STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Anna Book, 45, disqualified from participating in the first round of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. After Aftonbladet.se’s disclosure that her song has already participated in the Moldovan tryouts last year, and then also published, forced SVT emphasize the contribution from the competition.
– I feel really sorry for her. This is horrible. She has been really loaded and worked really hard, says Ace Wilder,
– I think it’s so darn boring and sad for Anna. It is not her responsibility. I think it’s so boring. I wanted to go and buy flowers and chocolates to her, I feel so damn sorry for her. It’s so awful […] The affected as friends. For we are a community and we are still in this together, even if we are competing against each other, says Viktor Frisk.
Fredrik Kempe, composer for Samir & Viktor in the first Melodifestivalen heat, is offering to write a new song for Anna Book next year because he knows how much participation has meant to both Anna Book and lyricist Camilla Läckberg.
– I think very highly of Anna and Camilla and this situation. I know how much Camilla think this has been fun. I met her at breakfast this morning. I feel sad for them. I hope that they both will soon be back with again with something else. If so, then I will be there and write something, something that has not been released, he said.
On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter the support for Anna Book is big.
“Oh how I feel incredibly sorry for both Anna Book and Camilla Läckberg. They have both longed so much to get to compete in this year Mello”, writes Nanne Grönvall on Instagram.
Several fans also show their support of Anna Books Instagram:
“Hold your head high and run hard on Saturday. Even if you can not win the contest you can still win by reaching out to all your fans who would have voted for you, and it’s still important.”
“So damn sad, what humiliation you have been exposed. Hugs and good luck.”
“You have toiled, fought and charged for this but you’re still a winner. You are in our hearts and we are with you ”