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One More Time

swedish pop scandinavian 90s Eurovision

One More Time is a Swedish pop band. Members are Nanne Grönvall, Peter Grönvall, Maria Rådsten and Thérèse Löf. In 1992 they began their international career with the release of the single and album "Highland," soon after which Therese Löf left the group. The single became an international success, entering the top 10 in the hit charts of more than 10 europeen countries and awarding them "Best Foreign Group" in Belgium. Their debut album went gold in South Africa.

One More Time have participated in two Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selections for the Eurovision Song Contest. At the Melodifestivalen 1995, they entered as composers of the ballad "Det vackraste" (The Most Beautiful Thing), interpreted by Cecilia Vennersten. This carried them to second place. The song was awarded a Grammis for Best Song of 1995. The group later recorded the song in English, named Living In A Dream. At Melodifestivalen 1996 the group composed and performed the etno ballad "Den Vilda" (The Savage), which won the selections and propelled them to third place in Eurovision Song Contest 1996.

The group never dissolved and there are plans of a fifth album. Nanne Grönvall has a successful solo career in Sweden since 1998.

Eurovision Song Contest 1996 - Oslo
Entry for Sweden

Performer: One More Time
Song title: Den Vilda
Song writer(s): Nanne Grönvall
Song composer(s): Peter Grönvall

Sang in Position: 23
Final Position: 3
Total Points: 100

The 1996 Eurovision Song Contest moved to a new destination, after it had been in Ireland for the three preceding years. Norway's capital Oslo had the honour of hosting the contest, it's 41st running, for the first time.

For the 1996 contest, the European Broadcasting Union replaced the relegation system with an audio preselection. This new system was tried out in order to find a more acceptable method of whittling down the large number of potentially participating countries. Apart from the host country of Norway, all other potential participants - 29 countries in total - competed in this audio preselection, in which the national juries solely listened to audio tapes with the recordings of the 29 songs. 22 out of the 29 countries plus the host nation Norway were allowed access into the final on 18th May in Oslo. Germany, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, FYR Macedonia and Romania all failed to qualify. This type of pre-qualifier round was conceived by many broadcasters and the European audience as rather peculiar, because the pre-selection was not broadcast in any way and the full results of the voting were not made public either. With Germany not qualifying - the first time ever Germany couldn't participate - the organisers were also confronted with much less financial means than expected.

However, the Norwegian broadcaster, NRK, tried to modernize the contest this year. For example, virtual reality was used to visualize the voting. In the introduction video postcards, every participant received the best wishes from a government representative. The contest was threatened by a conductor's strike after Norwegian TV-station NRK, wanting to save money, said it would cut out the orchestra conductor's appearance. Luckily, the dispute was settled amicably. The show was hosted by Norwegian popband A-HA front man Morten Harket and Norwegian journalist, Ingvild Bryn. They greeted each country in their national language.

Ireland got its seventh victory with the song The Voice performed by Eimear Quinn. This was the fourth victory for Ireland in just five years. However, the winner was not the biggest commercial success in record sales this year. The United Kingdom's song Just A Little Bit by Australian Gina G, did not go down too well with more conservative juries, who felt her designer coin-clad dress and fast-paced performance was too racy for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song went on to be a big hit in the UK and in the USA, Gina G was nominated for a Grammy as Best Dance Act.


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