Margaret on Melodifestivalen 2018: “What happens in my cabana stays in my cabana”


She’s one of Poland’s hottest pop exports who rose to fame in the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2016 with the viral hit “Cool Me Down”.

And today Margaret made it clear she’s ready to go global with the news that she’ll compete in the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018 in Gothenburg with the song “In My Cabana”.

“I have Swedish producers, a Swedish record label and Swedish friends,” she tells our man-in-Sweden Kevin. “I’ve been here so many times it feels like home for me.”

“But the main reason that I’m here is the God of Melodifestivalen liked my song — that’s the main reason.”

That god, of course, is Mr Christer Björkman, the head honcho of Melodifestivalen who will also help produce Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.

“It turned out that Christopher saw me somewhere on TV here in Sweden, and we prepared a song and they liked it. And here I am.”

We put the question to Christer himself a few moments later, and he was full of praise of the Polish hitmaker, saying that she has already made a name for herself in Sweden owing to her previous work. You can watch that interview here.

Cabanas — those huts or cabins that provide shelter at the beach or swimming pool — frequently feature scantily-clad ladies and gents. Will that dictate the vibe of the song?

“I’m really, really excited. It’s a great opportunity for me to perform my song ‘In My Cabana’ — and it’s a really cool song.”

“It’s a sexy song. It’s cocky, a little bit. It’s just about having fun and [isn’t concerned with] all the problems and saving lives and saving the world. Those three minutes…phew…it’s all good.”

She’s teamed up with an all-star writing team that includes Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Arash Labaf and Robert Uhlman.

Linnea, you’ll remember, co-wrote Eurovision 2015 winning song “Heroes” from Måns Zelmerlöw, while Arash is behind a number of bangers, including “Always” from Azerbaijan in 2009. It placed third.

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“The whole team is Swedish and it’s always been, so it feels very natural for me to be here,” the blonde bombshell tells us. “And I’m just excited about the performance. Melodifestivalan has been always so amazing show, and I’m just looking forward because that song deserves a great show.”

She’s been a busy bee in recent months, releasing songs like “What You Do”, which featured a funky video game music video. She isn’t ready to stop.

“There are a lot of things that are going to happen,” she says. “Sweden is just so dear to me.”

Finally, we just had to ask her what naughtiness happens in her cabana.

Clever and coy as ever, she doesn’t skip a beat: “What happens in my cabana stays in my cabana.”

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