Not ok: Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen hits out at her school day bullies on “Inte Ok”


She’s about to embark on her second season hosting one of Sweden’s most popular summertime music shows. But away from the bright lights of TV, Sanna Nielsen continues to work on new music. Her latest single “Inte Ok” landed just before Eurovision, and it just might be her most personal track yet.

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Written by Sanna herself, along with David Lindgren Zacharias (not to be confused with the Melfest star) and Olle Nyman, “Inte Ok” is not your typical Nielsen number.

Singing entirely in Swedish, the “Undo” popstar draws from real-life events, namely her high school days. Sadly though, she’s not looking back with rosy-hued nostalgia. In fact, Sanna endured a pretty horrible time with bullies. Speaking to Aftonbladet, the blonde beauty recalls the unpleasant experience and how she took inspiration from it:

It’s not an entirely easy subject to write about. I do not want to be a victim of it, there is substance in itself as committed, and so it happens here. And it was of course easier to write about it. You got a lot out feelings through it.

The song itself is slower than her Eurovision hit, less bombast more emotion. Nonetheless, it never veers into dirge territory and its mix of mid-tempo balladry and folk pop creates an almost anthemic quality. Which, in a way, is exactly what the occasional schlager diva set out to do.

I know I have children and young people who read my social media that suffer it each day at school. I wanted them to feel that this is not okay here either.

Sanna Nielsen “Inte Ok” (Studio Version)

Sanna Nielsen “Inte Ok” (Acoustic Version)

Fortunately, Sanna’s the one having the last laugh. The 32 year old has multiple chart smashes under her belt, including many Melodifestivalen classics. And later this month, she’ll grace TV screens all over Sweden as the hostess with the mostest on Allsång på Skansen. Over the course of eight weeks, she’ll welcome the likes of Robin Bengtsson, Danny Saucedo and Wiktoria.

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What do you think of Sanna Nielsen’s “Inte Ok”? Can you relate to the backstory? And will you be tuning into Allsång på Skansen? Let us know in the comments below.

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