ESC+Plus has exclusively talked to the German representative Jamie-Lee Kriewitz who will perform the song “Ghost” in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2016. Check what she has told us below:
ESC+Plus: Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your time. We would like to congratulate you on winning Unser Lied für Stockholm 2016 and consequently taking the chance to sing on the 2016 Eurovision stage.
E+: Can you describe the feelings which you experienced as being announced the winner of the 2016 German national selection? What does it mean to you to represent your home land at Eurovision?
It felt amazing, I still can’t believe that half million people voted for me! I feel very honored to represent Germany at Eurovision.
E+: Let’s talk about your song and its main message. How is it connected to yourself?
The song means a lot to me because it’s my first single and it was also on the charts. When I first heard the song, I found the atmosphere of the song great and it was exactly what I had imagined for me. Anyone can relate to the message of the song. In the song, there was a couple who broke up but the ghost of the relationship is still there and they both want the relationship to go on but they know that it just doesn’t work out anymore. It’s a bit sad but you need to let go.
E+: Tell us a bit about your Eurovision Stage performance. Will it vary from the Unser Lied für Stockholm’s one? What changes you are going to make?
I will keep the general look of my performance which I gave in the national selection but of course I am thinking about how to enhance the whole performance, so you can look forward to that.
E+: Have you already got acquainted with other contestants of this year’s competition? Have you got any favorite songs?
I have listened to the songs only shortly because I would like to go to Stockholm with an open mind. Often the songs differ from the live performances and come out much stronger when performed live.
E+: Apart from Eurovision, tell us which important achievements you have reached so far in your musical career. How did you start your singing career? What was it like for you to sing in public for the first time?
Last December I won the The Voice of Germany which started my career. That and winning the German national selection have been the biggest achievements in my career so far. I was used to singing in public, I have been part of a gospel choir since I am eleven years old. Because of the amount of people who watched my performance on TVoG I was a little bit more nervous as usual.
E+: What profession did attract you more when you were little? Did you pretend to be a singer when you were a child?
I wanted to be a singer ever since I can remember.
E+: What hobbies do you have? What do you do when you are not singing?
I’m really into the Asian culture and I like to draw when I have time for it.
E+: Do you like reading? Which is your favorite book? Why?
Honestly, I don’t like reading, haha. I can’t really explain why.
E+: Do you have any amusing childhood stories that are worthy to tell us?
I looked and acted like a boy for like 5 years as a child. I never really cared about what other people said about me.
E+: Do you usually watch Eurovision? Do you have any favorite artists and songs in the history of the competition?
The first time I watched it was in 2010 when Lena was taking part. She comes from the same town as me and then she also won – that was very exciting! I thought Jedward was really cool with their song „Lipstick“. I think the song was great and their outfits and the high hairstyles were crazy cool.
E+: Can you send a message for our readers and fans of Eurovision?
Wish me good luck and vote for me! I’m really excited to get to know your candidates. I hope you have a great time watching the show!
E+: Thank you very much, good luck and see you in Stockholm!