Charlotte Perrelli

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Charlotte Perrelli
Charlotte Perrelli By Daniel Åhs Karlsson.jpg
Perrelli during the 2014 edition of Sommarkrysset
Background information
Birth name Anna Jenny Charlotte Nilsson
Also known as Charlotte Nilsson
Born (1974-10-07) 7 October 1974 (age 39)
Origin Hovmantorp, Sweden
Genres Dansband music (up to 1999), Disco, Pop, Schlager
Instruments Singing
Years active 1987–present
Labels Stockhouse (1999–2008, 2009–present)
Universal Music (2008)
Associated acts Wizex, Anders Engbergs
Website Official Website

Charlotte Perrelli (born Anna Jenny Charlotte Nilsson, 7 October 1974) [1] is a Swedish singer and occasional television host. She was the winner of the 1999 Melodifestivalen and subsequently that year's Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven."

Since then she has released seven albums and multiple singles. Perrelli once again won Melodifestivalen 2008 and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with her song "Hero".

She is one of Sweden's most popular female singers, often performing at Sweden's top shows. Throughout her career, she has worked with different types of music, ranging from dansband and schlager, via modern pop, to soulful ballads and jazz melodies.



Born in Hovmantorp, in the southern Swedish provice Småland, Perrelli at the age of thirteen joined a local dansband.[2] The band Bengt Ingvars became "Bengt Ingvars med Charlotte".[2] After finishing her compulsory school education, Perrelli moved from Hovmantorp to the neighbouring town of Växjö where she attended the High School of Performing Arts. She also became the lead singer of a band named Kendix.[3]

In 1994, Perrelli started singing with the well-established dansband Anders Engbergs. After two albums, Perrelli left and joined the highly successful dansband Wizex in 1997.[3] Larger venues and professional management increased the bands reputation. In 1998 the band was nominated for a Swedish Grammis (Grammy) for the album Mot nya mål, and the album Tusen och en natt that went gold.[4] Between 1997–1998 Perrelli also starred as the instructor "Millan Svensson" in the Swedish soap opera Vita lögner.[5]


After winning that year's national Melodifestivalen, Perrelli went to Jerusalem in late May to compete as the Swedish representative for the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Take Me to Your Heaven".[3][6] She won the contest with 163 points, making her the first Swedish representative to win the competition since Carola Häggkvist in 1991.[7][8] The following months, she toured Europe and the Middle East, promoting her winning song and started working on her first solo album, the self-titled Charlotte.[9] Later that year Perrelli was voted Sweden's sexiest woman by the magazine Café. She later released "I Write You a Lovesong", together with debut album Charlotte, which was well received. The rest of the year, she toured Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia in support of her album. Perrelli did not make an appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 due to a conflict between her and Sveriges Television.[10]


In 2001 she released her second album, Miss Jealousy, a pop/rock album which included the top-20 hit single "You Got Me Going Crazy", written by Johan Åberg and Paul Rein.[11] The album also contained the radio hit "Light of My Life". During the months after the release, she promoted the album throughout Europe, and New Zealand.[12][13]

Perrelli hosted the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2003 with Mark Levengood and Lena Philipsson.[14] In April 2003 she performed in Jesus Christ Superstar.[where?] In September she released a new single, "Broken Heart", which was followed up by the album Gone Too Long in June 2004. The album contained hits such as "Gone Too Long", "Flashdance" and "Million Miles Away".[15][clarification needed]


After the success in Melodifestivalen 2003, Perrelli was once again offered to host Melodifestivalen 2004.[16] Perrelli, Peter Settman and Ola Lindholm hosted the entire tour together. After the festival, Swedish TV4 offered her own show on the channel.[16] The show was called Super Troupers, a talent-show for kids.[17]

In mid-2004 she released her, until then, most successful album, Gone Too Long, which included songs by some of Sweden's top producers, including Jörgen Elofsson.[18] The album topped the Swedish top for weeks and contained hits such as "A Million Miles Away" and "Gone Too Long". In the summer, she joined Robert Wells, Jill Johnson and others on the Rhapsody in Rock-tour in mid-2004.[19] In the spring of 2005, she was a judge on Inför Eurovision, a TV show which previewed that year's Eurovision songs.[20]

In 2006, she released the album I din röst, in honour of the famous jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, which covered Zetterlund's most famous songs, along with some personal favorites and the soul-ballad "I din röst", the title song written by Perrelli for the album.[21] The album was successful, and she performed many of the songs in Sweden's top shows such as Allsång på Skansen and Nationaldagen. She also co-hosted the TV show Tillsammans för världens barn in October, where she also performed "The Greatest Love of All".[22]

In May 2007 Perrelli was the Swedish expert in the Nordic preview show panel discussion about the Eurovision Song Contest.[23] In mid-2007 Perrelli toured Sweden with Diggiloo. She was joined by singers such as Linda Bengtzing, Lasse Holm, Molly Sandén, Lotta Engberg and Jan Johansen.[24] During the summer she released the love ballad "Som du" which she performed at the popular show Sommarkrysset.[25] During the autumn she released the single disco song "Jag är tillbaks" which she performed at the show Babban & Co.[26]


Perrelli performing at Överby Köpcenter, 5 April 2008.

On 15 March 2008, Perrelli performed at the Stockholm Globe Arena and won Melodifestivalen 2008 again with her song "Hero".[27] "Hero" topped the charts in Sweden for several weeks and became the most sold single of 2008 for a Swedish artist.[28] She went on to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia, where she advanced to the finals. Preparing for Eurovision, she went out on a big tour, performing at popular TV shows in 17 nations, in order to promote the song.[28]

On 14 April, Perrelli filmed the music video for "Hero" on location in Stockholm.[27] She also released her album titled Hero, which went on to sell platinum in Sweden.[29] Although "Hero" was one of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2008,[30] it ended 18th out of 25 entries in the final, with 47 points in total. After Eurovision, the song "Bullet" was released as a single, and it performed moderately on the Swedish charts.[31][32] Perrelli started rehearsals for Rhapsody in Rock along with Robert Wells, with whom she toured with during that summer. Perrelli and Robert did a concert in Beijing, China during the 2008 Summer Olympics.[32] In August, it was revealed that Perrelli had signed a record deal with a Chinese record label. As a result, her album Hero was released inside China.[32]

During the autumn, she worked on her Christmas album Rimfrostjul, which was released in November 2008.[33] She also performed at several of Sweden's top TV shows, such as Sommarkrysset, Victoriadagen and Nationaldagen. On 31 October 2008 Perrelli was a guest judge and coach for the remaining contestants on Idol 2008. In November and December, she promoted her Christmas album and toured Sweden.[34] In the beginning of 2009, she travelled to Beijing to perform in a series of TV shows. She worked as a judge on the Swedish show Talang 2009.[35]


At the Schlager pride in Stockholm in July 2009, she announced that she would release a new album in 2010, but the release date was later changed to 2012. Perrelli recorded a new single for the Swedish Royal Wedding in June 2010 together with pop singer Magnus Carlsson titled "Mitt livs gemål", which was very well received and performed throughout Sweden.[36] In August, she released a fitness book titled Kan du Kan jag. In December 2010, she toured Swedish churches with her material from Rimfrostjul. Perrelli continued as a judge on Talang 2010[37] and Talang 2011.[37] During the summer, she toured with Diggiloo once more. In November 2011, she confirmed that she would play Eva Peron in the Swedish version of the musical Evita at the Malmö Opera.[38]

She participated in Melodifestivalen 2012 with the entry "The Girl" by Fredrik Kempe in a bid to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[39] In the fourth semi-final of the show, she came in fifth, and failed to qualify to the final.[40] Nonetheless, she released her seventh album titled The Girl, which contained eight new tracks. One of the tracks was called "Little Braveheart", a duet with Belgian singer Kate Ryan.[41] She also released her own perfume and shimmering lotion called The Girl.[42] In the summer of 2012, she once again toured with Diggiloo. After this, she released her second fitness book.[43][44]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Perrelli married Stockholm-based Swedish-Italian restaurateur Nicola Ingrosso. They have two sons. At the time Ingrosso's brother Emilio was married to another Swedish singer, Pernilla Wahlgren. Following a feud with Ingrosso's family, Charlotte and Nicola decided to change their last names to Perrelli.[citation needed]

After speculation in Swedish media that the couple were experiencing relationship issues, Perrelli and Ingrosso officially announced their separation in June 2008.[45] On 24 September 2009, the couple filed for divorce.[46]

Since 2012, Perrelli has been in a relationship with Anders Jensen. Perrelli gave birth to the couple's first child on 30 July 2013.[47]



All studio albums and their chart positions in the Swedish Top 60 (SWE).

Year Information Peak positions Info, sales and certifications
1999 Charlotte
  • 1st solo album
  • Released: September 1999
2001 Miss Jealousy
  • Released: March 2001
2004 Gone Too Long
  • Released: March 2004
2006 I din röst
  • Released: June 2006
2008 Hero
  • Released: 23 April 2008 (Sweden)
    16 September 2008 (USA)
  • Language: English
  • Released in: Sweden, USA, Poland, China
  • Certification: Platinum
2008 Rimfrostjul
  • Released: December 2008 (Sweden)
  • Language: Swedish/English
  • released in: Sweden
  • Certification: –
2012 The Girl
  • Released: 14 March 2012
2013 Min Barndoms Jul
  • Released: December 2013


Year Title Peak Album
1999 "Take Me to Your Heaven" 2 10 - - 5 20 23 - - Charlotte
"I Write You a Lovesong" 38 - - - - - - - -
2000 "Damn You" - - - - - - - - -
2001 "You Got Me Going Crazy" 20 - - - - - - - - Miss Jealousy
"Miss Jealousy" (unreleased) - - - - - - - - -
2003 "Broken Heart" 7 - - - - - - - - Gone Too Long
2004 "Million Miles Away" 11 - - - - - - - -
2006 "I din röst"(promo single) - - - - - - - - - I din röst
2007 "Jag är tillbaks" - - - - - - - - - Single only
2008 "Hero" 1 20 18 24 - - - 65 4 Hero
"Bullet" 2 - - - - - - - -
2012 "The Girl" - - - - - - - - - The Girl
"Little Braveheart" (with Kate Ryan) - - - - - - - - -
"Just Not Tonight" - - - - - - - - -


Soundtracks containing Charlotte Perrelli songs.


Compilations containing Charlotte Perrelli songs.

  • 1999: Absolute '99: The Best of 1999 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 1999: Mr Music Hits – Vol 7, 1999 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 1999: Maximum Dance – Vol 7, 1999 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 1999: Absolute Music 30 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 1999: 100% Semester – Vol 4 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 2000: Eurovision Song Contest 1956–1999 – "Take Me to Your Heaven"
  • 2000: Barn 2000 – "Behöver Dig Nu"
  • 2000: Schooldays – "Tusen och en Natt"
  • 2001: Melodifestivalen 2001 – "Tusen och en Natt"
  • 2008: Melodifestivalen 2008 – "Hero"


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Ra.One Jenny Nayar Swedish voice-dub


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Israel Dana International
with "Diva"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Denmark Olsen Brothers
with "Fly on the Wings of Love"
Preceded by
Jill Johnson
with "Kärleken är"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Roger Pontare
with "When Spirits Are Calling My Name"
Preceded by
The Ark
with "The Worrying Kind"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Malena Ernman
with "La voix"