Back in February she fought off competition from nine other acts at EMA to win Slovenia’s ticket to Eurovision 2016.
And now ManuElla is ready to bring Nashville flair to Stockholm with her country-pop number “Blue and Red”.
Despite a busy schedule, which involves running on a treadmill and singing at the same time, ManuElla took time out to catch up with wiwibloggs last week.
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A vision in red: Slovenia’s #Eurovision2016 singer @manuellamusic will sing “Blue and Red” in #Stockholm this May. But she’s already giving us plenty of reason to pause and take notice, as seen in her sizzling #Eurovision promotional photos. For this shot she slipped into a stunning red gown with several thigh-high splits. She showed her saucy side with sky-high heels with intricate lacing that snaked up past her ankles.
The Slovenian stunner explains that the song is based on a difficult relationship from her past.
“I was so blindly in love that I didn’t realise I wasn’t happy,” she says. “He tried to change me and manipulate me.”
The colours in the song title refer to the moods she experienced while with him.
“One is blue — and it’s the sad one, it describes bad moments in our relationship. And the other is red — the colour of love and happiness that I felt in this story. At the end I don’t care for these two situations. I choose only the red one for me, but he can stay blue if he wants to.”
Interview with Slovenia’s ManuElla
And what about the big costume change toward the end of the song, when she transforms from white sailor to glorious red sequin diva?
“I wanted to show that I’m changed and released at the end, and somehow it worked on the EMA stage.”
Although she’s flattered by comparisons to Carrie Underwood and her song “Something in the Water”, she’s less impressed with the suggestion that she copied anyone. “Blue and Red” is most definitely original material.
“I would never copy a song…I am a very imaginative person and I have my own taste for music.”
She also explains that the songs occupy the same pop-rock genre, which is defined by a certain range of chords and instrumentation.
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