Back in February, when VICTORIA first presented “Growing Up Is Getting Old”, she revealed that it was deeply personal. “You can grow in many different ways,” she said at the time. “Sometimes going back to your roots, to the place you feel safe and the people you love helps you find your purpose on Earth. This is the case for me. When I listen to the song I think of my mother, my father, my sister, my friends. All the people that mean the world to me.”
The song drips with nostalgia and a sense of longing — not just for people, but for the simpler times during which those relationships flourished. Recent events make that feel all the more real. Last week VICTORIA gave the most raw and emotional interview of her career, revealing that her father was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as motor neurone disease.
Now, shortly after sharing her biggest travails publicly, VICTORIA has released the acoustic version of her Eurovision 2021 song. This stripped-back version puts VICTORIA’s feelings front-and-centre, reminding us once more that she sings from the heart.
VICTORIA films acoustic version of “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
VICTORIA performs alongside her friends Aleksandar on piano and Magdalena on the cello. She wears headphones throughout and appears to be lost in an emotional world all her own. Despite being a pared back take on a pared back song, this still has texture and drive owing to the rich intimacy and pure emotion on show. VICTORIA imbues every note with something visceral and sincere. Surely a good sign for Eurovision.
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