She’s the only singer ever to sing in Crimean at the Eurovision Song Contest. And since then Jamala has made her big name even bigger, performing around Europe and maintaining a strong connection to the contest. Recently the Eurovision 2016 winner sat down for a chat with Wiwiblogger Katie over Skype. They discussed her new single “Solo|” as well as the filming of the high-fashion music video. We asked her thoughts on Maruv and those “uncomfortable questions” from journalists — and boy, did she spill the tea!
All of the drama from Vidbir left Eurovision fans wondering whether there was any tension between Jamala and Maruv.
But Jamala clarified for us that she supports Maruv and there is nothing but camaraderie between them. “She is a really good performer and honestly we are friends.”
“I was upset that some Eurovision fans blame me for the fact that Maruv did not participate. I can say right now that I had nothing to do with it and that I support her.”
Jamala is upset that Maruv did not sign that infamous contract, but recognises that it was Maruv’s decision not to sign.
“I think she would have looked really great there — I think she had a really good song. I gave her five points and I really helped her sing it. I gave her some advice about how to sing more strongly. I told her to put in the guitar and she did. I said it in the Semi Final, and as you know, she was the winner of the National Selection.”
Following her meme-tastic comments during the Vidbir Final, Jamala is the latest in a line of Eurovision stars to call out the gruelling schedule during Eurovision week, especially in regards to press interviews.
“Honestly, in my opinion, that is the hardest thing about Eurovision. Not to sing, not to perform, to give interviews every time. There’s a lot of interviews and you have to be ready to answer any question.”
Jamala was all too happy to tell us about her new single “Solo” and why she loves it: “I listened to it and I said ‘wow, what a great song’. It’s an anthem! For some, it’s about being okay with being alone, for others it’s about saying goodbye… ‘Solo’ for me is a really deep and meaningful song”.
She also revealed that the “Solo” music video is her favourite so far. She explains her three looks for the music video and the symbolism behind them. Her pink costume represents a woman’s sensitivity, while her red outfit symbolises a strong, independent woman. Her final artsy look is all about elevating yourself and becoming a better version of what you once were.
Jamala has promised that she is working on new music in both English and Ukrainian. She is also planning collaborations with hip hop artists — we can’t wait to hear what she has to offer next.