French satirical TV show “Le Petit Journal” is known for posing direct and sometimes embarrassing questions. As part of its Eurovision 2016 coverage in Stockholm, its reporter didn’t hold back, asking contestants a series of politically loaded questions. From Russia vs. Ukraine to Armenia vs. Azerbaijan, this has drama written all over it. Thankfully our Eurovision stars hold their own — the extended promo season wasn’t just about perfecting their performances…
For starters, LPJ ask several singers — including Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan and Bulgaria’s Poli Genova — about their least favourite act in the contest.
Iveta won’t have any of it: “You know there is so much passion inside and everybody is very unique so you cannot say that. I think it’s not nice to say that.”
Poli is even more froid: “Sorry, I can’t help you.”
Only Spanish backing vocalist Alana Sinkëy throws shade, saying that “Loin d’ici” is her least favourite because it reminds her of the soundtrack to a nightmare.
Eventually the interviewer turns to Jamala and Sergey.
Jamala points out that the contest is somewhat political, saying that everyone waves their national flags. When asked about Sergey, she admits that the relationship between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations was a little cold. Accepting the difficulty of the situation, she asks, “What can we do?”
Sergey states that he hoped that Russia would compete at Eurovision 2017 held in Ukraine.
Perhaps the most heated exchange comes when the interviewer asks Armenia’s Iveta and Azerbaijan’s Samra about their feelings toward each other.
“Don’t ask me this question please,” Iveta says. “I like everyone.”
“Everyone is good in his own way and I don’t want to answer this question or any other questions.” She then ends the interview.”
Samra doesn’t seem keen to discuss the matter either. When asked whether she likes “all” of the other candidates she says, “Lots of them.”
Interviewer: “What do you think of the Armenian candidate?”
Samra: “You want to talk about what? The song?”
Interviewer: “The song.”
Interviewer: “And the candidate?”
Samra: “Where are you from?”
Samra: “France. Let’s talk about Amir. Yeah?”
You can watch the entire video on Canal Plus.