Allsång på Skansen (BENNY)

Filmed: Tuesday 5 August 2003

Location: Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden

Broadcast: Tuesday 5 August 2003, LIVE, Sweden

Release status: Unreleased

Shown in: Sweden

Additional information

Allsång på Skansen = Sing-along at Skansen

Allsång på Skansen is a Swedish show held at Skansen, Stockholm, every summer on Tuesdays between 8pm and 9pm. The audience is supposed to sing-along with musical guests to well-known Swedish songs. The show started in 1935 on a small scale; about 50 people in the audience. Today about 10,000–25,500 people come to each performance. Since 3 August 1979 the show has been broadcast by Sveriges Television. Initially the show had about 300,000 viewers. When Lasse Berghagen took over as host, the ratings increased to about 2 million viewers. In 2003, Allsång på Skansen was the first SVT programme that was broadcast with 5.1 multichannel sound. In 2007, it became one of the first Swedish live programmes broadcast in high-definition television.

BAO! appeared at the very last show at Allsång in 2003, along with Carola and Lasse Berghagen. (Benny's son Ludvig Andersson had appeared in a previous show in the 2003 season).

Lasse Berghagen had hosted Allsång på Skansen since 1994 and 2003 was his last season, sharing hosting duties with new host, Anders Lundin.

BAO! performed: 

  1. Vår sista dans with Helen Sjöholm 
  2. Schottis på valhall
  3. Svit för orkester nr. 2, h-moll, sat 8 Badinerie (an instrumental) by Bach.

At one point, Sweden's top comedian Robert Gustafsson made his regular "surprise" appearance in the last Allsång of the season. In this episode he is dressed up to look like Sten Broman, a famous music critic and television personality who died back in 1983. Broman famously hated the accordion, so Robert Gustafsson (as Sten Broman) had a go at Benny for playing the accordion, saying "The definition of a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the accordion but refrains from doing so."

Thanks to Robin Andersson and ABBAMAIL (no longer online). Extra thanks to Steve Layton, Carl Magnus Palm, Jan Bach and Malin Westerberg.
YouTube links c/o Steve Layton

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