Today we have the second semifinal participants giving their first press conference after their second rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. We will not stream them live as the network here is too slow but we aim to bring you faster than yesterday reports and videos of the press conferences.
NORWEGIAN PRESS CONFERENCE
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Margaret Berger represents Norway with the song “I feed you my love”. Margaret has been linked to sounding very similar to Bkork and The Knife with electro-pop songs in her back pocket to substantiate comparisons with these idols. Margaret is 27 years old and was born in Trondheim. She began to work within the music industry at the tender age of 5. In 2004 she was runner up in Norway’s “Idol”, then went on to release her debut album. Following on from her second dress rehearsal here in Malmo, Margaret told us a bit about when she was younger, she sang in a gospel choir when she was a child. Her father was a minister and he created the choir to keep the children happy on the small island.
Margaret sang one of her favourite songs “brighter day” which gave everyone something to be happy about. What is the song “I feed you my love” about? The answer was that for cowards there is no reward but the song is very loving and kind, the lyrics about a knife is not meant in the violent way. A journalist asked about why Margaret rejected previous offers to enter Melodi Grand Prix. Margaret replied that the competition has grown in popularity in Norway over the past few years and the difference previously was that she had been asked only to “perform” in the finals, but now in 2013 she was given this amazing song to take to MG 2013 and could not say no. After the second rehearsal Margaret commented that she felt very relaxed on stage, she loves to perform and really feels natural there, she is extremely happy with how everything went but also feels that the semi final will bring more emotion and power in to her performance. One of Alexander Rybak’ backing vocals is also backing singer for Margaret this year and was asked how she feels to be participating in the next Norwegian victory .. That got a lot of applause and we hope the best for Norway in their presentation in the semi final on Thursday.
ALBANIAN PRESS CONFERENCE
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Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko represent Albania with the song “Identitet”. Adrian aged 32 finished Law School he decided to dedicate more time to his passion – singing. In 2011 he released his first track in Albania and then followed that one with “Evoloj” was nominated for “Best rock and alternative” and “The best male artist”. His latest single is the duet with the songwriter and composer of the song “Identitet”, Bledar Sejko. Following on from their second dress rehearsal, Adrain & Bledar told us that their performance was “Perfect” and that they are very happy. The Swedish host asked what does “Identitet” mean? what is the story of the song? The composer speaks about Identity, freedom, brotherhood and unity. Albania had 26 songs that took part in the festival which selects it’s Eurovision entry back in December 2012 and the public voted for Adrian & Bledar and they hope that the faith in which the Albanians have in them will be successful for Albania. Adrian & Bledar were asked how they prepare for a live performance? We practise together, sing a lot but our professionalism is what makes us ready. Adrian was asked who he would give his “Douze” points to? Either Ukraine or Greece would be the choice. Adrian’s idol growing up was “Doors” and he gained a lot of experience and inspiration by listening to this style of music. Bledar can sing live, his experience over the past 20 years with the revolving rock scene in Albania has now meant popularity to his style. Albania closed their press conference by thanking the Swedish organisers for an amazing time and experience. They are very happy. Good luck to Albania on Thursday night in the semi final.
ROMANIAN PRESS CONFERENCE
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Cezar is representing Romania with the song “It’s my Life”. Cezar is considered by critics to one of the most talented contrateneurs of his generation due to his ambitious and special vocal techniques. His repertoire is very large, from vocal-symphonic music to a great variety of opera roles that he plays on the largest stages in the world. Born in 1980 in Romania, Cezar Ouatu started studying canto and baroque music and soon became well known due to his exceptional vocal limits.
Following on from their second dress rehearsal here in Malmo, Cezar was asked how he came to be representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest? .. He replied by saying “He received a message from his producer whilst on vacation in Puerto Rico with the proposal, he was a little unsure because he is an opera singer and didn’t know how this would be received in Eurovision, but after 2 days he accepted the offer to go to the Romanian National Final.”
Cezar said that his final dress rehearsal went very well and he is excited to sing his “extreme” song in the semi final on Thursday. He then sings one of the most beautiful “aria” that he knows and loves .. His operatic talent really was shown in this performance. Cezar jokes that he slept with “Vivaldi” which created many laughs here in the press centre. Cezar is now known as the “eggman” in Romania because of his family name (Ouatu) which translates as “egg” – this was a big joke in Romania around Easter time. One of the journalists asked why he shaved his chest hair off for his performance today? Cezar replied he wanted to be more elegant and professional on stage and so he decided to shave it off, although he would need to recharge his shaver to continue tomorrow! Again this brought many laughs to the press centre. Finally he was asked if his song was meant to be a joke or was it really a serious entry from Romania? His reply was “It is a very serious entry from Romania, my aim is serious, the song is extreme and we are here to maintain our reputation and the hopes of winning for Romania. Finally audience participation was requested by Cezar. The challenge was to see if anyone could sing “It’s my life” or not. One of the Dutch
journalists then stood up and did a very good attmept .. Cezar was impressed and the journalist received a t-shirt for his efforts. This concluded the Romanian press conference. Good luck to Romania in the semi final on Thursday.
GEORGIAN PRESS CONFERENCE
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Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani represent Georgia with the song “Waterfall”. Nodi Tatishvili was born in 1986 and graduated from Tbilisi Musical School and Georgia’s Technical University. He also studied in London for 1 year at the Institute of Contemporary Music. Back in Georgia in 2011, Nodi released his debut album “I am Georgian”. Sophie Gelovani was born in 1984 and studied piano at the Musical School. In 1999 she won the TV musical project “Morning Star” and then in 2000 gained the first place at an international musical contest in Armenia.
Following on from their second dress rehearsal today, Nodi & Sophie say that everything is “Perfect” and good. Nodi and Sophie love their song so much, very beautiful melodi and Nodi thanks Thomas G:son from the bottom of his heart. Georgian television approached G:son to ask if he would compose a song for their national final and so the marriage between Georgia and Sweden began. Nodi and Sophie were asked how they will prepare for their semi final performance .. They answered by saying “To sing with our whole heart” and then sang Waterfall to us all in the conference. This got a very good applause. Georgia is now favourite for the title but is Georgia ready for this? Nodi replied that Tbilisi is ready but the most important thing is to gain love from our nation and to have love. Also to have a lot of friends from Eurovision. Nodi and Sophie then moved on to sing one of their favourite Georgian songs … this got a huge roar of cheers and applause, these singers are very proud to be Georgian.
The Swedish host asked if Sophie and Nodi were in love .. Nodi replied … Sophie is married and has a child – the conference hall erupted in laughter, but that put an end to the big question that was on a lot of peoples minds. Final question from the press was, would Nodi and Sophie continue to sing together after Eurovision or go back to solo careers .. The answer came back that they would do both .. Duet and Solo careers. Good luck to Georgia in the semi final on Thursday.
SWISS PRESS CONFERENCE
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Takasa are representing Switzerland with the song “You and Me”. Takasa comes from Swahili and means “to make pure”. Takasa is made up of 6 musicians who are very passionate about music and belief strongly in God. True to their motto “Together we’re one” this group – featuring the oldest Eurovision contestant ever. The band consists of Sarah Breiter (21), Christoph Jakob (31), Katharina Hauri (46), Emil Ramsauer (95) & Michel Sterckx (47).
Following on from their second dress rehearsal, Takasa joined us in the conference hall. The Swedish host asked why Takasa changed their name? The answer was because of the EBU regulations and so they had to think of a new package again, change the clothes and the theme. The new name was chosen from a large list of proposals which came from many sources, but in the end they selected a positive message. Emil was asked how his life has been.. 95 years old, he replied “do you have a few minutes” he is making history by being on the Eurovision stage and tells us that “he never thought he would get that old”, was it a childhood dream to come to Eurovision? .. Well he is older than the contest itself and was in his late 20’s when the contest started, but he tells the journalists that he is not nervous on stage. Emil was asked if he would like to go to the Euroclub tonight, he replied and said “I don’t think so”, normal bedtime for Emil is 9.30pm.
Takasa complimented the Swedish organisation and are just enjoying the moment in Malmo, they are all part time musicians so the key for them is to have fun. It is a huge honour to represent Switzerland and the group is like a family on stage, they learn a lot from each other. Finally, Takasa invited everyone to come and join them tomorrow at the ESC village to hear them sing a mini concert. Good luck to Switzerland in the semi final on Thursday.