On Saturday evening Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala wowed the crowds at London’s G-A-Y, proving that she can serve disco realness and Whitney Houston whimsy just as well as she serves her ethnic ballad “1944”.
Afterwards the Ukrainian singer and fashion icon caught up with wiwibloggers Deban and William for a quick chat outside of the Heaven nightclub.
Jamala was as chatty and friendly as ever, and it’s clear that winning Eurovision has not gone to her head. Her stilettos are still planted firmly on the ground.
“I think my life changed, everything,” she says. “I’m touring now. I had concerts in Europe — Latvia, Germany, Poland and now I’m in London!”
“I have many gay friends in Ukraine and they are really so special. They have passion and they’re free inside. They’re like my birds.”
As Eurovision fans excitedly await the announcement of the Eurovision 2017 host city, we just had to ask her where we are going next year.
“To Ukraine,” she says.
LOL. But where? And what about Odessa, which she recently praised for its beauty and serene atmosphere?
“Odessa is a nice place to relax, to walk…but I’m not sure that Odessa is ready to host it.”
Thank you to Eurovision fan and concert-goer @NichoolasGibb for filming!