Interview: Tommy NIlsson tries for new Melodifestivalen win

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Tommy NIlsson took part in Melodifestivalen in 1989 with the song En dag (One day) and won. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne he finished 4th. Now 18 years later he is back for another try. He is of course looking for another victory, and as last time he is presenting a ballad which suits Tommy's strong voice very well.

During today's first rehersal Tommy talked to about his new song and memories from 1989. Good-morning Tommy, how are you today?
Hello, I'm just fine, and how are you?

We are just fine.
Very good.

Why have you decided to take part in Melodifestivalen again?
Well the first thing is that I have a really good song – and I do otherwise I wouldn't be here. The other thing that's very important to me is the lyrics of the song. This year I've written it myself, and therefore I feel a lot for this song. The third thing is that I have decided to say “yes” to engagements that I have said “no” to before and Melodifestivalen is one of those things I have decided to say “yes” to.

So you have declined songs in the past?
Yes, I have actually done that a couple of times. The reason for this is that the songs I have been presented with haven't been my cup of tea – if I can put it like that.

You talk a lot about the importance of the lyrics, what is your song about?
It's about hope that mankind can solve our problems like pollution, war, poverty and many other things that are a problem today. But I believe that we really have a good chance of solving these problems, and then we can look forward to a brighter future. That's what my song is all about. I need to quote another of this year's artists here; Regina Lund said. “If you're gonna sing to 3 million people, you may as well have something to say,” and that's a very good point.

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