According to reliable esctoday.com sources, Charlotte Perrelli will be one of the wildcard participants in the Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen 2006. Earlier today, our colleagues of escsweden.com confirmed Magnus Carlsson as one of the four wildcard participants. Both names are still officially unconfirmed.
In 1999, Charlotte Nilsson-Perrelli won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with Take me to your heaven, leaving Selma from Iceland behind. In October of this year, Charlotte gave birth to a son. Over the past years, she hosted Melodifestivalen and continued her music career. She would be the second previous Eurovision Song Contest winner to enter Melodifestivalen in 2006, with 1991 winner, Carola, already confirmed as one of the previously announced 28 acts.
Magnus Carlsson participated in the Swedish national selection several times over the past years. His song, which is in Swedish according to escsweden.com sources, was written by Anders Glenmark, who came second together with Orup in the 1989 national selection with Upp över mina öron and came fourth in 1984 in a duet with his sister Karin Glenmark, singing Kall som is. Carlsson has been in Melodifestivalen almost every year since 2000, first as lead-singer in Barbados and then as a member of Alcazar. He came second twice; in 2000 with Se mig and in 2001 with Allt som jag ser.
The names of the four wildcard participants will be announced officially later this month.