Ukraine qualified for the Grand Final every time since the introduction of the semi-final back in 2004. For their second attempt, Ruslana won the contest and in 2005 the show moved to Kiev. Last year Zlata Ognevich reached the respectable 3rd place, but this time Mariya Yaremchuk has the right to represent her country on the Eurovision stage. Can she bring the second victory for Ukraine? We don’t need to wait a long time, but until this, read my interview I made with the singer.
When did your singing career start?
Probably, my singer career has started even before I was born. My father, Nazariy Yaremchuk, was a famous Ukrainian singer. He was a true inspiration for many people, and of course, he still is the one for me. So there is no wonder that I’ve became a musician. I started singing from the early childhood, and I performed on my first concerts even before going to school.
This year you were selected to represent Ukraine in Copenhagen. What does it mean for you?
I’m really proud to represent my country during this year’s Contest. It was a long-time goal, one of very dear dreams of mine and I can’t even start to describe what does it truly means for me to sing at the main European stage for my country.
How was your song created? What’s the message of your song?
I’ve written Tick Tock about myself and my feelings. I think that everyone has experienced in life this lust to find one true feeling, to share perfect connection that makes your hearts toking like crazy. We are spending so much time searching and we’re unbelievably lucky to find the right person.
Have you ever dreamed about being at Eurovision?
Of course! Since the first time I’ve watched the Contest. I’m a long-time fan of Eurovision, this show amazed me for many years and last year I’ve tried to take a part in national selection and my second try this year made my dream come true.
Do you follow Eurovision Song Contest? If yes, since when?
Yes, sure, since childhood. I guess, since the first time Ukraine participated in the Contest.
Who are your favorite singers? (In the world, not only Eurovision singers.)
I’m trying not to concentrate on any genre or style and always searching for something new in music world. But I’m a true fan of Madonna, I love her energy on stage and I adore Adam Levine (Maroon 5 front man) vocals.
Who is your favorite Ukranian representative from previous years?
I’ve routed for every Ukrainian representative so it is really hard to choose. I love them all. I think, Ruslana was the most memorable for all of us, her win became the real inspiration for me.
This year there will be 37 countries in the contest. Do you have your favourites?
This year’s competition is really strong and it’s hard to point at someone. I wish everybody to do their best in Copenhagen and I think all songs are winners already – they will present their country at the biggest European contest.
What are your expectations, your main aims at Eurovision?
I want to represent my country in the best possible way and, of course, to cheer everybody up! I want to meet new people, to challenge myself and to make everyone’s heart goes tick-tock with me.
What inspires you?
My true inspiration is my family, first of all, my father. His music made me who I am. And my mother – she is my guide in this life and my support!
What are your plans after Eurovision? Will you relax?
The most relaxing thing for me is meeting with my fans so I’m going on tour right after the main event. But now I am really concentrated on work, it is not the right time to think about having rest.
What would you like to send to the Hungarian readers and fans of Mariya Yaremchuk?
First of all, I hope that you all will have the great time during Eurovision and I will try to do my best to make you want to dance. Thank you for all your support and interest in me. And I see you soon in Copenhagen!
Thanks Mariya Yaremchuk for the interview and special thanks to Iryna Fartukh.
We wish all the best for you in Copenhagen!