Three weeks left to the big Eurovision bang, hectic times in the studio recording new songs — and suddenly Sweden's representative at the stage in Istanbul, Lena Philipsson, loses her voice.
The cosmic powers are not looking too kindly upon Lena Ph, as the Swedes fondly like to call her. Although she is to defend the Swedish honour at the Eurovision in twenty days, as well as she is busy recording new songs, her voice could not cope with the pressure — it went well and truly down. “Not much was left of her voice when she left the studio”, admits Thomas 'Orup' Eriksson, the man behind the Swedish entry, to esctoday.com's sources.
Fact is that Lena Ph has had anything but regular nine-to-five working days over the past few weeks; she and her production team are working hard on recording as many songs as possible — the plan is to release Lena Ph's new album as soon as possible after the Eurovision Song Contest.
“She has been put under rather severe strain lately”, admits My Strömbaeck, Lena Ph's contact at Lena's record company. “And besides, she has two children to look after, plus she has caught the flu — and she has been a bit under the weather in general”, My Strömbaeck adds.
However, everyone on Lena Ph's bandwagon is convinced that Lena will be up and running in no time — her being temporarily ill “is most certainly not going to jeopardize her participation in the Eurovision”, assures My Ströbaeck.