Oscar-nominated Savan Kotecha: ‘I’m the most boring person in the world’

Musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga acted as a mid-pandemic balm. It also saved its chief lyricist from a songwriting rut

“The original idea was she would hit this note and everyone in the audience would break out into an orgasm,” laughs the songwriter Savan Kotecha. He is talking about a pivotal moment in Netflix’s ludicrous 2020 comedy musical Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, when Rachel McAdams’s Sigrit freestyles a new song at Europe’s annual camp jamboree and holds an elongated “speorg note”, the mythic Icelandic high C.

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