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Monday, 15 April 2013 01:15

Finland: Interview with Krista Siegfrids (2013)

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The editorial board of escflashmalta.com has continued to get in touch with artists competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and in this specific case, the semi-final in which Malta will be competing with the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca. As a matter of fact, before he takes to the stage, there will be Finland whose surprise winner at the end of the national selection was Krista Siegfrids with the song Marry Me which she co-wrote with Erik Nyholm, Kristoffer Karlsson, Jessica Lundström. Finland will be hoping to return to the final this year, having been disappointed last year with their entry När Jag Blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson.

Finland is one of the most unsuccessful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest having only managed one victory, that being in 2006 at the hands of Lordi with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah having been disappointed on each attempt at qualification since the semi-final system was introduced apart from finish last on eight occasions. This was surprising because the genre was different from previous winners. Nevertheless, Finland has improved greatly since then with only one last place finish and several qualifications. What will you be doing to continue the recent successful trend of Finland?

I think that Marry Me is a really catchy song and I hope that people around Europe will like our energetic and crazy performance! We wanna make whole Europe go DiNG DoNG!!! :) Vote for happiness, girl power, craziness and LOVE!!!

Despite the fact that you have been performing for a number of years, The Voice of Finland was definitely the required boost to establish yourself as a solo artist. How did the experience of the talent show help you grow as an artist and what have you learned that you will be trying to utilize at the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Voice of Finland was a good experience because the Finnish people got to know me and after that I got a lot of gigs and other job offers. It made me stronger and more determined to focus on my solo career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNTubMPL7o

Marry Me, the song that you will be performing on behalf of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest is your debut single, the kick start to your career and will be part of the yet untitled studio album released four (4) days ahead of the actual semi-final where you will be competing. What should your fans and people around the continent expect?

My Ding Dong album is a piece of me. All the songs are stories of my life in one way or another. I'm really proud that I've done most of the song my self. There will be many crazy party songs with funny lyrics. I wanna entertain people and I want you to dance and smile! :) But there is also one ballad on the record which I wrote to my father who passed away when I was 15. He was a great man and he deserves many beautiful songs.

Your entry for this years’ international spectacle has an extremely catchy tune and one could instantly start singing the lyrics by the second chorus if not the first. As regards to the live performances seen during the national final, you had both backing vocalists and dancers apart from the typical props which have become part of the show. Could you describe what you will be doing in terms of staging in the semi-final?

I don't wanna tell you what's gonna happen on stage yet. But I can tell you that we are FULL OF SURPRISES! :) The show will be energetic and funny and of course I'll be performing in a huge wedding dress ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0u9dsvMZKs

You have one of the most impressive music videos accompanying your entry for this years’ Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, a number of countries including Denmark and Sweden for example have opted to use their national selection performance. What made you and your team decide to record a music video and what is the aim behind it, meaning do you believe that such promotion is important for get a higher ranking?

I've always wanted to do a music video. This is the first one and I'm really proud of it. I think it's hilarious! :) Love the script that my favorite director Elias Koskimies did! I just want people to watch it and love it! I think music videos are important for an artists career. You get to know the artist better if you have music videos.

It has become no secret that due to the fact that is indeed a competition, performers tend to have a listen to the tracks that they are competing against and one of the countries which will be hoping to qualify alongside Finland is Malta. The performances will be back to back with Finland taking the fifth slot as opposed to Malta which will be singing in the sixth slot. Have you heard the Maltese entry, Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca and what were your thoughts?

Yes, I've heard Malta's song and I think it's really beautiful! It's a feel good song that I would like to listen to on the radio. Malta has by the way always had great songs in ESC.

Would you like to say anything to your fans at escflashmalta.com?

JOIN TEAMDINGDONG AND MARRY ME!!! :) <3 Hugs and kisses from Krista <3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdU02F9lT2g

Last modified on Monday, 15 April 2013 01:29