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.