Thomas G:son

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Thomas G:son
G:son in 2013
G:son in 2013
Background information
Birth nameThomas Gustafsson
Born (1968-02-25) 25 February 1968 (age 54)
Skövde, Västergötland, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • musician
  • music producer
Years active1998–present

Thomas Gustafsson (born 25 February 1968), better known by the stage name Thomas G:son, is a Swedish composer and musician.

He is best known for the ninety-nine songs he has written for national finals of twelve countries for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC): sixty-one for Sweden, eleven for Spain, six for Norway, five for Denmark and Finland, three for Georgia, two for Poland & Malta, and one each for Cyprus, Latvia, Romania and Belgium. He reached the milestone of 60 entries at Melodifestivalen at Melodifestivalen 2020. He has also reached the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times, three times each for Sweden, Spain, and Georgia, twice for Cyprus and once each for Norway, Denmark and Malta. In 2012, G:son achieved his first victory as a winning composer at the Eurovision Song Contest with the entry "Euphoria".

G:son is from Skövde, Västergötland, Sweden. He has been a full-time songwriter since 1998. In addition to writing and composing songs in many musical genres for a living, he plays the guitar in the hard rock band, Masquerade.

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 No semi-finals
2006 "Invincible" Carola G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Carola 5 170 4 214
2007  Norway "Ven a bailar conmigo" Guri Schanke G:son Failed to qualify 18 48
 Spain "I Love You Mi Vida" D'NASH G:son, Andreas Rickstrand, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Rebeca Pous del Toro 20 43 Member of the "Big 4"
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 Member of the "Big 5"
 Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen G:son, Peter Boström 1 372 1 181
2013  Georgia "Waterfall" Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili G:son, Erik Bernholm 15 50 10 63
2015  Spain "Amanecer" Edurne G:son, Peter Boström, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson 21 15 Member of the "Big 5"
 Georgia "Warrior" Nina Sublatti G:son, Sublatti 11 51 4 98
2016  Cyprus "Alter Ego" Minus One[1] G:son, Minus One 21 96 8 164
 Georgia "Midnight Gold" Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz[2] G:son, Kote Kalandadze 20 104 9 123
2017  Cyprus "Gravity" Hovig[3] G:son 21 68 5 164
2018  Malta "Taboo" Christabelle[4] G:son, Johnny Sanchez, Christabelle Borg, Muxu Failed to qualify 13 101
2020  France "Mon alliée (The Best in Me)" Tom Leeb G:son, Peter Boström, John Lundvik, Amir Haddad, Tom Leeb, Léa Ivanne Cancelled

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 "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 and UMK 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
  • "Domino" by Saara Aalto (2018), 2nd 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 did not turn up in time for a rehearsal. Additionally, an instrumental version of the song was sent not 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
  • "Taboo", Christabelle Borg (2018), 1st place (13th Place Non Qualifier in Eurovision 2018 Semifinal)

Pabandom iš Naujo (Lithuania)[edit]

  • "Unbreakable", Aistė Pilvelytė (2020), 5th place

Controversies[edit]

G:son and Henrik Sethsson's song for the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, "Listen to Your Heartbeat", was accused of being too plagiarized from Belgium's 1996 entry "Liefde is een kaartspel". The songwriters denied the accusation, but after the Belgian songwriters and the author's organisation SABAM pressed for legal action, a cash settlement was agreed.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ K, Andreas (4 November 2015). "Cyprus: Minus One selected for Stockholm". eurovisionworld.com. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ Mamsikhashvili, Rezo (11 March 2016). "Watch: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz Release Music Video for "Midnight Gold"". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  3. ^ K, Andreas (21 October 2016). "Cyprus: Hovig is the first artist for Eurovision 2017". eurovisionworld.com. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  4. ^ Jensen, Charlotte (4 February 2018). "Malta selects Christabelle Borg's Taboo for Eurovision 2018". EuroVisionary. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ Petersen, Rasmus (24 January 2015). "Denmark: Here are the songs for Melodi Grand Prix 2015". eurovisionworld.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  6. ^ ESCtoday.com, Swedish entry 2001 now officially plagiarism
  7. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 290. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

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