She’s a woman of prime Eurovision calibre and the two time MelFest and one time Eurovision champion Charlotte Perrelli will enter the Swedish national final for the fifth time. This is according to local Swedish press who are generally correct with their accounts.
Charlotte Perrelli and Eurovision
As previously mentioned, Charlotte has entered Eurovision not once…but twice for the nordic powerhouse. Her contribution to Sweden being a Eurovision powerhouse extends to her being the fourth Swedish winner out of their six wins. This came in 1999 in Jerusalem, Israel. She sung the song “Take Me To Your Heaven” she scored 163 points, beating Selma and Iceland in a very close race between the nordic countries.
She returned to MelFest nine years later in 2008. This time she competed with the song “Hero”. Despite being a huge fan favourite going into the contest and was tipped to win the contest she finished 18th with 47 points. Charlotte had to rely on international juries to even qualify for the final due to not finishing in the qualifying positions in the semifinal.
Close but no cigar
She has entered MelFest a further two times after 2008. Firstly in 2012 with the song “The Girl”. Similarly to “Hero” it was an uptempo number. Unfortunately she failed to qualify for the final after finishing fifth in her semifinal.
Her fourth and currently final MelFest appearance was in 2017 with the song “Mit Liv”. Contrasting with her previous three songs, “Mitt Liv” was a guitar led ballad. It finished last in the semifinal.
She has appeard as a MelFest interval too. Most notably with the parody song “Här Står Jag” and as a duet with Dana International with “Diva to Diva”.
Charlotte in 2021
According to local Swedish media news website Aftonbladet, Charlotte will enter with an “uptempo Schlager pop”. So will she be going back to her well trodden Schlager road? We’ll have to wait and see!
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