The five Swedish preselections of Melodifestivalen 2003 will see some stars hosting the events. Carola was confirmed right after her entry was disqualified, now the names of the two hosts of the first preselection, to be held on 15 February, have been unveiled. One of them being Charlotte Nilsson.
According to the newspaper Expressen, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, Charlotte Nilsson, will host the first Swedish preselection in Melodifestivalen 2003, which will take place in the city of Jönköping. The surprising part of the story is the fact that she's not going to host the show together with a male counterpart, as Swedish media reported would be the case for all of the preselection heats. Instead, another female artist will join Charlotte in hosting the show; Lena Philipsson, which is also a considerable star in Sweden. Lena performed three songs in the Swedish national finals during the eighties, twice ending at second place: In 1988 with the song Om igen and two years earlier with Kärleken är evig.
Just like Carola, Charlotte will also perform a song in the preselection where she will be the host. The lyrics are said to deal with the disputed record company chief Bert Karlsson, although his name is not mentioned specifically in the text. The song will be included in her next CD, and is described as a revenge for earlier disputes the two famous personalities have been through, especially the patronizing comments Bert Karlsson earlier have made on Charlotte's appearance. Dispite the fact that the lyrics are mocking his way of being, Bert still feels honoured, as this is the first time anyone has dedicated a song to him.
The rest of the hosts of the five Swedish preselections will be announced during a press conference on January 30.