Sweden – 2012 has not been a good year for Swedish Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli (1999, 2008) so far. With the song “The Girl” she failed to even qualify for the Melodifestivalen final this year. Apart form that she has trouble with her ex-husband Nicola Perrelli. The Italian, that Perrelli married in 2003, wants Charlotte to change her last name to her maiden name Nilsson. He told a newspaper: “We are divorced now and I want my last name back! I’m not a Sweden, I am Italian and it works like that in Italy! My mother also does not want her to keep the name. It’s her maiden name, so I think she has the last word.”
So will Charlotte Perrelli soon be Charlotte Nilsson again? All in all it may be a good change for her. Under the name Nilsson she had won the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 after all, when she returned in 2008 under the name of Perrelli she only came 18th.
As if that wasn’t enough, she also recently was injured in a car crash. At a building site she had already slowed down when someone crashed into her from behind. “As I have a coupling device, my car stayed undamaged,” said Perrelli. However, she got a whiplash and a concussion and had to be sent to a hospital. On a lighter note, she will play Evita in a musical in Malmö. She says that she has creat fun during the rehearsals.