SWEDEN – The Eurovision veteran had to be taken urgently to the hospital in Tel Aviv – and must not leave Israel until he has undergone surgery. “Not as planned. But I am well taken care of and, fortunately, in time, ”he writes on Instagram.
Christer Björkman, 61, was taken urgently to hospital in Tel Aviv after suffering a blood clot in his throat. Björkman, who has been in Israel for almost two months to work with the Eurovision song contest missed the competition’s climax, the live final on Saturday night. Instead, he is now being nursed in hospital while waiting for surgery.
According to information provided to Nöjesbladet, the Swedish Melodifestival profile’s condition was so serious that it could have become life-threatening, but he was taken to hospital and received care in time. His life is not in danger, but Björkman’s condition should still be so serious that he is now forced to stay in Israel on doctor’s orders. He cannot travel back to Sweden, but must be operated on site in Tel Aviv.
During Saturday night he was so keen that he could follow the Eurovision broadcast from the hospital bed and on site in Tel Aviv he had his husband, the musical artist Martin Kagemark, 44, by his side. In a post on his instagram, Björkman is shown with a laptop in the lap showing John Lundvik’s appearance in the final:
“Not as planned. But I am well taken care of and, fortunately, in time! Congratulations to the Netherlands and thanks to John Lundvik for an exciting drama, ”writes Christer Björkman.
He has been to Israel since the Melodifestivalen ended in March, to work with the Eurovision song contest. In recent years, Christer Björkman has shared the work as the Melodifestivalen producer with the prestige assignment for the Eurovision organizer EBU as a competition producer for the European finals.
In this role, Björkman has, among other things, responsibility for how the 41 contestants’ contributions look on the stage and is also the one who determines the starting order in semi-finals and finals.