And the interviews just keep on coming! Step forward Croatia’s Igor Cukrov…
How does it feel to be representing your country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?
With Eurovision song contest being such a huge event, representing my country is quite an honour.
What are you most looking forward to about taking part?
Well, whole package – going to Moscow, being a part of Eurovision song contest, getting to see all of that first hand, performing on a, I’m sure, spectacular stage in front of a sell out crowd and millions of TV spectators… What can we expect from your performance? Are you planning a lavish stage show? Ofcourse, we are going to do some things differently than we did in Opatija (Croatian competition), but lavish? We are not going to over do it. I believe in our song and, besides, it’s not an up tempo, dance or some similiar style, so over doing it doesn’t really make sense…
Have you ever been to Moscow and are you looking forward to it?
Since this is going to be my first visit to Moscow, i’m really looking forward to seeing such, I’m sure of it, splendid city. Well, how could it be different – Moscow is one of the greatest cities in the world.
Which of this year’s other songs do you rate?
I liked songs from Greece, Turkey and Norway. Which is your favourite Eurovision song of all time, and which is your favourite from your home country? Two stand apart – Abba and Johnyn Logan. Of Croatian songs, i liked 1995’s Nostalgija, and from the even older ones, from the times of Yugoslavia, there were Daniel’s Julie (1983)..
What do you think about the debate over so-called ‘political’ voting?
Ha ha… One side of it is understandable – and it’s same in ex-Yugoslav, ex-USSR, Benelux or nordic countries -. people from those countries live in area where social and cultural connections are strong and it is understandable for them to vote more for artists from their region. As I know – political, and i’d rather say regional – voting existed for years, but became interesting for media only recently – when eastern countries prevailed, both in numbers and votes gained. In the end, tere is a saying that says – “it is what it is”.
How do you think the return of jury voting might influence the final result?
Croatian preliminary contest (Dora) has such voting for years. And it also draws criticism. Displeasure is in peoples nature, especially if you don’ get what you want or what you think you deserve. I, personally, don’t mind. Everybody knows rules prior to competition and by coming to competition, you agree to its rules.
Why do you think Eurovision is still so popular, even after all these years?
I think it’s popularity increesed in recent years, and for couple of reasons. Firstly, it became more spectatular, often with over the top kitsch, but that is what draws interest from audience. Ofcourse, some of that spectacularity has nothing to do with the quality of music, but eurovision is a show, and often a spectacular one. Secondly, countries new to contest invest in it, making it more interesting.
Have you heard the UK’s song this year and what do you think? Any chance your country could give us some points this year (please…….? 🙂 )
Of course. Jade has great voice and her song is definitely one of the better UK songs in recent years. And about the points from Croatia? Well, if you believe in “political voting”, wait till we give highest points to Serbia, Bosnia… Now seroiously, who can say what voters will do…