Sweden: Charlotte Perrelli participates in So Much Better 2018

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Swedish popstar and Eurovision 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli (née Nilsson) will be featured in the line-up of the successful music show Så mycket bättre or So much better 2018.

Charlotte Perrelli, formerly Charlotte Nilsson, is all set to present her vocal capacities in the upcoming 9th season of Så mycket bättre, which means So much better, broadcast on TV4.

Så mycket bättre is the Swedish version of The Best Singers, a franchise based on the popular Dutch TV-show De Beste Zangers Van Nederland (The Best Singers Of The Netherlands), a show which has featured many former – and future – Eurovision participants.

Besides Sweden (and the original show in The Netherlands), versions of the show air in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Lithuania and Spain, while Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States have shown interest in the format.

The premise of the series is that well-known artists sing each other’s repertoire, each episode dedicated to the work of one particular singer. The colleagues interpret each other’s works, often resulting in unsuspected versions of their songs and emotional reactions. In the end, one of the participants is crowned as “best singer” of a given series. Often, the show is also a tribute to established artists and their songs.

Past seasons have featured many renowned Swedish artists, including many former Eurovision- and Melodifestivalen participants or artists otherwise associated with the ESC, including the recently deceased Barbro “Lill-Babs” Svensson, Kikki Danielsson, Tommy Nilsson, Carola Häggkvist, Jill Johnson, Lena Philipsson, Eric Saade, Danny Saucedo, Darin, and Eurovision 1985 host Lill Lindfors (who herself placed second in the ESC 1966 alongside Svante Thuresson).

Så mycket bättre 2018

Set to air this autumn on Sweden’s TV4, Så mycket bättre 2018 will feature a host of Swedish artists, including various former Melodifestivalen participants: singer-songwriter Eric Gadd, dansband/rock singer Christer Sjögren and singer Louise Hoffsten.

Other particpants of season 9 are Albin Lee Meldau, Linnea Henriksson and rapper Stor.

Sources: aftonbladet.se, expressen.se, smalandsdagblad.se

Charlotte Perrelli at Eurovision

Charlotte Perrelli (born Anna Jenny Charlotte Nilsson, Hovmantorp, Småland, Sweden, 1974) is a Swedish singer, musical actress and television host. Singing in a variety of styles, she is one of the country’s most popular female vocalists.

Under her maiden name Charlotte Nilsson, she won Melodifestivalen 1999 with Tusen och en natt (literally: Thousand and one nights) and subsequently represented Sweden at Eurovision 1999 in Jerusalem, Israel. With the English-language version of her winning Melodifestivalen-song, Take me to your heaven, Charlotte Nilsson won the ESC 1999, receiving 163 points.

In 2008, Charlotte returned to the Eurovision stage, meanwhile having changed her surname to Perrelli. With her entry Hero she eventually placed 18th in the Grand Final in Belgrade, Serbia, with 47 points. However, Hero, became a huge hit in Sweden and was the most sold single by a Swedish artist in 2008. The eponymous album Hero was certified platinum.

Privately, Charlotte Perrelli used to be married to professional restaurant owner Nicola Perrelli, born Nicola Ingrosso. Nicola’s brother Emilio Ingrosso was also married to a famous Swedish artist, Pernilla Wahlgren, multiple Melodifestivalen-participant, and the couple are the parents of Sweden’s Eurovision 2018 representative Benjamin Ingrosso.

Charlotte and Nicola decided to change their name to Perrelli, the maiden name of Nicola’s mother. The couple have two sons, Angelo and Alessio, and divorced in 2009.

Charlotte Perrelli  married Anders Jensen in 2015, they have a son together, Adrian Romeo.