INTERVIEW MADAME MONSIEUR: O, it’s so great !
They came to Eurovision 2018 with a story. On Twitter, the two members of Madame Monsieur, Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas, learned about a baby named Mercy, born a refugee, on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. The sincere lyrics of their song were awarded our ‘Best… »
Izhar Cohen: Many, many things happened
Izhar Cohen (1951) was the first Israeli winner ever. He competed for his country in Paris in 1978 and won with the now iconic disco song A-ba-ni-bi. Still being a renowned and respected performer, he talks to Eurostory about the glory of it all – and the hardships. You are… »
IMRI: Let’s continue!
Imri Zev (IMRI, 1991) is the young Israeli singer, dancer, actor and model that participated in Eurovision three times. Twice as a backing singer – and then, in 2017, on the main stage, singing I feel alive. Eurostory spoke with him about the impact the festival had, and about his… »
PingPong’s Roy ‘Chicky’ Arad: I think if you win too much in life, you’ll become a bad person
He was responsible for perhaps the most talked-about Israeli Song Contest entry of all time: Sameyakh. A song with rather suggestive lyrics (‘I want to do it with him all day long’) and an act (flying the Syrian flag) that tormented many Israeli television viewers. Nineteen years later, he –… »
Czech Republic: Mikolas Josef talks to us about writing and reading
Can we talk about the lyrics of your song? Cool, I like that. Let’s get to it! Well, first question: what line do you like most? I was in the studio recording this and the moment I did: ‘I know you bop-whop-a-lu-bop on his wood bamboo’ and the sound engineer… »
JOWST: YOU HAVE TO GO OFF-ROAD
JOWST (stage name of Joakim With Steen, Norway, 1989) was a sound engineer in a well-known studio in Oslo, until he decided to quit his job to become the producer, composer and artist that he is now. He participated in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2017 with one of his… »
Running for your life – to join Eurovision
The extraordinary story of Fazla from Sarajevo
What would you give to participate in the Eurovision Song contest? ‘Everything’, an artist would say, but what does that really mean, ‘everything’? Muhamed Fazlagic (Fazla) and his band must have had an idea, when they ran for their lives across an airplane strip near Sarajevo, that night in 1993…. »
JAMALA: What does it mean to be number one?
With her unique and different song 1944 Jamala brought the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to Ukraine. The singer is known for her music, obviously, but also for expressing her opinion on matters that are important to her. We sent her seven difficult questions and Jamala was so kind as to… »
Ann Sophie: Letting go of the past (2)
In the first part of this interview, Ann Sophie talked about having to start over after her record label dumped her. And about the courage that it requires. PART TWO: ABOUT EUROVISION AND STAYING GOLD How much did Eurovision help you with all this? Well, it’s funny. When I was… »
Ann Sophie: Letting go of the past (1)
Ann Sophie’s path to Eurovision has been rockier than most. In early 2015 a German broadcaster organised a club concert. Ten undiscovered talents battled for a wild card that would get them into the German national Eurovision final. Ann Sophie won. Things also went really well during the televised Our… »