Thomas G:son

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Thomas G:son in 2013

Thomas Gustafsson (born 25 February 1968) is a Swedish composer and musician from Skövde, Västergötland, Sweden, north-east of Gothenburg. However, he is much more known nationally and internationally simply as Thomas G:son, his artistic name. Since 1998, Thomas has worked full-time as a songwriter for the company G:songs. In addition to writing and composing songs for a living, he plays the guitar in the hard rock band, Masquerade. Thomas G:son is best known for the 67 songs he has written for national finals of eleven different countries for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC): 39 for Sweden, eleven for Spain, six for Norway, four for Finland, four for Denmark, two for Poland, one for Latvia, one for Romania, one for Belgium, one for Georgia and one for Malta. He has also reached the Eurovision Song Contest eight times, three times for Sweden, twice for Spain, once for Norway, once for Georgia and once for Denmark. In 2012, G:son won the Eurovision Song Contest as a composer with the entry "Euphoria" making his first victory in the competition.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Year Country Song Artist Writers Final Points Semi Points
2001  Sweden "Listen to Your Heartbeat" Friends G:son, Henrik Sethsson 5 100 N/A N/A
2006  Sweden "Invincible" Carola G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Carola 5 170 4 214
2007  Norway "Ven a bailar conmigo" Guri Schanke G:son N/A N/A 18 48
2007  Spain "I Love You Mi Vida" D'NASH G:son, Andreas Rickstrand, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Rebeca Pous del Toro 20 43 N/A N/A
2010  Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée & N'evergreen G:son, Henrik Sethsson, Erik Bernholm 4 149 5 101
2012  Spain "Quédate conmigo" Pastora Soler G:son, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Erik Bernholm 10 97 N/A N/A
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen G:son, Peter Boström 1 372 1 181
2013  Georgia "Waterfall" Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili G:son, Erik Bernholm 15 63 10 50

Junior Eurovision Entries[edit]

Year Country Song Artist Writers Place Points
2010  Sweden "Allt jag vill ha" Josefine Ridell G:son, Arash, Robert Uhlmann, Johan Bejerholm 11 48
2014  Sweden "Du är inte ensam" Julia Kedhammar G:son, Kedhammar 13 28

National final entries[edit]

Melodifestivalen entries (Sweden)[edit]

Melodi Grand Prix entries (Norway)[edit]

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix entries (Denmark)[edit]

Euroviisut entries (Finland)[edit]

  • "Who Cares About A Broken Heart?" by Johanna (2002), 5th place
  • "Say You Will, Say You Won't" by Ressu (2002), 4th place
  • "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Kirsi Ranto (2004), 10th place (Semi-final)
  • "Till The End Of Time" by Arja Koriseva (2004), 10th place

Eirodziesma entry (Latvia)[edit]

Selecţia Naţională entry (Romania)[edit]

The girl duo Indiggo which was going to perform the song was disqualified because they didn't turn up in time for a rehearsal. Additionally, an instrumental version of the song was not sent in time to the TV company.

Piosenka dla Europy entries (Poland)[edit]

  • "Viva la musica" by Man Meadow (2008), 3rd place
  • "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Man Meadow (2009), 6th place

Eurosong entry (Belgium)[edit]

Spanish selection entries (Spain)[edit]

Malta Eurovision Song Contest (Malta)[edit]

  • "Ultraviolet", Jessica Muscat (2013), 8th place

Controversies[edit]

In Eurovision Song Contest 2001 "Listen To Your Heartbeat" became part of a controversy after it was claimed that it was plagiarised from Belgium's 1996 entry "Liefde is een kaartspel" At first this was denied by the Swedish composers, Thomas G:son and Henrik Sethsson, but after the Belgian songwriters and the author's organisation SABAM pressed for legal action, a cash settlement was agreed.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESCtoday.com, Swedish entry 2001 now officially plagiarism
  2. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 290. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

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