During the XII edition of culture festival “Ukrainian Spring” in Poznań, Poland – Jamala, the winner of 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, played a concert. In 2016 she won Eurovision with a song called “1944”, telling Europe about the Crimean Tatars that during the Second World War were evicted by Stalin to Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, where Jamala herself was born and brought up. She came back to her homeland after the USRR disintegration. On May 11 she performed in the Great Hall of Culture Centre “Zamek” in Poznań. Our editor Kamil had been honoured to talk to her. Soon we’ll publish a short photo report from the event, but now we invite you to check out the interview with a former ESC winner – read carefully!
PFE: Hello, Jamala! As Eurovision fans we’d like to know first if you’ve heard this year’s songs as Eurovision 2019 is beginning next week. Do you have any favourites or you don’t know the songs yet?
Jamala: It’s really hard to say now, because I love watching semi-finals and final and then decide. You know, the audio format is good – we can hear it’s fine or understand it really sounds clean, but I really need to see performance on the stage: the singers, their characters, their emotions, what they want to say and what they feel in that time, you see. That’s why it’s really hard, it’s really hard to say. I know the Portuguese song sounds unusual. Let me think… Armenia! Sweden, of course – they sound good every year, like superstars! (laugh).
PFE: Poland is represented by a folk band called Tulia…
Jamala: Yes! I actually think that Poland’s representative every year is in good quality: both the singer and the song; but sometimes we need something more. It’s only my opinion – but maybe for someone it sounds so traditional, maybe it’s not so modern now. But who knows, who knows – it’s Eurovision. That’s why I love this contest: because nobody really knows who can be a winner, even the bookmakers make mistakes.
PFE: There have been rumours that Michał Szpak, who competed in 2016, wants to actually come back. Do you think he should do so?
Jamala: What can I say – good luck to him! We have a rule that we can compete several times, but for me it’s enough! (laugh)
PFE: Talking of comebacks: there is a guy called Laud, who’s competed in the Ukrainian national final twice and he was actually in your team in The Voice. Do you think he should go to Eurovision in the future?
Jamala: I think so. He’s a great singer! But he needs to write a great song, because Eurovision is about a song and a performance. As I said before, it’s about character and emotion. It’s good if it works together.
PFE: For the end: it’s not your first time being in Poznań. Do you have any favourite places here?
Jamala: Oh, I love being with people from here! I don’t have any favourite place yet, but I can say it’s really really cute and nice to be here. For me it looks like a movie decoration!
We’re grateful for the interview and we wish everything the best to Jamala for the future!
Eurowizję oglądam od dziecka, a moje pierwsze wspomnienia to występy Annet Artani i Kate Ryan z 2006 roku. Z zainteresowaniem Eurowizję śledzę od marca 2014 roku, kiedy przypadkowo zobaczyłem stawkę konkursową. Zauroczyłem się wtedy w historii Eurowizji – jej dawnych latach. Moim ulubionym utworem jest “1944” Jamali. Szczególną sympatią darzę: Skandynawię, Ukrainę i Wyspy Brytyjskie i kraje niemieckojęzyczne. Na co dzień uczę się w I LO w Inowrocławiu na profilu społeczno-prawnym.