Anggun Cipta Sasmi, the Indonesian-born beauty who represented France at Eurovision 2012, recently sat down with the BBC’s Mishal Husain to discuss her heritage, her rise to prominence and her experiences at Eurovision. As ever, Anggun is well-spoken, intelligent and honest—the same qualities she demonstrated for our readers at Eurovision in Concert and at the London Eurovision Party.
In the interview, which you can watch below, she dodges some rather aggressive questions from Mishal. The BBC presenter suggests it was embarrassing to finish 22nd, and that Anggun and her team did something wrong. Anggun bats that nonsense away. “I don’t think we made a mistake,” she says, adding that rankings don’t matter with music. “I never thought of music as a competition. For me, who can say this song is better than that one. It’s a personal sensitivity.”
“Even when I was there, us artists we were high-fiving each other, having drinks, listening to music. The competition was more between the countries, the delegations…The fact that there were really hardcore Eurovision fans. I underestimated the whole thing.”
The Eurovision questions being around 13:26 in the video below.