On Thursday 12 May, the Swede will fight for a final place in the second semifinal.
TV 2 met the popular artist, who seems to have his feet firmly planted in the ground, even after massive international attention and favorite stamp.
– It’s a huge compliment. I’m very happy. It’s an honor.
When asked if she feels the pressure that comes with representing Sweden, which “always” does well in the Eurovision Song Contest, she answers:
– I understand the pressure, but I do not feel it. I do not know if it’s weird, but it’s probably because it’s only been a few months since I was a fairly unknown artist in Sweden, and now I’m suddenly sitting here, there are fans from all over the world and people have given me a favorite stamp. It is so incredibly wonderful and great, to have made such a journey in such a short time. I’m just grateful.
Her father is Samuel Jakob, who became world famous through the rock band The Poodles. She believes that one of the reasons she is able to keep her nerves in check is that music is so natural for her because of him.
– It can give me security. He has been a musician all my life, and it has given me a natural approach to music. I started singing on stage during his concerts when I was around seven years old.
Attention after lingerie stunt
The Italian magazine Corriere emphasizes how important it is to make sure you get noticed before the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. They have written an article about this, and use a picture of Jacob to show their point.
“The goal is to be noticed. Even more if you are not in the “big five” countries and you have to win the semi-final if you aim to sing in the final that counts “, writes the weekly.
They point out the Swedish Jakobs, who posed in black underwear on the red carpet. The newspaper has also noticed what she has written in the biography on her Instagram profile:
“Viva la figa”. Translated from Italian, this means “long live pussy”.
– She writes “viva la figa”, knowing what it means in Italian, the newspaper claims.
Four countries can win
Several experts believe that either she, Britain’s Sam Ryder or Italy’s Mahmood & Blanco would have won the competition this year if there had not been a war in Ukraine.
Betting companies have put Ukraine and the Kalush Orchestra as favorites to win, partly because they think many will vote for them out of sympathy.
Jakobs is asked how it feels and potentially loses a victory due to political voting.
– They have my full support. I think they are brave, she says, takes a break and says:
– Historically, we have always had a culture to give us breaks in difficult times, and that you can get some help from it. Therefore, I think it is good that they are involved and really give that break to their people and those involved. I think it’s cool and nice that they do, and I fully support them.
She emphasizes that she also loves their song, and thinks it would have had good chances anyway.
TV 2 also asked Mahmood & Blanco about the same thing.
– Ukraine is good competition for us. I think the voices will go to the best song. What is happening in Ukraine is very sad, and we hope it will end soon.
Want to remove the stigma
The last of the four countries in the lead, one must believe the betting companies, is Sam Ryder. He is perhaps the biggest shock of the year, because the UK tends to do very poorly in the competition. Last year, the English got 0 points.
He says it feels good to be high on the experts’ betting lists, but does not think much about it:
– It feels good, but listen here: It’s about what you can do with the platform you are blessed to have. For a short period, it is about what you do and what message you want to convey. One might be fooled into thinking that this is about the three minutes at the end of the show, but it’s not about that. I promise you. It’s so much bigger than that. At home, there is a stigma around Eurovision. I have never felt more confident about anything, than that our job is to try to remove that stigma and rather bring some positivity into that story.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra also did a long interview with TV 2. They tell how one band member is left and defends their country, that their families are left in Ukraine, what the international support means and how it feels to be favorites. See the interview below.