VICTORIA gives our Diego an exclusive interview about Bulgaria's Eurovision 2021 song, "Growing Up Is Getting Old"

All eyes are on VICTORIA. Despite the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, the “Tears Getting Sober” hitmaker has continued to make waves around Europe. And now she’s ready to capture hearts in Rotterdam. The Varna-born superstar will sing “Growing Up Is Getting Old” for Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021.

In an exclusive interview, Wiwiblogger Diego sat down with VICTORIA to find out more about “Growing Up Is Getting Old”, her songwriting processes, and her staging plans for Rotterdam.

Scroll down for a selection of questions and answers from the interview. 

Interview: VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”

You were a fan favourite in Eurovision 2020. The reception of “Tears Getting Sober” was fantastic. How do you feel after that?

VICTORIA: I felt amazing. I didn’t expect the peoples’ reactions. I just made that song with the team and I was like, whatever, I don’t know what’s gonna happen — if people will like it, if they don’t — but they really liked it which was amazing to me. It warmed my heart.

Did you have at some point the fear of not coming back for Eurovision 2021?

VICTORIA: When I heard the contest was postponed, I was like, am I gonna go again or not?  But I’m really thankful that the whole Bulgarian team chose me again.

You had six different songs that you produced, you arranged, you filmed videos. Was that a hard process?

VICTORIA: In the beginning it was hard because I had to make all of these with music production, writing lyrics and finishing all demos, doing it from a distance. And it was stressful because you know, it’s not the same — like we’re sitting here and talking to each other. You have internet, you have a slow connection sometimes. But the team I’m working with is very cool and they think like me. We understand each other. It was really overwhelming, the whole process for me.

The idea of Eurovision 2021 without an audience is likely gonna happen. is it hard for you the artists to represent your country in this, such a big contest and not having a live audience to react to your performances live?

VICTORIA: If it was last year I would be really disappointed, but now I understand the situation and there’s nothing we can do. But the really good thing for me is that we’re still going to Rotterdam which is a really good experience. We’re gonna be on the stage, hopefully, and I’m really thankful for that

What’s the connection for “Growing Up Is Getting Old” with you particularly?

VICTORIA: I wrote half of the song in 2019. That was the start of it. We were on the Bulgarian seaside songwriting camp with different teams. And one day, I wrote half of the lyrics without music, without anything, and another day I had a session, went with these lyrics and told the team: ‘I came up with this weird idea, growing up is getting old’. And they were like: ‘oh that’s a great title for a song’. We just started jamming around it. It was a really magical moment. We wrote the song in five or six hours.

The song, I know, was part of last year’s selection for Eurovision 2020. Does that mean it gets stuck in your head?

VICTORIA: When I heard the contest was postponed, I immediately started thinking what should we do now. I tried to write other songs — which are on my EP. But I don’t know, this song kind of stuck in my head, like you said. And at the end when I saw peoples reactions, and all of the focus groups, I saw that there’s big potential with this song. Especially with the staging. So I hope we made the right choice.

We know Marvin Dietmann is going to be your stage director in 2021. He was the artistic director for 2020. Of course, you didn’t have the chance to show what you were preparing for Eurovision 2020. Are you taking some ideas from that potential staging that was never shown to the world, for this new experience of “Growing Up Is Getting Old?”

VICTORIA: We took a little bit. Just a little bit. But it’s kind of a new direction because the two songs are really different. One of them is darker — Tears Getting Sober — and this one has more of a positive meaning. It has more light. It’s gonna be very different staging from the previous year.

Was Marvin Dietmann’s feedback important for the final decision?

VICTORIA: Yes it was really important. He said this song is the best choice for staging, it has very good potential. I think that’s one of the most important things in Eurovision.

I’m always saying that you’re like the queen of sadness. This is amazing, like you can see and hear your songs and you can cry, actually. How is this connected to the person you are? 

VICTORIA: I don’t know, I kind of like the drama a little bit. I’m a little bit dramatic. But I’m getting inspired from movies, Disney movies, some series — I’m listening to the soundtracks and that always gets me inspired. I’m getting inspired also with peoples stories, my stories that I’m going through — some hard times sometimes — and I like to write about stuff like this. Because everyone can write about the happy side, the bright side. But some people are afraid to even tell themselves that they feel sad, they feel insecure or whatever, like I’m writing in the songs. So I’m really attracted by that, to write stories like that.

This is a different version — just a little bit — of the song we heard in the lyric videos. How did you change it, and why did you change?

VICTORIA: At first, we had to change the song because we had to cut it in three minutes. That was the first change. Then, I just decided that it needs a little bit more push at the end. That’s why I added these lifts at the end you’re hearing. So yeah, I don’t think it’s that much of a change, but it’s an important change.

It’s an important change. Everything is important for VICTORIA, and of course the chance for Bulgaria to win Eurovision 2021. Which I think you’re really excited for. 

VICTORIA: Yes. I’m excited to win peoples hearts.

What do you think of “Growing Up Is Getting Old”? What will VICTORIA’s staging look like? Let us know in the comments below. 

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VESSLEY
1 month ago

Victoria is such a sweet & lovable person. I’m so happy that she will get the chance to showcase her incredible talent on the Eurovision stage. fingers crossed she will win this year! ?

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

I was mad Imaginary friend didnt win but I am over it now, this song stole my heart and I can see what they mean with” better choice for staging ”. Good luck Victoria!

12345
12345
1 month ago

PRAY THE SWEDS!!

David
David
1 month ago

I like this song! And Swedish stage directors will help her elevate it further.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  David

It’s austrian actually.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

this song touches people’s heartstrings. i hope the performance is as classy and emotional

Stan
Stan
1 month ago

You can see her live performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfAGGz1pzjk

Kris
Kris
1 month ago

Did you ask her whether in retrospect she shouldn’t have done this facade of ‘Public’s opinion matters to me ‘ and gone for an internal selection or was the facade essential as a PR move for sales of the EP ?

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

And no I’m not particularly salty about my favourite song not getting selected because I am not singing the song. She is . Her opinion matters the most. But I’m salty about the way they presented the process of song selection.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

VICTORIA presented her entry “Growing Up is Getting Old” during the concert with an emotional speech: “It was a very difficult decision. I am glad that BNT, Ligna, and my team are totally in our the choice. Your feedback about the songs helped us a lot. The opinion of music and television experts from all over Europe helped us as well. Perhaps for me, choosing from my six songs was the hardest. Each of them is very special to me. But when we had to choose between the two songs with the most support from the viewers and the experts… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Kris

girl we are in a pandemi lovato

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

I feel like too many people are not giving this song a chance, because they wanted another song to win, and immediately decided to not like this one because of that. The song is actually very good, and it definitely deserves to be 2nd in the odds right now.

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Preach! Thank you for pointing out

Somebody
Somebody
1 month ago

This will indeed explode in stage and vacuum all votes along with juries. Hence she’s bookies second favorite.

Cozmin COZMA
Cozmin COZMA
1 month ago

I really like Victoria and I love she’s song!
I wish her best of luck…..

I have a question for Wiwi: are you going to interviewing every artist this year?
Just because I want to remember you that you are journalists ( I think ) and not influencers.

Euromess
Euromess
1 month ago
Reply to  Cozmin COZMA

Don’t worry, no one can ever influence me or other people enough to vote for this song.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

The version she released on the EP is 3:18 long. Doesn’t she still need to change it or did I miss something? I think the strength of this song is undoubtedly the chorus. I wish they would give the chorus more time and cut the verses much shorter because they feel way too long for me. The last chorus, the big one, is way too short for me, on the other hand. But they also can’t cut the beautiful finish ‘getting up is all you got.’

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
FanESC
FanESC
1 month ago

She cut it, she said it in the interview of this article.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  FanESC

But it’s not released yet, right?

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Stan
Stan
1 month ago

It’s released.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Stan

I love the finish. But I’m very displeased that the first chorus was cut even shorter. That was definitely the wrong part to cut.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Mihal
Mihal
1 month ago

Can you stop promoting yourself that much? You don’t deserve top 5 in odds whatsoever.

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 month ago

Tbh, the fact that so many of us were rooting for different songs says a lot about the quality of her music, yeah, its heavily inspired by the likes of Lorde, Lana del Rey, Marina & The diamonds and Billie Eilish, but that doesnt diminish the fact that she is a great artist.

I wish Victoria and the bulgarian delegation all the best, they work extremly hard on ESC and Im sure they will give us an amazing performance.

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

you’re hot

Viggz
Viggz
1 month ago

I think this gonna be the magic moment on Eurovision stage in may

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

This might be an unpopular opinion but I think with a good staging and great vocal delivery she could connect with the audience and could actually win

Paul W
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

Bulgaria, like France, have a song that I appreciate as high quality but don’t like it enough to vote for them. Personally I am not in the mood for a sad song this year but to me it is a beautiful song from a lovely singer.

AllThingsNordic
AllThingsNordic
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo

I agree! It is emotional and the song / performance are strong, she can sing and perform. With an interesting staging around the concept, this might actually win.

Stan
Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo
Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Would’ve had major winning chances with Phantom Pain.. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, I know.. But that’s what I feel

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert
zeev
zeev
1 month ago

great song tnx

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

I honestly think she will win.

TheDragon
TheDragon
1 month ago

How dumb!!!

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  TheDragon

You lol