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.

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vladimir
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vladimir

smart woman…

nabko
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nabko

@viescy yeaah that lyric remembered and simple 🙂 and catchy

viescy
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viescy

@nabko hahahhaha… you still remember lyric that song until now 🙂 love this song too

reant
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reant

@jefrey still my favorite eurovision’s song.. love intro this song

Jefrey
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Jefrey

Look Echo You and I voted as 2012 best Single world wide
http://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/marticle.php?id=3526

Congratulation Anggun

nabko
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nabko

in my dream..in my dream, in my heart, in my mind… there’s you and i..

jeunesse
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jeunesse

Un moment dans le concert elle? a dit des gens veulent me prendre en photo préparer les cméras 1,2,3 PFF …

sean dee
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sean dee

angguuuuunnn….so long time when you get to concert again at new york???

Anggun
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Anggun

My name is Anggun. I’m 15 years old. I remember when I was in elementary school, my teacher called me Anggun C Sasmi, I’m so happy. She’s my favorite singer, my inspiration. One of my favorite song is Anak Putih Abu-Abu. For me, that song is too old but I like it. Good to see her back to Indonesia. Okay, nice to know you all. I love your comments. greetings from Indonesia 🙂

michael
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michael

waaww anggun on bbc 🙂

boelies
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boelies

love her english accent

sugie
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sugie

to: anggun

i like your song, because you send massage? about love for nice or soft hard

rinai
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rinai

Anggun said the song was autobiographical. It’s about her? journey and love to her country 🙂

Deban Aderemi
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@ Wiwi, I disagree. The staging made the song more palatable. It had strong fashion, acrobatic, homo-erotic elements. Without a shadow of doubt, Anguun can sing and she exudes star quality from every pore. If there’s one thing France got right in 2012, it was the video and the production elements. The weakest link was the song itself. ‘Echo’ just didn’t measure up!

alexis
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alexis

I’ve been listening to Anggun songs since 1998. & they never get me bored! They’ve been verified for years. This is crazy!
She has the best songs & voice for? my? ear & heart!

dhanpuzil
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dhanpuzil

i still remember i watched Anggun’s music video on my local tv when i was still in elementary school. now im 24. time flies so fast,? and now she is so popular overseas. well done

franco lamberti
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franco lamberti

quando? una donna non è solo donna ma Femmina
ditemi dove è andato a finire? un fenomeno del genere!

johan
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johan

SUBLISSIME PRESTATION d’Anggun qui? méritée telelment mieux que cette sévère 22e position !!! pour une fois qu’une artiste été motivé à présenter une prestation alliant mise en scène, visuel, et chanson rythmée, et bien non ca ne plais toujours pas !!!! grrrrrrrr …. MERCI MILLE FOIS A TOI ANGGUN pour ses 3min de pure bonheurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!

marcaustria1
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marcaustria1

my personal eurovision winner
Je t’aime france et anguun

greeting from? austria

learn to rock
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learn to rock

amazing experience, she move on for her dream

gozzilac
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gozzilac

really hardcore Eurovision fans made her underestimated…

angelo
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angelo

my first favorite song at eurovision 2012 echo you and i 🙂

taufan
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taufan

@syakeera for judge x factor

syakeera
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syakeera

2013 anggun more in asia countries

biayanka
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biayanka

hmmmm..she never thought of music as a competition

deedee
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deedee

Love you Anggun :))) the golden pearl from the archipelago 🙂

lebbe hans
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lebbe hans

agree with you wiwi..Anggun is well-spoken, intelligent and honestm, deserve be UN ambassador

ananta
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ananta

@daniel @bosswaniva anggun way back home for Judge Indonesia’s X factor..

abdullah
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abdullah

alhamdullilah …anggun be back again after eurovision and old her fans be back too…come again to lebanon, love your french’s song ‘etre une femme’
your lebanon fans

bosswaniva
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bosswaniva

@daniel thank you daniel for the lyrics :).. seen her live concert at Sessions West 54th New York in August 1998 it’s very amazing voice : watch?v=pR-ycnIdaH8
in other interview she had to do things that were challenging…America awaits anggun return

daniel
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daniel

@bosswaniva a rose in the wind?? yeah this song tell about anggun’s journey for to get her dream and career appropriate with her interview on BBC, this lyric from a rose in the wind : I was born at daybreak / To the road I did take Trembling as the groung shakes / Under my feet Cracked in the stone heat Never ending motion / Way across the ocean Into your devotion / Long have I gone So far from my home What to do with this love that I’m in? I have given you all of my soul Flying… Read more »

joelpetey
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joelpetey

Well, that happens a little, but it’s not quite what I meant. I think the results may have been fixed a little.

Even with the neighbour voting, I still don’t believe no-one would have given France a point. Even Spain and Portugal who usually do, or Belgium? and Switzerland who speak French, or Britain who often give France something, or Indonesians living in Europe voting for their corner… seems suspicious. 🙂

shelley valencia
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shelley valencia

well she’s french now and? as a singer i agree nationality doesn’t shows the way they sing

ita ling
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ita ling

cute woman with pink dress

roberta maggio
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roberta maggio

Pocahontas? lady on BBC 🙂

pietro minniti
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pietro minniti

I love you Anggun, your voice is simply divine?

Biyand
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Biyand

ditemi dove è andato a finire? un fenomeno del genere!

loreent
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loreent

BBC presenter as same as preety with anggun

parquet johan
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parquet johan

two thumb up to her.. really hard worker woman, she build her careers from the bottom until success now and to be role model for us.

m papa
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m papa

Minusta Anggunin viisu on edelleen visuaalisesti se paras. Tuo ilmassa? liehuva kangas on upeannäköinen. Bravo!!

bonaventura
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bonaventura

inspirator of ASIAN Singer..^^..Best one of? ASIAN to EUROPE,,Fantastic!!!

rinai
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rinai

@rayhan ahhhaaa she speeling other strange language with “wwweeeewww wwweeewww”

nando
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nando

@oemar aziz agree europeans don’t know what is called a good music! She? deserved top 5…brazillians love her song

laura gomez
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laura gomez

She? was my second favourite to win because the first was Loreen 🙂
Très bien France!!!tojours bien 🙂

bearsca
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bearsca

@oemar aziz …yeaa i think too deserve top 5, french’s song is one of my favorite song beside euphoria..The whistling-type sound in the background and the other funky sounds couple so nicely with the acrobatics? and Anggun’s clothers, looks, voice and lyrics. 🙂

oemar aziz
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oemar aziz

still don’t believe grand final result for french’s song. Echo ( You and I ) is catchy song and original..deserve top 5 but after that anggun..you get more new fans greeting from Uni Emirate Arab 🙂

pasha
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pasha

simply amazing…

ryhan
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ryhan

hahaha this woman very funny, she say that “genetic modification” and her tongue expression “wweeeww weeeewww” ..anggun is very inspiring woman to others

eghy john
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eghy john

@futado i’m germany ..do you know schiller met anggun concert live 2012 at frankfrut and i’m enjoy it and get first row on top 🙂 , anggun singing ‘always you’ and ‘blind’ acoustic version check it : watch?v=MZp5ZN8shPc

futado
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futado

@eghy john yes agree very cool song although i don’t understand with lyrik this song 🙂 and where you come from friend? glad to meet you 🙂