Sophie Ellis Bextor has released a cover of the Alcazar hit ‘Crying at the discotehque’
The song was originally released by the band Alcazar in 2001 who went on to take part in the Melodifestivalen on 5 separate occasions.
Aswell as taking part in Melodifestivalen, the band were also offered a spot in the UK National Final in 2005, but they eventually turned the offer down. Commenting on the UK Final on their website Alcazarworld.com, the band said:
“BBC asked us to participate in the British version, but there was never talk about a song called Mr DJ” Magnus says. “It was just a title that a fansite came up with. The songs that were presented to us weren’t what we where looking for so that’s why we decided to go for Sweden instead!”
“The song Alcastar was previously selected among the other 32 songs, but had to be removed when Alcazar at an early state said no to it. “At that time we had our minds set on Britain, and no matter how much we fell in love with ‘Alcastar’ we simply had to turn it down. But when BBC didn’t turn up with a suitable track for us we reconsidered and decided to follow our original idea – follow our hearts and do ‘Alcastar’.”
Both Alcazar and Sophie have a connection to the UK at Eurovision, with Sophie being a judge of the UK National Final Eurovision: You Decide in 2017. Sophie was also due to sit on the UK jury in 2019, but had to pull out due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Sophie isn’t the only act covering a song from a Melodifestivalen artist, with Steps also covering Jenny Silver’s ‘Something in your eyes’ on their new album ‘What the future holds’ due to be released on 27th November.
You can see Sophie’s cover of the song ‘Crying at the discotheque’ below:
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