He smashed voting records at Melodifestivalen, and now, Sweden’s representative Tusse has taken command of the stage at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena in his rehearsals for Eurovision 2021. Our own William Lee Adams caught up with the “Voices” singer for an interview. Listen to what he had to say below!
Interview: Tusse at Eurovision 2021
Sporting a fashionable yellow blazer with a matching manicure, Tusse has showcased massive amounts of natural charisma from the get-go. The Swedish singer was clearly satisfied with the outcome of his styling, “That’s just for today, I’m going to surprise you every single rehearsal, you’re not going to know what hit you”.
“I’m overjoyed, I feel good”, the singer said when sharing his impressions of his first rehearsal. He goes on, “We tried to make it bigger and better with the clothing, outfit and the visuals, and seeing it all come together on the big stage, that was satisfying.”
Overall, Tusse’s performance of “Voices” has kept the same energy as was seen at Melodifestivalen but accommodated to Rotterdam’s big stage, with projections and a crowd of voices joining in the climax, along with the dancers multiplying. One notable difference is that Tusse has changed his red suit to a more outré, statement-worthy fit, with bedazzled black sleeves to match.
“We worked hard on the outfit, we had a lot of discussions and going back and forth on it”, Tusse quips. “Me and my stylist wanted to make it more ‘human’. You want to make it seem there’s a person under that million-dollar suit. And of course there’s more jewellery, that’s me!”
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The star also highlighted the brilliance of his team, praising how they made his vision for “Voices” come true: “The team I worked with on the visuals, the head of delegation Lotta Furebäck, Sacha Jean-Baptiste and Christer Björkman, the legend himself, all have done such a great job. I trusted their process, and in the end I felt proud of how it all ended up!”
He expressed a lot of gratitude to his new fans all around the world, but especially one of his biggest supporters all the way from the Democratic Republic of Congo: “My biological father’s been messaging me a lot from back in Congo, saying he hopes to be able to vote for me, and saying he’s the proudest father.”
To close, Tusse had an inspiring message to say to his fans: “I’d like for you to understand the message of the song. We are all different individuals with different interests, but we have so much more in common than what separates us”. He adds, “Whenever I feel lonely, someone else feels lonely, but we’re not alone, because we are connected with our feelings and with hope.”
Did you enjoy Tusse’s interview? Will he be able to climb up the Eurovision scoreboard? Let us know in the comment section below!