vote. I like that. So are you now a Eurovision fan for life? I’m a huge fan of Eurovision! I think it’s better than most shows because it’s so accepting of minorities. And it’s serious for me because I know all the artists are serious people who love what they do, so it’s disrespectful to say that it’s a joke. We are creators. You are. We all are. Do you think Eurovision should be fighting for equality? Any place is a right place! Have you been in touch with other Swedish Eurovision legends ABBA? Yeah, I actually have! I was just starstruck and so I kept basically quiet. They ARE Eurovision! I eventually asked Agnetha: “Sooo… Where did you get your clothes?” Where do you draw your emotional performances from? Some artists are more mathematical when they sing, while there are some artists that just connect with something. It’s like being in a trance. It’s like you’re here, but you’re still not here. And that’s me when I perform and that’s me when I sing. It’s not like I can’t think of anything else, it’s just what exists here – a connection with the audience and it’s very special. It’s very spiritual what happens on stage. Some people only see Eurovision as a bit of a joke. Should they take it more seriously? It just pisses me off when I hear it’s a joke. Really. Music is music and it’s universal. It doesn’t matter on what platform. I don’t like this “we’re better than you” elitist thinking or when people are segregated. I don’t believe in that. Would you ever compete at Eurovision again? Not right now. I would do it if I have something to say. I think I’ll feel if it’s right or not. And it’s not like they’re not asking me. But not yet because Euphoria’s still so strong. It hasn’t faded out yet. I’d do it for the performance... But the whole competition, the anxiety, the votes, the “I’m better than you!” “No we’re not, we’re the same!” – those parts I really don’t like.
UK Won in Vienna,
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I just think, my they updated it by now? I was in been involved in a huge divorce scandal. I had to do it in a separate studio without an audience because I was so stigmatised.
It was pretty awful knowing that the BBC and the whole establishment were so against me – and then I had to go and represent the UK in Europe. But I knew that the people loved
me. Sweden Won in Azerbaijan, 2012 Euphoria Euphoria sold 62,148