ITALY – Mika speaks about the contest in an interview with La Repubblica a few hours ago, in which ample space was given to the Eurovision adventure of the 38-year-old native of Beirut, who focused on numerous aspects.
He finally reveals it
I will also perform and I am thinking of a provocative performance. It will be a surprise. Eurovision is not just a show, it is like an Expo but concentrated in a few days.
Why didn’t participate
I don’t know, it never happened. But there are some things about Eurovision that I really liked. In England it has always been a sacred evening, first with the family, then in the pub with too many beers.
And then he remembers some songs from the past, such as Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a string” (UK 1967, winner), “Love Shine a Light” by Katrina & the Waves (UK 1997, winners) and “Fly on the wings of love ”by the Olsen Brothers (Denmark 2000, winners).
I remember when they came to sing at X-Factor in 2018 there I saw something very precise. I was shocked by the accuracy and attention to detail of the whole. This group understood the strength of detail and the strength of the collective gesture. I really like the precision with which they play, it’s all very very precise but then it can be a bit wild.
About Alessandro Cattelan and Laura Pausini
With Ale I have great laughs. Laura is a very hard worker. When I organized the benefit concert for Lebanon “I love Beirut” I called her 24 hours before she and I said: “If I get you the Colosseum, will you go there?”. She said yes right away and she worked until four in the morning. I feel very honoured to be part of this trio because I am not Italian but Italy and its musical and television culture have entered my heart.
I have always defended the idea of Europe. Despite having an American passport. Even in the era of the Enlightenment and Victor Hugo, what happened was possible thanks to the opening between borders. The darkest times in Europe were when there were raised walls. It is no coincidence that the Eurovision scenography will have a sun in the centre, a great light, an idea by Francesca (Montinaro, ed). A beautiful concept.
Between preferences and forced choices
I have a fondness for this Norwegian song about wolves and bananas, very funny. But I’m neutral, I can’t express preferences. In the songs, there are many oriental sounds. Even in the new piece of Ukraine, it’s a kind of Byzantine rap. (Referring to “Give that wolf a banana” by Subwoolfer and to “Stefania” by Kalush Orchestra)
They had no choice considering what was going on. In an extreme situation, a decision had to be made. There will be all of Europe, delegations from all countries, how can you ignore it when there is so much violence?
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