“See all your walls come down and just hit play”. And that’s exactly what we did when we caught up with Estonia’s Jüri Pootsmann at last week’s Eurovision PreParty Riga 2016. Don’t be fooled by his dark and serious staging. He may force himself not to smile in photos, but really he’s a whole load of fun. We talked about his voice, Elina & Stig, his plans for Stockholm and the Baltic Boys.
INTERVIEW: Jüri Pootsmann at the Eurovision PreParty Riga 2016
The 21 year old Idol and Eesti Laul winner didn’t always possess such deep vocals. In fact, he was a soprano in the choir and had to sit with the girls. “I just wanted to sit with the guys and sing low, but I just wasn’t able to sing low”, he says. Puberty sure hit hard!
Jüri Pootsmann “Play” at Eurovision PreParty Riga 2016
Speaking of his plans for Eurovision, the rising star spoke of the contrast between “Play” and his own personality. “In real life I’m not that serious. I think the song is kind of retro and mysterious — you can’t have another vibe in [the performance]. On Eurovision we’ll keep the same kind of style. Some surprises will be there as well”. However, he promises us that he can’t be mad or sad, and that it’s actually fun.
The Baltic Boys
Social media is awash with memes and gifs of the Baltic Boys — Jüri, Latvia’s Justs and Lithuania’s Donny Montell. Of course, we had to ask Jüri what he thought of the phenomenon, “I have to Google that. It’s exciting! I’m a Powerpuff Girl now… a deep voiced Powerpuff Boy”. Appropriately, the moment has already been made into a series of gifs (via It’s Just Eurovision Tumblr).
Are you impressed with Jüri’s performance and personality? Can he repeat Elina & Stig’s Eurovision success in Stockholm? Let us know below!
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