Today, the second half of press conferences for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 participants are under way.
Anna Trincher (Ukraine)
Sporting a large Ukrainian flag, Anna Trincher was the first artist to grace the press conference hall this morning. The level of her English fluency was impressive, noting that English is her favourite subject in school. She told the audience about her song and its inspirational rhetoric – claiming that the world can be made a better place if individual people work to better their own personas. It was clear that Anna was feeling patriotic as she said “Many people in Ukraine believe in me,” before airing her wishes to represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest when she is old enough. Anna is a fan of all of the acts Ukraine has sent to the adult competition – particularly those from 2004, 2006 and 2008. She would like to see the group The Hardkiss representing the country next May, and is currently working to promote her own professional band in which she is the lead singer.
Lina Kuduzovic (Slovenia)
Lina from Slovenia reported that her rehearsals have been going well, and gave away some details about how her song will be staged. “There will be a big snowflake, wind, a lot of blue and a long dress,” she said. Lina’s song ‘Prva Ljubezen‘ means “first love” – a reflection on some of the touching personal events that have happened in her own life. She did not go into too much detail but to reply with “Maybe.” when she was asked if she was still in love. Lina confessed that her own role model is Beyonce, and whilst on the topic, admitted that she agrees with the belief that music (and within this, Eurovision) is a great encouragement to people to learn foreign languages. Finally, when asked with which other famous artists she would love to collaborate, Lina said “Loreen. I really like the song [‘Euphoria’, Sweden in ESC 2012].”
Lena Stamenkovic (Serbia)
To start the press conference, Lena demonstrated her impressive aptitude to sing in English, despite that the only English phrase she can use in conversation is ‘Thank you.’ She admitted that because she has been drawn to sing in first position on Saturday, she is currently experiencing a little stage fright. In every other such competition that she has been in, however, Lena has sung in position number 13 and been successful. “I’ve been wondering what will happen if I don’t sing in thirteenth position…” she told the audience. Her father got her into music and professional singing, but Lena is adamant that she makes decisions about what she wants to do entirely by herself. However, she suggested that another familial influence in her career might come from her grandmother, who imagined that Lena would become a singer after her mother endured a hard labour before eventually giving birth to her. ‘Lenina Pesma‘ or “Lena’s song” is inspired by humanitarian issues that have deeply touched her, such as poverty and immigration. Lena says that if we all try to help people in less fortunate situations, we can make the world a much better place.
Kamilla Ismailova (San Marino)
Russian-born Kamilla greeted the hall with much energy and enthusiasm. She began by saying that the stage is bigger than what she is used to and although it is scary, she feels more at ease singing to audiences who she does not personally know. Kamilla does not speak Italian, and is conscious about her pronunciation of the lyrics in her song. However, she confessed that she finds San Marino to be a lovely place – to the extent that she feels “close” to the country, despite it being strange to liase between the mircrostate and her home country, the biggest country in the world. Mid-interview, Kamilla and her dancers suddenly posed their left arms in front of their faces in unison, and when questioned about it, she joked “We are Illuminati!” In her spare time, Kamilla likes to take selfies to post on social media, as well as sing her own songs in “weird” ways. She also has significant experience back in Russia of co-hosting music and fashion segments on TV programmes.