Anna Book Disqualified From Melodifestivalen But Given Hope
Anna Book was disqualified from the first heat of Melodifestivalen after Nöjesbladet revealed that her song, Heaven for Two (Himmel för två), had already competed in Moldova’s national selection for Eurovision in 2014, then called Taking Care Of A Broken Heart.
After hearing the news, Book posted on Instagram: “Can not sleep, alone awake in a nightmare. My nightmare. Can not be bothered to write more than that I am devastated and inconsolable.”
However, in a turnaround of events, Fredrik Kempe, composer for Samir & Viktor this year, is offering to write a new song for Anna Book next year because he knows how much the contest means to both her and lyricist Camilla Läckberg.
“It would be really fun to do something with her. Me and David Kreuger are talking about sound and how to do it. It might be something like Abba’s Bang A Boomerang”, says Kempe.
Anna was understandably moved by the offer: “He is so psyched and has already spoken with Camilla Läckberg about them writing a really good song for me.”
“It is, of course, a privilege that he wants to take me under his wing and forward in my career. I have already accepted. We move on and we are keeping our fingers crossed to get it together. We’ll give it a good try.”
This is the second scandal to hit the Eurovision qualifying rounds this week. Charlotte Perrelli was due to co-host the Malmö heat of Melodifestivalen. However, she has inadvertently broken Sweden’s broadcasting rules by appearing in a commercial for Comviq within two weeks of the event so has been forced to stand down.