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12.03.08 . Belgovision.com talked to Charlotte 'Nilsson' Perrelli
This Saturday, former Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlotte Perrelli is the hot favourite to win the final of Melodifestivalen 2008 in Sweden. In 1999 she won the contest in Jerusalem with Take Me To Your Heaven, an achievement she would love to repeat in Belgrade with the song Hero. Belgovision.com talked to Charlotte.
There is one good reason why Charlotte Nilsson - better known as Charlotte Perrelli nowadays - made a comeback to the Melodifestivalen stage. "Because I love the song!" Charlotte's Melodifestivalen 2008 entry Hero is written by the successful Swedish songwriters Fredrik Kempe and Bobby Ljunggren. "I couldn't turn it down, it was everything I wanted," Charlotte says in an interview with Belgovision.com. Together with her backing singers Caroline Jönsson, Wiktoria Nilsson, Micke Blomqvist, Martin Kagemark and Anna Nordell, Charlotte took the Swedish audience by storm in the fourth heat and qualified for Saturday's final.

Hero might open the international doors again for Charlotte, who signed a major record deal with Universal Music earlier this year. "I would like to release Hero outside Sweden too," she says. "But it depends on how it goes in the final." Charlotte expects Sanna Nielsen and BWO to be her toughest competitors in the final of Melodifestivalen 2008. If she wins, Charlotte certainly wants to promote the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest entry abroad. "Of course, I know the rules and I also know how important it is to do all the promotion."


Melodifestivalen 2008 participant Charlotte Perrelli won the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

The international success Charlotte had after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 still lingers on her mind. "I remember all the trips I did back then," she says. "Belgium was one of my favourite countries to visit and I would love to come back as soon as possible." Charlotte visited Belgium several times, promoting Take Me To Your Heaven - which hit the top 5 of the charts in Flanders - and the follow-up single I Write You A Lovesong. She performed in popular television shows such as Tien Om Te Zien on VTM and Hitkracht on TV1.
 


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