On Thursday 12 May, the Swede will fight for the last place in the second semi-final.
TV 2 met the famous artist, who seems to have firmly planted his feet in the ground, even after the massive international interest and the character’s favourite.
– It’s a great compliment. I’m very happy. It is an honor.
When asked if she feels the pressure that accompanies representing Sweden, which “always” does well in the Eurovision Song Contest, she replied:
I understand the pressure, but I don’t feel it. I don’t know if it’s weird, but maybe it’s because it’s only been a few months since I’ve been a somewhat unknown artist in Sweden, and now I’m sitting here all of a sudden, there are fans from all over the world and people have given me a favourite. It is so incredibly wonderful and wonderful, to make such a journey in such a short time. I’m just grateful.
Her father is Samuel Jacob, who became world famous through the rock band The Poodles. She believes that one of the reasons she is able to keep her nerves in check is that music is so natural to her because of him.
– Can you give me security. He’s been a musician my whole life, and that gave me a natural approach to music. I started singing on stage during his concerts when I was about seven years old.
Attention after the underwear stunt
Italian magazine Corriere He stresses the importance of making sure that you are noticed before the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. They wrote an article about it, and used Jacob’s photo to make their point.
“The goal is to be noticed. Even if you’re not in the ‘Big Five’ countries and you have to win the semi-finals if you aim to sing in the final that matters,” she wrote in the Weekly.
They point to Swede Jacobs, who wore black underwear on the red carpet. The newspaper also noted what she wrote in her biography on her personal page on Instagram:
Viva La Vega. Translated from Italian, it means “long-lived pussy”.
She writes “Viva la Vega,” and she knows what she means in Italian, the newspaper claims.
Four countries can win
Many experts believe that either she, Britain’s Sam Ryder or Italy’s Mahmoud and Blanco would have won the competition this year if there had been no war in Ukraine.
Bookmakers put Ukraine and the Kalush Orchestra on their list of favorites to win, in part because they believed many would vote for them out of sympathy.
Jacobs was asked how he felt and would likely lose a victory due to the political vote.
– They have my full support. I think they are brave, you say, take a rest and say:
Historically, we’ve always had a culture that gives us breaks in tough times, and you can get some help from it. So, I think it’s good to be involved and really give that break to their people and to the participants. I think it’s great and nice that they do that, and I fully support them.
She confirms that she likes their song too, and thinks she would have had good chances anyway.
The second TV also asked Mahmoud and Blanco about the same thing.
Ukraine is a good competition for us. I think the votes will go to the best song. What is happening in Ukraine is very sad and we hope it will end soon.
Want to remove the stigma
The last of the four topping the list, one must believe the bookmakers, is Sam Ryder. Perhaps the biggest shocker this year, because the UK tends to do very poorly in competition. Last year, the English got 0 points.
He says it’s nice to be at the top of the betting experts list, but he doesn’t think too much about it:
– It feels good, but listen here: It’s about what you can do with the platform you’re fortunate to own. For a short while, it’s about what you do and the message you want to convey. One might be fooled into thinking that these are the three minutes at the end of the show, but it’s not all about that. I promise you. It is much bigger than that. At home, there is a stigma around Eurovision. I’ve never felt more confident in anything, than our job is to try to remove that stigma and bring some positivity to that story.
The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra also gave a lengthy interview to TV 2. They told how one of the band members stayed and defended their country, that their families were left in Ukraine, what international support means and how it feels to be a favorite. See the interview below.
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