Between giant wood crates and tied-up dancers, Finland’s Käärijä has found his place on Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena’s stage as he prepares to perform “Cha Cha Cha” in Eurovision 2023 semi-final one. After his second rehearsal, we caught up with the fan favourite at the LUSH Liverpool Lounge.
He dished on his Eurovision stage show and the possibilities of Finland hosting Eurovision 2024.
Finland’s Käärijä “Cha Cha Cha” — Interview after Eurovision 2023 second rehearsal
Käärijä met with our very own William Lee Adams to go over his assessment of the rehearsal. Outside of some headpiece issues that his team is fixing, the performer expressed satisfaction with the run.
The singer also expressed his excitement about working on a bigger scale than before, his small set-up from the national final now a large literal crate on the stage he has to climb out and around. It hasn’t been an easy transition, with a dancer getting slightly injured in the routine, but his confidence levels have reached new levels, on and off-stage.
“I want the people to feel freedom, and that I hope people love their own body. All can do that.” He comments about his trademark shirtless looks.
We asked him if he felt the overall energy changing after the overwhelmingly positive reception and talks of a possible victory, to which he replied that his outlook has not changed. “It’s about doing my best.”
Finally, we asked him about where we could go in 2024 if he does end up winning. “Tampere. Helsinki does not have a space right now, and Tampere is really nice.”
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