The UK have had a horrid time at Eurovision recently. They consistently rank towards the bottom of the leader board, with even the well-regarded Molly Smitten-Downes failing to live up to expectations. However, it was a different story back in the nineties. The country usually earned very respectable scores, most notably in 1997 when they won the contest with Katrina & The Waves.

The band has since split up, but their front woman – Katrina Leskanich – is keeping busy. She was one of the headline acts at the recent London Pride celebrations, where wiwibloggs correspondent, Deban Aderemi, caught up with her for a quick chat.

Katrina is still very much part of the Eurovision world, but despite this she revealed that she would never take part again. In 1997 she did it for fun, now she feels it has become too corporate. She also ruled out a future reunion of the band, stating that it’s just her now as the rest of the group are happily retired. She also briefly discusses her Melodifestivalen experience, and the new jukebox musical inspired by the band’s eighties smash, “Walking On Sunshine”.

You can see Katrina perform her Eurovision winner, “Love Shine A Light”, below.

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Iain
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There can’t ever be a competition that is solely based on song as long as it is broadcast on TV. People are always going to have staging and clothing etc as a deciding factor and as music evolves that is becoming more and more the norm. If you want a song competition based solely on song and voice then maybe organise a radio version?

João Teles
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João Teles

She’s right and this is one of the main reasons why i’m extremely disappointed with the ESC Comunnity in the last few years, people seem to care more about clothing, make-up, how beautiful the person is and all that stuff instead of the actual song and performance, which makes me not wanting to be part of this community at all, people really seem to care about minimal stuff, instead of actually having a good time with the music, so singer X had a less good vocal performance, big deal? woop-dee-doo. So Singer Y has a ”weird” costume which you guys… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

It ends up being a failure when they go back … and I don’t need to give any examples to justify that. If one does not want to take part again after having won once, who are we to judge them on their decision? Back to the video two observations: the sound was incredibly crappy I had a hard time to listen to it properly and when Katrina explained what for all of us has become more than a evidence (that ESC is never about the music itself but about the image and other stuff) … I could swear I… Read more »

David
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David

Really, anyone who has won ESC once shouldnt enter again. If they dont win it is considered a failyure no matter what.