It is likely that Elena Paparizou will participate in Melodifestivalen 2008, according to the organiser of Melodifestivalen, the annual Swedish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Christer Björkman. Since the Greek singer, who grew up in Sweden, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Greece in 2005, the Swedish organiser has been in contact with her in order to persuade Helena to take part in the Swedish selection as well.
Elena Paparizou represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine, with the song My number one and she won the competition; her songwas commerciallysuccesful all over Europe. Since then, she released two albums, one soundtrack and various CD singles.
Carola has also declared that she is interested in participating again in Melodifestivalen and that she wants to "taste again this European adventure since in 2008 it will be 25 years since her first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest".She already represented Sweden three times(3rd in 1983 with Främling, 1st in 1991 withFågad av en stormvind and 5th in 2006with Invincible).
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet asked for the opinion of their readers.According to the poll, the public opinionshowed clear preference in Elena Paparizou in order to represent Sweden for the first time.A 4th representation of Sweden by Carola clearly appears to be less interesting for the readers.
Sweden will have to enter the semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008: In Helsinki, The Ark finished 18th with their entry The worrying kind.