First she was our “7th Wonder” and now she can “Walk On Water”. Malta’s Eurovision 2016 singer Ira Losco dazzled at last weekend’s Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam. Before she took to the Melkweg stage, our William caught up with the two-time Eurovision star for a quick chat. In amongst the usual song contest chatter, Ira revealed that she’d love to host Junior Eurovision 2016. And we had a true “Walk On Water” moment as she worked out a tsunami survival plan — “Immersed In Water” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Ira Losco at Eurovision in Concert — Interview
wiwibloggs filmed a reaction video to your song and we were hyping you, because we loved you. Did it put extra pressure or expectation on you?
No, I always think like this — I never put extra pressure on myself, especially when I decided to take part again for Malta and everyone was like “Ok, so you’ve come second, so now what’s next?” and it doesn’t work like that. I placed second so now I have to place first? You know, it doesn’t work like that. This year the contest is so full of great songs. It’s full of musicians who are bringing so many different genres to the table with fresh sounds and it’s just great to be here. If we manage to make it into the top ten it will be amazing enough. It doesn’t need to be top five or top three, top ten is amazing.
Malta is often considered an underdog due to the country being small, yet the bookies have you so high. Do you think it’s realistic?
I think I can do it because I do believe in myself a lot and I do believe the song is a great song. I love being on stage and I love giving it my all. About the bookies — I’m not a person who would normally understand these things. It’s great to be ranked in that position but I don’t let it affect me or my performance.
Malta is one of the safer places in Europe — beautiful weather, no tsunamis, no terrorism yet… Where would you host Eurovision if you won?
If Malta had a tsunami, I don’t think it would be very safe! We wouldn’t be walking on water, we’d be immersed! The perfect spot for Eurovision would be something, ironically, on water. There is definitely a venue to host Eurovision and we do have amazing weather in Malta. Who wouldn’t want to be in Malta in May? The sun is shining 365 days a year!
Ira Losco “Walk On Water” at Eurovision in Concert
Junior Eurovision will be back in Malta this year. Can we expect an appearance from you?
I think that’s a great idea. I’d love to be there, so take note please! I would love to host the show.
What’s the most asked question you’ve had on this promotional tour?
Probably the differences between Eurovision 2002 and 2016 and what made me come back to Eurovision would be the most asked questions.
Is “Walking on Water” your first drum and bass song?
No, I’ve released my first single to my upcoming album called “Haunted By Love” and that’s a drum and bass song. I’m trying to carry on with the theme. On April 8 it was released by Warner Music Sweden. It’s quite a big deal. I’ve been told it’s doing quite well.
Being a Maltese artist and now known across Europe – it’s quite a big accomplishment!
Of course! The island is so small. But we have a lot to offer. We have a lot of sun, a lot of good food and a lot of good people – like me!