Philipp Kirkorov is rarely far from the spotlight. But recently, when his Instagram Stories weren’t updated more than two dozen times in a single day, Russian media MK.ru decided to check in and make sure he was doing OK during the ongoing pandemic.
After reaching out they found Philipp as opinionated as ever and enjoying some quality time with his children Martin and Alla Victoria. “My main life hack is constant children’s laughter,” he says, adding other go-to tricks for passing the time while the country stays at home: “playing football, swimming in the pool…putting my wardrobe in order.”
And naturally talk also turned to the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Philipp says there’s now “nothing to celebrate this year” and expressed his sadness for Estonia’s representative Uku Suviste. Philipp, along with the Dream Team, helped develop Uku’s winning Eesti Laul song “What Love Is.”
“Many countries have automatically extended the ‘mandates’ of the current participants for next year,” he explained. “But in Estonia they decided to make a new selection next year. And poor Uku was conveniently allowed to go not even to the [Eesti Laul] finals, which would be right, given his victory, but to the general semi-final. Such ‘mercy’ was given. I think that is very unfair.”
He said the decision was “not only insulting, but also annoying.”
And what news of Moldova’s Eurovision 2020 singer Natasha Gordienko, who he collaborated with on “Prison”?
“Nothing is clear here either,” the Russian king of pop says. “Moldova has not yet to announce its decision.
Philipp doesn’t seem particularly enamoured of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light — the Dutch broadcaster’s alternative programme for the night of May 16.
“On the one hand, it’s a good idea,” he says. “On the other hand, they said that there would be no competition, but just a show. And who needs ‘just a show’?”
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