To finish paving the way towards the first Lithuanian show, I am very honoured to introduce you to Ieva Zasimauskaité, a singer that we are very happy to see again every year, with who I chatted... and laughed.
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
It resembles meditation, prayer. It is different from anything else, almost not explainable in words. I jump from scared to ecstatic, it is an overwhelming feeling that I just want to experience over and over again.
How does one make you angry?
My husband. (Bursting into laughter.)
No, honestly, I am the one who's most angry in the house. It is always with the people that you love the most that you are the most angry, maybe because you feel at home with them, comfortable enough. More seriously, I don't like what's happening in the world. People do not like each other anymore. All these attacks, these wars? How can it happen to human beings with functioning brains like us? I do not understand.
How does one make you happy?
My husband. Yes, again!
He never leaves me alone and was there for me when I battled hard against depression, 4 or 5 years ago. Young people searching for who they are and wanting to create a better world make me happy too.
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Norah Jones. She has that sweet voice that can suit all the emotions.
What can you tell us about your song? Can you give us the title?
The song is in English. It is about values, love mostly, about two people who see each other for the first time and already know that they are going to spend their lives together. Nowadays, separating because of every little hardship has become more common than ever, and people jump from one relationship to another, in love or in friendship. I think this song will allow every generation to relate to it. The former Lithuanian president and his wife inspired me a lot!
The very last (and my favourite) lyrics of the song are:
I'm not afraid to grow old
How did you make the decision of entering the Lithuanian selection this year?
If I have your hand to hold
The author called and told me he had a song that could win. I went there, listened to it and agreed. I had planned to not participate this year, take a break from the competition, but I couldn't resist.
Also, when I was a kid, I told my parents that I would win Eurovision when it happens in Portugal. And now it does! I really want to go there. I have always had a fascination for this country: the sea, the blue...
How is this year going to be different from your previous participations?
Well... I have been participating since 2012 and I want to win it once! And I think this year might be the one. The song is really nice, and the lyrics resonate. My problem is that Lithuanian people associate Eurovision with a big show and everything, and they don't think ballads are the right choice. Thanks to Salvador Sobral, it will maybe be my turn! As you all know, the Lithuanian selection is crazy anyway, and you never know who can win!
How would you make us want to come to Lithuania?
The people! They are so open-hearted, and they are something special I have never seen anywhere else. They are very natural, and say things as they are, which does not mean they are negative! And each season makes the country very different! You have to come to Lithuania 4x a year! Honestly, it is my favourite country.
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
More professional. I learnt that Portugal would not be using LED screens and I like that. It will be more centered on music, less on the show.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
I will pray for God to help me. (Laughs)
You can't predict anything anymore. The results are so different every year. I believe in miracles, and I know that I'll have to make one happen. Lithuania has never won the contest, some people think that it is because it is rigged but I do not agree. I think my song can make it because its story will reach everyone.
Ieva, thank you very much for the conversation! She topped the jury vote and received a lot of praise. Will she be able to do the same with the public? Answer tomorrow!
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