Eurovision 2012: interviews with Albania & Finland

Posted: 30/04/2012 in Eurovision 2012 Preview, Eurovision News

As promised I’m kicking off a series of interviews we had with a couple of artists at last week’s event in Amsterdam. I’ve been able to go and interview participating artists at the three most recent editions for Belgian website www.eurosong.be and now you can find them on here as well. We managed to get 10 artists in front of the camera & I’ll publish two per day. Today: Albania & Finland – allons-y!!

Albanian Rona Nishliu was one of the first artists to be available for interviews on the day but my selective self avoided her a bit as I felt there were others with more priority on my list. As luck would have it though at a certain point in the afternoon we had just finished the interview with San Marino and suddenly we saw Rona standing next to us, sipping a coffee. We didn’t want to be rude so we got her in front of the camera and started rolling and I have to say (drumrolls) I’m ever so happy we did. She was an absolute delight to talk to. Of course there was the usual rehearsed PR quatsch but she really said some interesting stuff and it made me listen to Suus with different ears. I now even start to like it, imaygine!I still wonder whether it isn’t too heavy for Eurovision though.

Next up is the complete opposite of Albania really. Pernilla Karlsson Has been leading my pre-Contest list for a couple of weeks now so I was keen on interviewing her but she somewhat let me down. Is it because she’s only 21? Is it because she’s not a morning person? Is it because she’s new to the music scene and hasn’t got much experience dealing with the press? Doesn’t make me love her entry any less though. Even her performance at night was a bit middle of the road but I’m sure that’ll be straightened out come Baku.

Tomorrow: Macedonia & Slovenia!

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