Ahead of next month’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Eurovoix.com talks to Darina Krasnovetska from Ukraine, who will sing “Say Love”.
What has been the best thing you’ve done since you were selected to represent Ukraine at Junior Eurovision?
First, I met and started working with a great team, helping me to get ready for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Second, my song is now on radio and television. It is listened to not only in Ukraine but also in other countries. What I enjoyed most was filming the official video for my song.
Congratulations on winning the Black Sea Games, not once, but twice! What have you learned from your experience there that you’ll take to Junior Eurovision?
Thank you so much! My participation and victory at the Black Sea Games featuring the most talented children in Ukraine taught me not to try to impress or please the jury, participants or anyone else, but to sing with my heart and soul, convey the emotions and make the audience believe me! The first time I won was with Jamala’s song “1944”, and the second time was with Lara Fabian’s “Malade”. Probably, they believed me then. I will definitely take this experience to the Junior Eurovision.
How did you react when you found out you would be representing Ukraine at Junior Eurovision?
I just burst into tears! I could not believe that I won. Then I wiped the tears, took the winner’s certificate and started thinking about how I would prepare to represent Ukraine decently.
Your song is about focusing on love, not war. What are the things you love that you think of when you sing this song?
Indeed, my song is a message to people that they should love one another. Then there will be no wars, no tears, no grief. Performing this song, I first of all think about my family. I want that neither war or grief ever strike them.
Besides singing, what is your favourite way of expressing yourself?
I also adore dancing. I can dance just in front of a mirror at home. I also like playing the piano, picking up some tunes, sometimes improvising. I love painting too!
What’s the best thing about being a kid?
The best thing is that you can just run on the playground, roller skate, go to school, watch animated cartoons and so on.
If you could take someone to one place in Ukraine, where would it be and why?
It would be the musical fountain in my home city Vinnytsia.