On a sunny day in Budapest last week, Freddie found the time to meet up for a chat in Costa Coffee (excuse the espresso machine) about his preparations for Eurovision, The Main Stage and his performance in Tel Aviv.
However he’s more nervous about getting to Israel than performing there! “I have never landed my feet on a plane, and that’s the thing that I’m nervous about”.
In fact, the run-up to Eurovision doesn’t seem to be fazing him at all, yet. “I’m not nervous, I’m excited. Even though sometimes I feel like I’m pretty overburdened, I don’t feel that tension yet. Which is going to change, of course.”
Freddie interview in Budapest
Reflecting on his A Dal victory, “It was a good feeling that it ended. Not because I didn’t like the whole show, but because it was exhausting. Not only for me but for everyone who made it up to the finals.”
But nevertheless, Freddie hasn’t let his focus slip. “I’m pretty much a maximalist. Which means I always find something that I have to do. But that’s what keeps you motivated. It’s what makes me feel like I have to do better and better. It encourages me.”
Freddie Interview at A Dal 2016
“We have a lot to do. Actually, things came in waves. When there’s a lot to do, it’s really a lot to do. After that you feel like you can take a breath and it’s really strange. I always feel like I must have forgotten something. It can’t be that I have some free time.”
He’s not even letting the competition distract him. “I’m much more interested in what they can do live. Because the studio versions aren’t relevant… What can they do live, on stage and under pressure? That’s what I’m really interested in.”