A quickie with…Charlotte Perrelli

Charlotte Perrelli (then known as Charlotte Nilsson) was the last Swede to bring the Eurovision trophy to Stockholm. She gave The Local her top tips ahead of this weekend's festival in Helsinki.

How will you be watching Eurovision?

I will be performing in Turkey during the contest, so I don’t know whether I’ll get to see it. I really hope so. I’ll be on stage that night, but hopefully there’ll be a big screen where I’m performing.

Ever feel tempted to have another go at it yourself?

I often get asked to enter again, but I don’t know. This year a lot of the old artists entered but didn’t win. But if I get the right song, who knows? My dream right now is that The Ark will win, so that I can be host of the whole festival next year.

Who’s your top tip to win Eurovision?

I like Russia, I like Finland – and I like Sweden, of course. I think Russia has a big chance. I think the Ark has a chance to be in the top five at least, but it’s so hard to predict these things. I mean, who can guess how Bosnia and Herzegovina are going to vote, for instance?

Which song most deserves to get ‘nul points’?

There are a lot of candidates. I can’t pick one out from the top of my head, but some entries make my ears cry.

If Eurovision was decided on the clothes, who would be your tip to win this year?

I think that would have to be Finland [the raven-haired corset-wearing Hanna Pakarinen]. They never used to win, but now that they’ve won once, maybe they’ll win twice.

Charlotte Perrelli will be appearing in the Diggiloo concert tour this summer, where she will be joined by other top Swedish artists. Concerts across Sweden from 6th July-11th August.


Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday.