After winning Wer singt für Österreich? back in February, Austria’s Zoë quickly emerged as a fan favourite. She solidified this status on Saturday, when she delivered one of the stand out performances at Eurovision in Concert. Earlier in the day she spoke with wiwiblogger Denise about everything from her love of the French language to treadmills.
Zoë at Eurovision in Concert 2016 — Interview
A lot of Eurovision fans don’t speak French, so could you tell us what your song is about in English?
“Loin d’ici” is about a way to an imaginary paradise. What I think is important and what we want to do with the song is present a positive feeling and a positive vibe. You don’t have to understand the lyrics – just feel the music and you will enjoy it. There are a lot of English songs that I love and I don’t listen to the lyrics because I get lost in the feeling of the song and that’s what we want to do. Everyone has a right to their interpretation and I have my own too.
Do you think there will be an English version of “Loin d’ici”?
Maybe one day but I don’t want it to be forced. It has to come naturally and then it’ll be alright. Maybe it’ll happen but I can’t tell you for sure. Maybe some day.
Zoë “Loin d’ici” at Eurovision in Concert 2016
Would you ever consider singing for France, who seem to always sing in French at Eurovision?
I’m from Austria. Austria is my country and I’m proud to represent my country. I don’t want to say anything wrong right now but I love France and I don’t feel like a tourist when I go there and I feel very comfortable. Right now I’m representing Austria and I’m very happy that Austria are letting me sing in French. I’m happy and glad!
About your performance — the treadmill! You had to walk through the whole performance. How was that?
The treadmill is not a problem. It will be a part of the show but it will be much wider. It was very small and I couldn’t see anything because of the fog everywhere so I was pretty scared of falling. We have treadmill practice every day so now I feel a lot more comfortable. I can walk with my eyes closed. I’m not scared of the treadmill anymore.
Will you stick with the fairytale staging you had in your national final?
The staging will be less pink and less fairytale but still very dreamy with lots of bright colours!