It’s been five days since Loreen premiered “Statements” at the last semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2017 and everyone is still talking about it. The other-worldly sound, the art house performance, the haunting visuals — all of that is being discussed, but also the fact that Loreen is going to Andra Chansen. One person who has not spoke up, however, is Loreen herself. That ends now. In an extended interview with wiwibloggs, the Swedish artist touches on all these issues and much more, showing her tender side and kind spirit.
“Statements” is easily the most talked about song and performance of Melodifestivalen 2017. Our Wiwi Jury gave it an overall score of 8.37, placing it at the top of the rankings, at least for now. It’s created such a buzz that we simply had to sit down with Loreen in Stockholm, and our man Kevin Lee was more than ready.
The Eurovision 2012 winner was gracious enough to share what she felt when she didn’t make it direkt til final, the meaning of “Statements”, her new album and even her bisexuality. And to finish it off on a lighter note, she agreed to play karaoke tag with Kevin in a restaurant full of people. She’s a woman of our own heart.
How does she feel about going to Andra Chansen?
I don’t want people to misunderstand my reaction. Standing there, I was [facing] not only my own fear. All the other artists around me are so afraid at that point, about what is going to happen — Am I worth something? Why am I doing this?…Looking at the other creators, I was thinking, “My God, they’re putting us through hell right now!” Seeing me stand there might have been perceived that I was disappointed. I actually thought that I would go out. With this performance being so specific and with the song being very different, I was just hoping to get another chance to sing it. I’m not doing this to win. I’ve already done that. I’m doing this for another reason.”
What does “Statements” mean to her?
I have been told that people will never understand this. I was, like, why do you have such a low opinion of people, like they’re stupid? I don’t think they’re stupid, I think they’re effing smart. I’m out there playing at my shows and I can tell. I’m one of them. It’s just a question of knowing what to do. We have this situation with the establishment and everyone is afraid. We wonder if anyone here is strong enough to give us some hope. So I think that if you have the guts and an opportunity, why not use it especially now to spread hope and power?
What about her new album?
The sound on this album is going to be a bit different. It became that somehow. It’s very Woodstock inspired, very low-fi. Why? Because of the whole situation in the world. It will be a completely new chapter, with a very specific focus on the human, the human values, what I feel is important today. I didn’t plan it to be this way, it became that.
On coming out as bisexual.
It’s such a boring thing to label people. Love is such an amazing thing, it’s so big and powerful. Sex is just a little part of it. If you need to label it, fine, but do I label myself? No. I like men, I like women. I like everybody. [laughs]
Loreen will face off against Anton Hagman in the fourth and last duel of Andra Chansen this Saturday.
What do you think about our interview with Loreen? And what about her chances to eventually advance to the Melfest final with “Statements”? Last but not least, how would you rate Loreen’s karaoke performance of “Beauty and the Beast” at the end of our interview? Let us know in the comment section!