Lizi Pop—real name Lizi Japaridze—has already emerged as a fan favourite to win Junior Eurovision 2014. Her song “Happy Day” starts off delicately before revving up to a powerhouse chorus. It has an anthemic quality and a positive message: keep it happy, people! Eleven-year-old Lizi recently caught up with our Georgia correspondent Rezo Mamsikashvili. Here are the highlights.
Hey Lizi! What does representing Georgia at JESC mean to you?
It’s a big responsibility. I’ll be representing Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014. When I heard this amazing news I didn’t sleep all night. I really want to represent my country well at Junior Eurovision.
With just five weeks until Junior Eurovision how are you feeling?
Distracted, of course! Me and my friends who will be on stage with me have been entrusted with a big responsibility. We have a very challenging schedule of singing, dancing and preparing for a video shoot. But we’re feeling happy, because we know that an unforgettable week in Malta is waiting for us.
What is your song “Happy Day” about?
This is a message to all children around the world: that every day should be filled with joy and happiness.
What was the inspiration behind “Happy Day”?
It was my idea. I wanted the song to be kind, beautiful and memorable. For all of these things, composer Giga Kukhinidze helped me.
Some people have compared your song to “Wrecking Ball”, mainly because of the powerful chorus that follows a quiet opening. What do you think about that?
However many people there are, there are as many opinions. I have great respect for Miley Cyrus, but I think that my song is different. Of course, new songs are compared all over the world all the time.
Your real name is Lizi Japaridze. Why did you choose the stage name LIZI POP?
A lot of singers have a lot of pseudonyms. I decided that it’s easier to remember ‘LIZI POP’ and I added my favorite music genre – Pop.
What is your favourite musical genre?
I love pop and jazz, and I always listen to classical music at bedtime.
What are you doing when you aren’t singing?
Having fun with friends, listening to music, watching movies and dancing. I also read a lot.
What do you expect from your time at Junior Eurovision 2014?
I expect to love it and become acquainted with new friends from JESC 2014. Also, I’ll try not to disappoint JESC Georgia fans.
What is your favourite song from Georgian JESC songs History?
It’s difficult to highlight all the songs—I like every single one. Each has a peculiar charm and pleasure.
Do you have any favorite song from the Junior Eurovision History?
It’s difficult to separate. But my favorite songs are performed by JESC Georgian contestants.
Will be this your first time in Malta?
Yes, I’ll travel to Malta on November 9. I’ve read up on it a lot via the Internet and I saw everything. Now, the main thing is to go there and see the place for myself!
Do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Watch Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and Make your choice,We’ll sing for you!