Listen to Your Heartbeat
|Eurovision Song Contest 2001 entry|
|◄ "When Spirits Are|
Calling My Name" (2000)
|"Never Let It Go" (2002) ►|
Friends greatly resembled former Swedish Eurovision winners, ABBA. The group comprised two female singers, a blonde and a brunette, a male pianist, two male guitarists and a female backing singer. The blonde singer, Nina Inhammar, sported a red jacket and trousers over a sparkly beige top, and a brown belt decorated with diamond studs. The brunette, Kim Kärnfalk, sported an off-the-shoulder white top, and dark red leather trousers, with a black belt.
"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.
The song was performed 7th on the night of the contest, following Russia's Mumiy Troll with "Lady Alpine Blue" and preceding Lithuania's SKAMP with "You Got Style". The song received 100 points, placing 5th in a field of 23.
A Japanese version of the song can be heard as the opening for the anime series Di Gi Charat Nyo! from 2003.
- ESCtoday.com, Swedish entry 2001 now officially plagiarism
- Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 290. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
"När vindarna viskar mitt namn" by Roger Pontare
| Melodifestivalen winners
"Never Let It Go" by Afro-dite