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ESCKAZ SPECIAL FEATURE ON LITHUANIAN
ENTRANT IN JESC 2007
LINA JOY: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
ЭКСКЛЮЗИВНОЕ ИНТЕРВЬЮ ЛИНЫ ДЖОЙ
ПРЕДСТАВИТЕЛЬНИЦЫ ЛИТВЫ НА ДЕТСКОМ ЕВРОВИДЕНИИ 2007
|- Hi, Lina, and first of all
our congratulations for winning first ever Lithuanian national Eurovision selection! What
were your first thoughts when you realized you are the winner of the competition?
- Oh, that was a supernatural feeling! I was so excited, I think, I cried, because I was so happy that I won. I never dreamt that all members of the jury could give me a maximum of points. I felt happy beyond words.
- Please introduce yourself for our readers in one sentence?
- Well, I’m certainly a restless soul, I’m stubborn and I’m always ready to meet a challenge.
- Can you explain, what your song is about for those who cannot understand Lithuanian?
- My song is about having fun. It’s about walking down the street, singing and inviting people to join us.
- Tell us a story of song creation?
- Our teacher, Jurate Miliauskaite, called me and suggested writing a song. To begin with, I wrote the text. It took me much longer to write the music that would match the words. So, I began with the chorus.
- Last year, you won the “Little Stars Ring”. Is it possible that this particular victory encouraged you to try your luck at the Junior Eurovision?
- After winning at the “Little Stars Ring” I began preparing for the Eurovision. My teacher all the time kept saying: “You should write lyrics, you should write music.”
- Was it difficult to succeed on the national level? Whom did you regard as your main rivals?
- It was quite a challenge. All kids were different, but they were really good. I wouldn’t call them rivals, because I know them all, and they are my friends. I can’t really compete with my friends. I sang because I like my song and I hope viewers liked it too.
- How will you visually present your entry on stage? Will it be similar performance as during Lithuanian national final, or is there plan to add something special for the international audience to understand better your song?
- Yes, in a way, but we are going to work on improving our vocal performance, choreography and sound track. And we plan changing our costumes.
- What is your plan of preparations for the contest? Who is working with you as vocal coach and choreographer?
- It’s choreographer, Kestutis Baranauskas and my vocal teacher, Jurate Miliauskaite. Of course, my parents, they always come right out with their opinion.
- Do you like studying? What are your favorite school subjects? Is it difficult for you now to prepare for the contest and study in school?
- Yes, I like studying. However, there’s no one particular subject that would be my favourite, but I like biology and astronomy. I don’t think my studies at school would lose by my preparations for the contest. After classes I go to music school, I come home rather late in the evening and get to do my homework. Anyway, my schedule has always been very busy.
- Have you chance to watch some previous Junior Eurovisions? If so, any personal favorites you have?
- Actually, I watched the last year’s contest. I liked best the twins that won. I think their song was a hit.
- Are you interested to find who will represent other countries in competition, do you follow preselection news from other countries?
- Sure, I’ve heard them. All of them are well prepared, so, it’s certainly won’t be a walk-away for me.
- What is your aim for the competition? Are you going to win it, or simply have good time and make new friends?
- To me the most important thing is to put up a good show and get among the top five. I’ll do my best and, of course, I want to make new friends and have a good time.
- Do you like contests and to compete in general? What other festivals you took part in?
- Well, I think that contest is a place where you can give yourself a test and learn from your mistakes. What’s more, it’s a valuable experience. I have participated in many contests around the world: USA (Los Angeles), Italy, Germany, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria, etc. I’ve also taken part in jazz festivals.
- Do you have any idols, or simply favourite singers?
- There are many of them. I like Rihana, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones and many others.
- If that was your choice whom would you sent to adult Eurovision 2008 representing Lithuanian?
- I’ve been to adult Eurovision in Helsinki, I won this trip in the “Little Stars Ring”. I was really impressed, it was a wonderful show. If I were to decide, I’d send Violeta Riaubiskyte. She’s one of our brightest pop music stars, and her singing is beautifully matched with dancing.
- What are your plans after Junior Eurovision?
- Well, after the contest I will start working on my album. Yes, I do want to become professional singer in the future.
- Thanks for the interview and good luck with preparations, see you in Rotterdam!
Привет, Лина! Наши поздравления с победой на
Литовском отборе! Какая была твоя первая мысль,
когда ты поняла, что победила на этом конкурсе?
- Тяжело ли было на
национальном отборе? Кого ты считала своим
- Тяжело ли было на национальном отборе? Кого ты считала своим основным соперником?
- Какие у тебя планы
подготовки к конкурсу? Кто работает с тобой в
качестве преподавателя по вокалу и хореографа?