrelli, and Jessica Andersson.
About the song
'Voices' was written and produced by Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt and Anderz Wrethov. Members of this team also worked on other Eurovision entries such as Robin Stjernberg's 2013 entry 'You' and Måns Zelmerlöw's winning song 'Heroes'. Tusse explains that "Voices has a message of unity" and describing song as a true Swedish pop anthem.
The song won Melodifestivalen 2021 winning the Jury vote as well as receiving all 12 points from the public giving Tusse a 57 point lead over runner-up Eric Saade. The song has gone on to reach number one of the Swedish charts directly after the national final and already has been certified Platinum by the Swedish Recording Industry Association.
Aussievision podcast Sweden episode
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