Two-time winners

With her victory in Liverpool, Loreen became only the second person – and the first woman – to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice as a lead artist.

The other person to have achieved the feat is, of course, Johnny Logan, who has the distinction of also having one twice as a writer: for Hold Me Now and Linda Martin’s Why Me. Like Logan, Loreen was a credited writer only on her second winning song.

But Loreen wasn’t the only person to achieve a second win this year. Two of the other writers of Tattoo were also writers of Euphoria: the prolific Thomas G:son, who has had 15 songs at Eurovision for 7 different countries (plus a 16th/8th if you include France’s 2020 entry), and Peter Boström, whose previous achievement involving Euphoria was having written the songs that came both first and last in the 2012 final. (Ironically, that last placed song, Norway’s Stay, is his only Eurovision song not co-written with G:son.)

They join a select group of writers with multiple Eurovision victories:

  • Willy van Hemert (Netherlands 1957 and 1959)
  • Yves Dessca (Monaco 1971, Luxembourg 1972 – notable for winning with different countries, in successive years, and having a 100% success rate with his only two Eurovision entries)
  • Rolf Løvland (Norway 1985 and 1995 – and as artist for the latter as a member of Secret Garden)
  • Johnny Logan (Ireland 1987 and 1992)
  • Brendan J. Graham (Ireland 1994 and 1996)
  • Thomas G:son (Sweden 2012 and 2023)
  • Peter Boström (Sweden 2012 and 2023)

No writer has yet had three wins – if anyone for that list is going to achieve another, it’s G:son or Boström.

We should also note that a number of backing singers have been involved with winning songs, some more than twice. They are:

Finally there are a handful of conductors. Back in the days of the orchestra, many conductors were regular fixtures for their countries and could also conduct for another country when Eurovision was on home soil. Consequently, three conductors have held the baton for multiple Eurovision winners: Dolf van der Linden (Netherlands 1957 and 1959 and Ireland 1970); Franck Pourcel (France 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1969); and the most prolific of all Eurovision conductors, Noel Kelehan (Ireland 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993 and 1996).

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