Rykka may have been born in Canada, but she is taking Switzerland by storm. Owing to the strength of her voice and her edgy song “The Last of Our Kind”, she’s emerged as the favourite to win Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, Switzerland’s national selection for Eurovision 2016.
She caught up with wiwibloggs during the Christmas holidays and told us all about her stage name, what it was like being a busker in Vancouver, her love of Tina Turner, and, of course, her Eurovision song.
“The message is stand up for love in hard times,” she says. “You can always be standing up for love when everything is nice and rainbows and unicorns. But when stuff gets hard, that’s the most important time to be strong and stand for what you believe in.”
She also reveals that she wore a trash bag to Switzerland’s Expert Check — the round where 19 hopefuls were whittled down to just six.
“I made the top out of garbage bags, and the bottom part I just got second hand in a thrift store. It also really looks like garbage bags, so I’m just wearing a big giant garbage bag.”
The song came organically and quickly — and with the contest looming in the background.
“All throughout we were writing for Eurovision and we kept that in mind and put in the key changes,” she says. “It somehow, with all the tweaks, just slowly became what it was.”