Amsterdam was awash with stars last weekend, as performers from all across Europe jetted in for the annual Eurovision in Concert. Amongst them was Ukraine’s Jamala. The “1944” singer caught up with our William before the concert and filled us in about her plans for Stockholm, including her search for the perfect dress.
Jamala at Eurovision in Concert — Interview
We’ve spoken a lot about your song and the international reaction, but what’s the reaction been among Ukrainians? How do they respond to “1944”?
Oh, they love it! They also made a lot of covers of the song, which you can find on YouTube. It’s really lovely to hear your song but in a different style.
Jamala “1944” Cover
Ukraine has had a difficult time in recent years. Does that add pressure to you or do you feel like you representing your country is more important now?
It’s a big honour for me to represent it nowadays, because I can show the high level of the Ukrainian music. In the last two years, my country become known for the war and the revolution, but I want to show you another side of Ukraine. Like the fashion, for instance. This Monday, we will reach a final decision regarding what I am going to wear on stage in Stockholm. As you know, Vogue Ukraine made a call for designers for this purpose. I hope to have four dresses in Sweden, so I can choose my outfit on the spot, depending on the stage, the lighting and so on.
What style to do you want for your dress? because your song carries an important message.
Yes. Of course, I want to be a little sexy. Perhaps it doesn’t sound good to want to be sexy with this sad story, but regardless, I want to be sexy, but serious at the same time.
Done! Jamala was both sexy and serious later on when she took to the Melkweg stage. Donning the same black outfit she wore during the Ukrainian semi-final, she delivered yet another stirring performance.