She’s spent the week in Tbilisi, where she’s visited a German international school, walked around Tbilisi’s Old Town and done countless TV and media interviews.
And on Wednesday Germany’s Eurovision 2017 singer Levina took a break from her whirlwind tour to cosy up to wiwiblogger Rezo Mamsikashvili inside the luxurious Hotel King David.
Wearing a flowing plum tunic and a pair of spray-on black jeans, she cut a casual and elegant figure as she sounded off on everything from her song “Perfect Life” to its similarities with “Titanium” to her thoughts on Germany finishing last two years in a row.
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“For me a perfect life really means actually making mistakes and making positive things out of negative situations,” the blonde bombshell says. “For me it’s not one specific thing — it’s just how you go through life so it can be great for you, basically.”
And for Levina that meant throwing herself into music from a young age.
“I had singing lessons when I was nine years old, and also piano lessons. And I kept going with that. It was a classical education in the beginning, but then I started playing parts in musicals as well. More and more I got into pop and soul feelings. I started writing my own songs. And then in London I went to music college [to study music management]. I did a lot of music so I thought, ‘Well, it’s good to know about the business as well.'”
Part of the business is getting out there and making a name for yourself. Germany’s national selection presented a great opportunity to reach the masses.
“To be honest I just entered the competition and my main goal was to do a good performance and have fun. I thought, ‘Okay, it’d be great if I won it,’ but I didn’t expect it actually.”
Ultimately Levina didn’t have a say in which song she’d sing at Eurovision, as the public voted between the two choices. Was she pleased with the outcome?
“I really liked both songs, but they were very different. ‘Wildfire’ was more of a ballad, ‘Perfect Life’ was more of an upbeat song. I thought ‘Wildfire’ was the favourite of the people in the place, but then ‘A Perfect Life’ got selected.”
What does she make of the comparisons to David Guetta and Sia’s hit “Titanium”?
“I think I can understand that in the beginning there are similarities, but from when I start singing the song and the melody and the chorus, it’s all very different. I just make it my own and don’t worry too much about this kind of talks.”
She says that her revamp involved some subtle tweaks, mostly to make the song shorter than three minutes. The song in her Eurovision performance will be mightily similar to the one you all know and love.
Levina understands that Germany has struggled in the recent past at Eurovision. But the fact that Germany has finished last two years in a row means she can’t do any worse. Does that free her from pressure or increase it?
“It’s a bit of both. I don’t want to be on the last place and I think no one in Germany wants to be on the last place again, so I really want to do better. But in the end I’m still going in there with an open mind because in the end the audience will decide. I hope and I wish obviously to be higher up.”
She also let’s us know her favourites, which include Belgium’s Blanche. Want to know the rest? You’ll have to watch the interview above.
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