Charlotte Perrelli

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Charlotte Perrelli
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Charlotte Perrelli (2014)
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 - )
Universal Music (2008)
Associated acts Wizex, Anders Engbergs
Website Myspace site
Official Website

Charlotte Perrelli (born Anna Jenny Charlotte Nilsson on 7 October 1974,[1] in Hovmantorp, Kronobergs län, Sweden) is a Swedish singer and occasional television host, perhaps most famous for winning 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.



At thirteen Perrelli joined a local dansband in Hovmantorp in the Småland-province in southern Sweden. The band Bengt Ingvars became "Bengt Ingvars med Charlotte". 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 the band Kendix.

In 1994, Perrelli started singing with the well-established dansband Anders Engbergs. After two albums, Perrelli left the band and joined the highly successful dansband Wizex in 1997. The years with Wizex gave Perrelli the opportunity to develop her skills as a performer. Larger venues and professional management produced results. In 1998 the band was nominated for a Swedish Grammis (Grammy) for the album Mot nya mål, and the album Tusen och en natt sold gold. Perrelli was ready to go solo. Between 1997–1998 Perrelli also starred as the training instructor "Millan Svensson" in the Swedish soap opera Vita lögner.


After being selected as the Swedish contestant for the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest by winning that year's national Melodifestivalen contest, Perrelli went to Jerusalem in late May to compete with her song "Take Me To Your Heaven". She won and her solo career really took to the skies. The following months were hectic for Perrelli, she toured Europe and the Middle East, promoting her Take me to your heaven and started working on her first solo album, the self-titled Charlotte. 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. Throughout the rest of the year, she toured Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia in support of her album. For the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, Perrelli did not make an appearance due to a conflict between her and the SVT.


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, known for their work with Christina Aguilera and Victoria Beckham. This song would later become the debut single for Spanish singer Natalia, whose Spanish version of the song "Vas a volverme loca" in 2002 sold over 200,000 in Spain alone, a record for that year. The album also contained the radio hit "Light of my life". During the months after the release, she promoted the album throughout Europe, and also travelled to New Zealand, to promote her work.

Perrelli hosted the first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2003 together with Mark Levengood and Lena Philipsson. In April 2003 she performed in Jesus Christ Superstar. In September she released the new single "Broken Heart", which was followed up by the album Gone Too Long in June 2004, containing hits like Gone too long, Flashdance and Million miles away.


After the success in Melodifestivalen 2003, Perrelli was once again offered to host Melodifestivalen 2004. Perrelli, Peter Settman and Ola Lindholm hosted the entire tour together. After the festival, Swedish TV4 offered her an own show on the channel. The show was called Super Troupers which was a talent-show for kids. One of the contestants was Amy Diamond, who is now a successful singer and also Alice Svensson, who later came first runner-up in Idol 2008.

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. The album topped the Swedish top for weeks and contained hits like "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. In the spring of 2005, she was a judge on Inför Eurovision, a TV show which previewed that year's Eurovision songs.

In 2006, she released the album I din röst, in honour of the famous jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, which contained Monica's most famous songs, along with some personal favorites and the soul-ballad I din röst, written by Charlotte for the album. The album was successful, and she performed many of the songs in Sweden's top shows like 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.

In May, 2007 Perrelli was the Swedish expert in the Nordic preview show panel discussion about the Eurovision Song Contest. The contestants and their songs and chances to win were commented on. She was also a part of the panel in 2005.

In mid-2007 Perrelli toured Sweden with the yearly successful Diggiloo. She was joined by singers such as Linda Bengtzing, Lasse Holm, Molly Sandén, Lotta Engberg and Jan Johansen. During the summer she released the love ballad "Som du" which she performed att the popular show Sommarkrysset. During the autumn she released the single disco song "Jag är tillbaks" which she performed at the show Babban & Co. Both singles had moderate success.


Perrelli performing at Överby Köpcenter, 5 April 2008.

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

On 14 April Perrelli filmed the music video for "Hero" on location in Stockholm. She also released her album titled Hero, which went on to sell platinum in Sweden. Although "Hero" was one of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2008,[2] 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. 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. In August, it was revealed that Charlotte had signed a record deal with a Chinese record label. As a result, her album "Hero" was released inside China.

During the autumn, she worked on her Christmas album Rimfrostjul, which was released in November. 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 in a set of Christmas concerts.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.


At the Schlager pride in Stockholm in July 2009, she announced that she will release a new album in 2010. This 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 gemal, which was very well-received and performed throughout Sweden. In August, she released her first fitness book titled Kan du Kan jag. In December 2010, she toured Swedish churches with her material from her Christmas album Rimfrostjul. Perrelli was also a judge on Talang 2010. Perrelli returned as a judge for Talang 2011 which is the series fifth season. During the Summer, she toured with Diggiloo once more. In November 2011, she confirmed that she would play Eva Peron in the musical Evita at the Malmoe Opera, something which she described as a dream come true.

In November 2011, it was announced that she would once again participate in Melodifestivalen 2012 with the entry "The Girl" by Fredrik Kempe in hopes of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In the fourth semifinal of the show, she came 5th, and failed to qualify to the final. Nonetheless, she released her seventh album titled The Girl, which contained 8 new tracks. One of the tracks was called Little Braveheart, which was a duet with the successful Belgian singer Kate Ryan. She also released her own perfume and shimmering lotion titled The Girl, which was an enormous success. In the summer of 2012, she once again toured with Diggiloo. After this, she will release her second fitness book, and then play Eva Peron in the musical Evita at the Malmö Opera.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Perrelli married Stockholm-based Swedish-Italian restaurateur Nicola Ingrosso, brother of Emilio Ingrosso who had been 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. They have two sons; Angelo (born in 2004) and Alessio (born in 2005). After speculations in Swedish media that their relationship was on the rocks, the couple officially announced their separation in June 2008. It is believed that Charlotte's heavy workload was a contributing factor to the couple's split.[3][4] On 24 September 2009, the couple filed for divorce.

Perrelli has been dating Anders Jensen since 2012. On July 30, 2013, Perrelli gave birth to the couple's first child, Adrian Romeo Perrelli-Jensen.[5]



All regularly released 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)
    September 16, 2008 (USA)
  • Language: English
  • Released in: Sweden, USA, Poland
  • Certification: Platinum
2008 Rimfrostjul
  • Released: December 2008 (Sweden)
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


  1. ^ Eurovision 2008 biography
  2. ^ Michael Osborn (2008-05-20). "Sweden tipped to win Eurovision". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Charlotte and her husband take a break". Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  4. ^ "De tar time out". Aftonbladet. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-11.  (Swedish)
  5. ^ Rydhagen, Maria (10 August 2013). "Nu avslöjar Perrelli sin nyfödde sons namn" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista. Retrieved on 2012-04-17.
  7. ^ Norwegian charts portal. (2006-06-15). Retrieved on 2012-04-17.
  8. ^ Finnish charts portal. (2006-01-04). Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
  9. ^ Danish charts portal. Retrieved on 2012-04-17.
  10. ^ Ultratop Belgian Charts. (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-04-17.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 395. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ Dutch charts portal. Retrieved on 2012-04-17.

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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"