How 3 minutes changed my life – Fame – Give Me Your Love (Sweden 2003)

21 Jul

So in 2003 I was 14. Completely insecure, socially awkward and extremely nerdy (I even had both glasses AND braces, so I personified typical nerds from US teen movies) and without any sense of fashion. Living in a dysfunctional family and bullied by everyone in school my life was…eh, interesting to say the least. I was a major fan of a pop group Bepop (SLO NF 2003), which was getting out of fashion in my school during that time, so I was bullied even more. However, in May 2003 something completely crazy happened. 2 days before Eurovision in Riga I saw the preview show where entries would be presented one by one. I had read before that Swedish song had been voted as the worst entry of the contest by a Latvian newspaper, so I was like: “Hmmm, wonder how it sounds then.”

And then came the song. I immediately said: “Ehm, are those Latvian journalists deaf? This is the best song of the year!” It was stuck in my head later on and during the night I wanted Swedes to win. They eventually finished 5th and I was happy. Afterwards I purchassed the official CD of the contest, which I was playing like mad in my CD player and Fame’s song was the first I played on repeat and learned by heart (other faves were Iceland and Spain btw). A new Eurovision-fan was born! Later on, in summer and autumn I started exploring Sweden more and more. First I found out that Swedish selection was called “Melodifestivalen” and I became a fan of A*Teens and Alcazar as well. And during that time I started picking up some Swedish words, but it wasn’t until late summer 2004, after my first Stockholm trip with my father, that I decided to learn Swedish for real.

In 2010 I passed TISUS, which gave me qualification in Swedish language to be able to study in Sweden. And I’ve seen the MF final twice live in Globen so far. All thanks to Fame. I’m well aware of the fact that this song may be hated among some Eurovision fan-circles (I heard certain individuals saying it was “contrived and banal schlager-cheese”), but to me it means A LOT. It will have a special place in my heart for life and I hope I get the chance to meet both Jessica and Magnus together (I met Magnus 6 years ago, but only briefly) and tell them what impact their song had on my life and me as a person.

So this year it’s been 10 years since Riga contest and since Fame took part. Let’s celebrate a bit, shall we? Enjoy! ♥


One Response to “How 3 minutes changed my life – Fame – Give Me Your Love (Sweden 2003)”

  1. jamessayeresc September 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    I love this story 😀 It’s funny how we all have that one song which set off the enthusiasm for Eurovision, and you’re right, these songs really do change our lives! Hope you achieve your dream of meeting Jessica and Magnus together one day, would be sooo cool ❤

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