We Asked, They Answered: Estonia
Posted by Caroline on April 21, 2010
The frontman of this year’s Estonian hopefuls, Malcolm Lincoln, takes on the fearsome Eurovision Blog question challenge and explains that there isn’t really a Malcolm at all. Or perhaps there is. Oh we are confused…..
Introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how you ended up being Estonia’s Eurovision representative this year!
Robin Juhkental from the band Malcolm Lincoln, age 21, from Tallinn, Estonia. At the beginning we had no aim to go to Eurovision, we did simply send a couple of our songs to the contest because already for the second year in a row Estonia is not searching “an Eurosong”, but a great pop song with a character. Therefore we are really happy that our song was selected by the viewers to represent Estonia!
What are you most looking forward to about taking part and what can we expect from your stage show?
I’m looking forward for getting a good experience and performing to such a wide audience. By the way, I get this ”stage show” question all the time and I really don’t understand why stage show is so important? ESC should be about excellent songs and music, not oiled bodies, dance moves or pyrotechnics.
Which is your favourite all time Eurovision song and your favourite from your home country?
Johnny Logan’s – ”What’s Another Year” is just brilliant and simple pop melody imo.
My Estonia’s favourite is 2003 entry – Ruffus with ”80’s Coming Back” – a really first-class song and would have deserved a better place than it got.
Which of the other entries this year do you rate? Many Eurovision fans have said it isn’t a great year for songs, what do you think about this?
Haven’t got much time to listen all the songs but I still have some time! 🙂
Estonia haven’t won Eurovision for a while. Do you have a strategy to try and reverse your country’s fortunes and bring the contest back to Estonia?
Last year Estonia received 6th place, which is not bad at all. Honestly, I do not have plans like these you were asking for… our aim is just to give a good performance.
Like the one we succeeded in Estonian final:
We’re big fans of your song at Eurovision Blog as it reminds us of the music we listen to outside of Eurovision season, similarly we have played it to some non-Eurovision fans who love it. Do you think it is an atypical Eurovision song?
Glad to hear that kind of feedback, thanks! Yes, I think “Siren” is definitely atypical for Eurovision. Which may also be an advantage 😉 So you are very welcome to share our Myspace among your friends: http://www.myspace.com/malcolmlincoln
And check out the video for “Siren”:
Eurovision always suffers from accusations of political/neighbourly voting. Do you think the new voting system with the re-introduction of juries has gone some way to changing people’s minds?
Hard to speculate, hopefully it will be about music not about neighbourly votes.
Is it true that your band name came from a question on Estonian Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Yes, it comes from one of the biggest fails of the show: a lady was convinced that there was a president called Malcolm Lincoln in U.S. Not Abraham Lincoln.
Do you find that people think Malcolm Lincoln is a solo singer as opposed to the name of your band?
It might possibly be so in the UK where Malcolm is a fairly common name 🙂 In essence, Malcolm Lincoln is my solo project, so it’s not very wrong to think of Malcolm Lincoln as a solo singer.
And finally……have you heard the UK entry this year and if so what do you think of it? Any chance Estonia could give us some points (if we asked nicely, since frankly we need all the help we can get……?)
Hopefully your nice song finds its fans and gets the votes it deserves! Good luck, UK!