The third semi-final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen takes place this weekend and we were delighted to catch up with Elisa Lindström who is back in the competition after 7 years! She tells us the story behind “Den du är”, her musical inspirations and what she likes to do when away from performing!
Hey Elisa! Welcome back to Melodifestivalen! It’s lovely to have you back after a few years! What made you want to return in 2021?
Thank you! So nice to be back!
The song made me return. It felt so right first time I heard it, it touched me deeply, and I´m so happy that I got the chance to compete with this song.
Can you tell us a bit about the song, the message behind it and what it represents?
The song “Den du är” is written by Bobby Ljunggren and Ingela Pling Forsman (and a small part is written by me). It´s a timeless melody with very strong and authentic lyrics. It´s about finding the true big love that makes you fly and gives you the courage to be who you really are.
Have you got any other exciting new music projects in the pipeline for the coming year following Mello?
It’s been an odd last 12 months! Right now I´m focusing on Melodifestivalen and hopefully I will follow that up with some more music.
You’ve been in the industry for a number of years and have worked with many people, if you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
My beautiful friend John Lundvik! He´s an amazing singer and human and I´m longing to make a duet with him!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working on your music? How do you chill out?
I love being out in nature, walking, running or skiing like I´m doing now in the winter. It´s the best way for me to recharge my batteries.
If you could take one item to a desert island, what would it be and why?
My husband. He´s very good at surviving 😉
And finally; what is your favourite Eurovision or Mello song of all time?
Waterloo and Take me to your Heaven! I love shuffle 😉
Thanks Elisa, and best of luck for the competition!!
Elisa last appeared in Melodifestivalen back in 2014 when she performed “Casanova”! Check it out: