Nina SÃ¶derquist, the artist that will open Melodifestivalen 2009 as the first semi final act on Saturday night, was approached by the BBC to participate in the United Kingdom's Eurovision Song Contest selection show, Your Country Needs You. The artist turned down the request because she had already been accepted for the Swedish competition.
Nina Söderquist is back in Sweden after completing a run as the lead performer in the London West End musical, Spamalot. The Monty Python stage show awarded the part to the winner of the Swedish talent show, West End Star, which Nina won.
Nina's pop/rock song, Tick Tock was selected by the SVT jury to participate in Melodifestivalen back in October, but the BBC approached her to offer her the chance to stay in the United Kingdom to participate in Your Country Needs You. TheYour Country Needs You final washeld last Saturday with Jade Ewan defeating The Twins and Mark to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Swedish power-singer declined the offer from the BBC to keep her place in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest selection show, where she began rehearsals this morning with a hugely powerful performance. Nina has already won one television show with public voting and is emerging as a dark horse in Melodifestivalen following a very strong rehearsal this morning.
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Nina performing in West End Star:
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