Wiwi and Vebooboo were thrilled that France’s Anggun took time to speak with us at Eurovision in Concert this morning. This Indonesian-born beauty talked about the meaning of her Eurovision entry, “Echo (You and I),” what it was like working with Danish heartthrob Niels Brinck on an English-language version of “Echo,” and her love of […]
Rambo Amadeus, who describes himself as “one of the most prominent cult figures on the ex-Yugoslav music scene,” made a name for himself as a musical freedom fighter. In 1989, with the communists still pulling the strings in Yugoslavia, the Montenegrin singer penned “Cataclysm of Communism” — a rebellious song that authorities renamed “America and […]
Rambo Amadeus, who describes himself as “one of the most prominent cult figures on the ex-Yugoslav music scene,” has a knack for provocation. Amadeus—real name Antonije Pusic—made a name for himself serving up witty lyrics and crude satire. He has, at times, mocked everything from local politics to ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia. As part of […]
Joan Franka won Holland’s Nationaal Songfestival on February 26. In the weeks that have followed, Eurovision fans have praised her soulful voice and touching lyrics, while naysayers have criticized her for wearing a Native American headdress on stage. Joan, 21, recently took some time to speak with wiwibloggs via e-mail about her Turkish roots, her […]
Over the past month Gaitana has survived Ukraine’s national Eurovision selection—and racist slurs from a right-wing politician. Despite her busy schedule and the ongoing controversy, she recently took some time to speak with wiwibloggs. In her first English-language interview, she discusses her Eurovision entry “Be My Guest,” her dream of creating a women’s high heel […]
As part of Wiwi’s day job, he sometimes gets to write about Eurovision. As such, he recently interviewed Ukraine’s Gaitana, who has become embroiled in a high-profile war of words with a conservative politician. You can read the full story on TIME.com by clicking here, or you can read the cut-n-paste story below. The story […]
On January 21 Soluna Samay won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2012, and the right to represent Denmark at Eurovision. Born in Guatemala, Soluna didn’t move to Denmark until 2000, when she was ten years old. That was the same year Denmark’s Olsen Brothers won Eurovision. “I saw these guys win for Denmark and I couldn’t […]
Drag artist Conchita Wurst—born Tom Neuwirth—has emerged as a favorite to win Austria’s national selection for Eurovision 2012. She recently spoke with Wiwi via e-mail about gender and her Eurovision entry “That’s What I Am.” Here are the highlights of our conversation.