Last night the doors opened on the Eurovision Pre-Party in Riga, marking the official start of Eurovision 2018 promo season. Latvia welcomed participants and Euro-fans from all over Europe. Wiwibloggers Padraig and Chris attended, rubbing shoulders with the stars and grabbing several interviews along the way.
One of our top priorities? Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaité, who won Europe’s longest national final in Lithuania. She tells us all about the very long journey and helps us with the pronunciation of her last name.
Ieva Zasimauskaité: Riga Pre-Party Interview
Ieva will represent her native country with the ballad “When We’re Old”. But this is not her first time trying to fly the Lithuanian flag at Eurovision.
She tells us she wasn’t really planning on taking part in Eurovizijos 2018, as she had already been a part of it four years in a row. But after Vytautas Bikus, the writer of the song, called Ieva and told her that he had a song for that might win this year she went over to his house to have a listen. She fell in love and decided to try her chances for the fifth year in a row. She sure doesn’t regret that now!
Ieva tells us that even though she didn’t write the song herself she relates to the very personal story. It’s about a couple growing old together and she thinks of her husband while she’s singing.
When asked “what is old?”, Ieva says that she imagines the last moments of her life. And no matter what is happening with her in the twilight of her life, she wants to hold her husband’s hand. It’s adorable and very romantic.
Does she have a final message for all you fans out there?
“Don’t look at a country when you vote, just look with your heart. And if you like that song and if you like that artist, don’t think this is from [that country], I will not vote for it….Just be kind. We are making music here and we want to get out from those walls and get out of those wars and everything. Just vote how you are really feeling and with your heart.”
Do you think Ieva’s message is a good one? What do you think of her performance? And what are your thoughts on this year’s Lithuanian entry? Tell us in the comments section below.