When Maria Yaremchuk arrived in London she had two goals: to give a good performance at the London Eurovision Party, and to shop till she dropped at London’s luxury department store Selfridges. We’re happy to report that she can tick both off of her list!

We caught up with the gorgeous Ukrainian in The Penthouse in London’s Leicester Square. She’s incredibly humble and says there is no secret to her beauty. But she’s quick to emphasize that she has not been surgically enhanced. “If I were to be a 60 year old woman and look like this that would be a surprise,” she tells us. “But nevertheless everything is natural.”

Maria also tells us about her song “Tick Tock”, which encourages all y’all to pursue your dreams.

“The main message is that tick tock is the sound of the clock, and the clock never stops,” she says. “Time goes on so you have to understand that your time is now and you shouldn’t waste your time. You should take what you have, take your love in your hands. If you’ve got your real love you should not let go.”

Given the climate in Ukraine, Maria has had a tough road to Eurovision. But she says she’s found strength in music. “It was hard morally because it was like a shock for everybody who lives in Ukraine and all over the world,” she says of the conflict. “But music is the thing which lives forever and it unites people. Actually we have to make music live and it doesn’t depend on the political situation. The art is stronger than politics I guess. It lives forever.”

The team from wiwibloggs.com are thinking of Maria and the people of Ukraine. We love you so much!

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Jacques!
Jacques!
7 years ago

She’s so smart, her answers, her perception of the competition, her vision on ukraine’s hard time. Wow.

Peccafly
Peccafly
7 years ago

omg shes cute 🙂 🙂 🙂

suzy will win
suzy will win
7 years ago

other than that, amazing interview

suzy will win
suzy will win
7 years ago

stop with the bronzo already

Jericho
Jericho
7 years ago

I’ve watched this twice now. She is just great. Great great great. And you guys laugh a lot which is cute 🙂

Superman123
Superman123
7 years ago

She is gorgeous!

Thiefo
Thiefo
7 years ago

Thanks Willy! (:

Marcelo N
7 years ago

I can’t get over her amazing courage, humbleness and attitude! I’m asking my “Eurofollowing” friends here across the world to watch the interview.
We engage in debate, fuss about whatever imaginable, distrust countries and participants, all sorts of stuff. But at the end of the day, what is this festival about? what should it be? THIS IS EUROVISION <3

Thiefo
Thiefo
7 years ago

I love her, alongside Albania, she’s my top favourite this year. Do anyone know the song she was considering to sing instead of Tick Tock? I can’t really understand her when she mentions it, and would like to search for it, I’m curious.

Marcelo N
7 years ago

OMG she was just so damn adorable!! It is moving to see such a young woman representing her country so proudly yet humbly. She struggled hard to convey her message, to communicate her ideas, all in a perfectly respectful way, and I believe she did great. The bit where she tells the story about the song she wrote and could have represented Ukraine’s situation better but was not allowed, that crushed my heart a little. She comes across as so sincere. Not to mention her beauty is mesmerizing… no: paralyzing!! But that’s just shallow futility, let’s focus on her beautiful… Read more »

Rashad
Rashad
7 years ago

She’s so cute, but she should stop lifting up her eyebrows. It makes her look weird.

Jericho
Jericho
7 years ago

That’s hilarious. Did you pay Sebalter to do that?!

Dhani
7 years ago

i love it in the end when sebalter plays his violine , during maria’s motivation speech