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Hero (Charlotte Perrelli song)

Single by Charlotte Perrelli
from the album Hero
B-side"Hero (Instrumental)"
ReleasedFebruary 2008
FormatDigital download, CD-single
LabelUniversal Music
Songwriter(s)Bobby Ljunggren, Fredrik Kempe
Charlotte Perrelli singles chronology
"Jag är tillbaka"
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Finals performance
Semi-final result
12th (back-up jury)
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "The Worrying Kind" (2007)   
"La voix" (2009) ►

"Hero" is a 2008 pop song performed by the Swedish singer Charlotte Perrelli written by Fredrik Kempe and Bobby Ljunggren. It was entered into the 2008 Melodifestivalen contest, and was initially rumoured to be going to be sung by Måns Zelmerlöw,[citation needed] but Perrelli was the first choice for the contest. It won the Melodifestivalen contest at the Globen arena on 15 March 2008.[1] Due to this, it represented Sweden at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

The single "Hero" was released on 12 March 2008. It topped the Swedish Singles chart, and was certified Gold, in recognition of 10,000 copies sold. After the contest, it was certified Platinum, as 40,000 copies sold.[2] The song entered the 3rd place at Svensktoppen on 13 April 2008, and it stayed on the chart for eight weeks until 1 June 2008 peaking at #3. The Swedish single top 100, she peaked at #1 for 5 weeks, and left the charts after 19 weeks. Her position in the 'best of all time' is #503 with 769 points.


During the month of April and part of May, Perrelli went on a promotional tour through Europe. She visited Germany, Belgium, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and the Netherlands. The single was released to radio stations in those countries to which she competed in the semifinal.[3] She originally planned to visit Russia as well, but she didn't receive a visa in time and her tour there was cancelled.[4]

Charlotte Perrelli performing "Hero" for Sweden.

Perrelli made it through the semifinal on 22 May in 2008 Eurovision Song Contest due to the jury and competed in the final.[5] She competed as number 15, the same that she had in 1999, when she won with Take Me to Your Heaven.[6] However, she only managed to finish 18th out of 25 with 47 points compared to the winners 272.

Later, it was published that she hadn't made it to the top ten in the semifinal after all, but at place 12. But because of new rules in the contest, the "Jury's Choice" had been introduced and they had chosen Perrelli instead of Macedonian's entry.[7]

Music video

The Music video was shot in Stockholm on 14 April 2008, and the filming went on for two days. Among other shooting spots some of the scenes were filmed in the room of Globen Arena.[8] During the shoot Perrelli was assisted by a personal make-up artist and stylist, ten cameramen, and her sister, Kina Björk.[8]

The music video was officially released on 7 May 2008

Cover versions

Track listing

  1. Hero
  2. Hero (instrumental version)

Chart positions

Chart (2008) Peak
European Hot 100 Singles[10] 86
Finnish Singles Chart[11] 18
Swedish Singles Chart[12] 1
Danish Singles Chart[13] 24
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 65
Norwegian Singles Chart[15] 20
Hungarian Airplay Chart [16] 4
Turkish Singles Chart[17] 20

Year-end charts

Chart (2008) Position
Swedish Singles Chart[18] 1
Chart (2009) Position
Hungarian Singles Chart[19] 18

Release history

Country Date
Sweden (Download) February 2008
Sweden[20] 12 March 2008
Finland [23]
Belgium[24] Spring 2008
Netherlands [24]
China[25] Autumn 2008
Poland [25]
Hungary [25]


  1. ^ (in Swedish)Charlotte Perrelli vann finalen
  2. ^ ""Hero" har sålt platina - Nöje -". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  3. ^ (in Swedish)Nu intar Perrelli Europa (
  4. ^ (in Swedish)Ryska byråkrater stoppar Perrelli (
  5. ^ (in Swedish)Perrelli:Det känns helt fantastiskt underbart ( Archived 2008-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ (in Swedish)Perrelli drog sitt lyckonummer ( Archived 2008-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ (in Swedish)"Jag är inte det minsta ledsen" (Gö[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b (in Swedish)Charlottes lyxvideo ( Archived 2008-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Olle Kvarnsmyr (10 November 2018). "Linnea Henrikssons kupp" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ European Hot 100 Singles Chart
  11. ^ Lista - Suomen virallinen lista
  12. ^ - Charlotte Perrelli - Hero
  13. ^ - Charlotte Perrelli - Hero
  14. ^ Swiss chart w.22
  15. ^ VG-list week 22/2008
  16. ^ "Hungarian Airplay Chart". Retrieved 2008-09-11.
  17. ^ Turkish Top 20 Chart Archived 2009-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Swedish year-end chart 2008". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  19. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz.
  20. ^ CDON.COM - Nordens största butik på nätet Archived 2008-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Cdon.Com Archived 2008-04-22 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Cdon.Com Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Cdon.Com Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ a b c "Rekord Perrelli (". Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  25. ^ a b c Perrelli lanseras i Kina (

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