Monday, 29 October 2007


Well Schlager fans, it's the turn of Charlotte Perrelli (formerly Nilsson) to recieve the Schlager Systems treatment in an exclusive pre-melodifestivalen interview! Will Charlotte talk of her MF comeback? Why did she change her name? All will be revealed..... well sort of.

SS: Charlotte, may we say a big thank you for agreeing to answer our questions! How and when did you become interested in singing?

CP: Can´t remember exactly, but it was when I was a little girl.

SS: You joined popular Swedish group ‘Wizex’, following in the footsteps of Kikki Danielsson and Lena Pålsson. How did you come to work with the band?

CP: They called me and asked me if I wanted to start working with them. I thought that was a great idea.

SS: You won Melodifestivalen 1999 becoming really famous in Swedein, what was that like?

CP: I started to work with media long before so I knew a little bit about it before I won. But of course it was a strange feeling in the beginning. But also a lot fun!

SS: Then you came to international attention winning Eurovision, was that a life changing event?

CP: In a sort of way, yes! I had the opportunity to work in the whole Europe and that was a lot fun.

SS: How did you cope with fame?

CP: I don´t think about it that much, it´s a part of my daily life.

SS: What are you best memories of winning eurovision?

CP: many! But the moment we realized that Sweden was a really a good memories!

SS: We are lead to believe that Charlotte Perrelli is entering Melodifestivalen in 2008 with a song called ‘Hero’ can you tell us about the song?

CP: Sorry, I can´t talk about that, no paper is signed. I don´t even know if it will be like that.

SS: Linda Bengtzing, Sanna Nielsen, Charlotte Perrelli and maybe even Carola could be in participating Melodifestivlen 2008, will this the ultimate battle of the schlager stars?

CP: Maybe...I don´t know that much about it yet.

SS: Who were your musical influences growing up?

CP: I listened to swedish popular music. But also gospel!! None special..

SS: As an established artist why did you change your name from Nilsson to Perrelli?

CP: I married, and wanted my children to have the same last name as their father AND mother.

SS: You look absolutely fabulous! How do you manage to stay in shape?

CP: I´m a vegetarian since 14 years. I´m running after my kids a lot...a sort of work out.

SS: Name 3 words that describe Charlotte Perrelli?

CP: Positive, disciplined, and generous.

SS: Do you have a message for your UK fans?

CP: Hope to come to UK soon...and I hope I have a new song to present for you then.

SS: What version does Charlotte Perrelli prefer: ‘Take Me To Your Heaven’ or ‘Tusen och en natt’?

CP: Take me to you heaven!!

Tack så mycket Charlotte,
From Marty, Kethan, Shona and Penny
The Vodka Systems

Sunday, 21 October 2007


Yay! Linda Bengtzing will take next year's Melodifestivalen by storm with her track 'Hur svårt kan det vara?' (How Hard Can It Be?) with a track written by Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson & Johan Fransson. Here is where the campaign starts to send our Linda to Belgrade! We are sure she will have at least 15 frock changes in the first 2 minutes of the song just before truimphantly jumping through a fireball and then getting covered in glitter dust at the monumental key change! Other notable acts are BWO with 'Lay Your Love on Me', Charlotte Perrelli with 'Hero' and our Sanna Nielsen with 'Empty Room' which disturbingly has been described by as a ballad! We are sure Sanna has more schlager sense than that! Speculation still abounds regards to whether Carola has secured one of the wildcard places, Carola's people are keeping tight lipped. Could this be battle of the schlager queens? How exciting!

Monday, 15 October 2007

Schlager Stars Gear Up For Christmas

As usual our schlager stars are doing the rounds this Christmas.

Julgalan 2007 - A star studded show with 2 legs hits the backwaters of Sweden this Jule! First leg featuring our Linda Bengtzing, Andreas Johnsson, Sonja Alden, Linda Sundblad and Marcus Fagervall and a host of nobodies play in Östersund on the 9th November, November 11 in Falun, November 23 in Linköping, November 24 in Sundsvall . The other leg of the tour features none other than Elin Lanto and Markoolio, Jimmy Jansen and another host of nobodies playing in Umeå on November 23rd and 24th. Tickets as usual from Ticnet.

Our Linda is also playing Lördagsfest Wallmans Schlager in the Casino Cosmopol in Sundsvall on November 9th. The Original ABBA Orchestra featuring our Magnus Carlsson is back for string of Christmas shows, playing December 5th-8th and 12th-15th at Globen Arena Stockholm!

Queen Carola and 'Cabaret' star Miss Liza Minelli star in 'A Classic Christmas Night' on December 7th-8th at Globen Arena, Stockholm and December 11th-12th at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg.

Sweet Sanna Nielsen can be heard worbling some 'Christmas Carols' at the Helsingborg Konserthuset on December 8th and 9th.

Shirley Clamp is going to be very busy too, not only is she headlining her first solo concert tour starting on Nyköping on October 27th and continuing right though to November 30th in Norrköping. Shirley is also taking part in 'The Christmas Show' along side Sarah Dawn Finer and De Liva playing 6 dates in total. The show will roll into Stockholm's Globen Arena on December 19th!

Nanne continues her show 'Vild' with special Christmas shows right up to December 15th at Hamburger Börs, Stockholm and ending on the same night as Lena and Orup's show at the China Teatern, across town!

Our friend Anna Book is playing a series of dates on water and dry land this Christmas time including:

Viking Line: Cinderella Live from 20th-27th October,

Prel. Piteå Live 2007-11-08
Stockholm Svenska FavoriterLive 2007-11-29
Stockholm SundbybergLive 2007-12-01
Sala och Avesta Dubbelgig-Live, 2007-12-07
Kristianstad Live 2007-12-14
Ystad Live 2007-12-15
Hässleholm Live 2007-12-15