Ahead of tonight’s final in Estonia, it’s time to hear from one more Estonian artist in the fight for the Eesti Laul 2020 trophy. We spoke to Inger about her soccer career, the Eesti Laul experience from 2019 and why she didn’t cry at an orchestral concert as a child…
Hello Inger! First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you? Can you introduce yourself? What can you tell us about yourself?
Hello! I’m good, thanks! My name is Inger and I’m a young singer/songwriter from Estonia. I also work as a soccer coach.
The song that you will be presenting in the Eesti Laul final is “Only Dream”. What can you tell us about the song?
The song “Only Dream” is about dreams, love and how I want to live in the future. I think it is beautiful to be with someone you love and make her/him happy. And as a loving person my only dream is to make someone happy and do something that makes me happy.
What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for Eesti Laul and Eurovision?
I think I got inspiration from people who are important in my life. I didn’t write it specifically for Eesti Laul. I just finished the song just in time for the registration and I thought people might connect with the message, so I sent it.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
I think it is a good opportunity to have a chance to perform in front of so many people and share your creation. I watch it every year with my family – it has become a tradition. My all-time favourite performance was by Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois (Portugal 2017). It is a beautiful song with a heartwarming meaning behind it.
This is your second time participating in Eesti Laul, your first time was in 2019. What are you planning differently this time to reach a better place?
I’m not going to change many things from last year. I will be concentrating more on my voice and being more calm on the stage. But I think the main thing is to be authentic on the stage and share my message with the crowd.
Has going through Eesti Laul process helped improve you as a musician and performer? What has been some of the most valuable feedback you’ve received as a result of your Eesti Laul appearance?
Yes, absolutely! I think it opened the door for more opportunities and I also met a lot of new people. I have received a lot of valuable feedback and people have told me to just keep doing my thing. Last years “Coming Home” touched many people and made them think more about their home and family. I hope that this year I can do the same.
What’s the one thing that might surprise people about you?
That I played soccer for 14 years and I played for the Estonian national team. I’m also a perfectionist and sometimes insecure when it comes to music. It always has to be perfect for me.
Can you tell us about your first experience with music?
My mother told me a story about how she took me to a orchestral concert when I was a little baby. And when all the other babies were crying, I was listening quietly.
But the first experience making music myself was when I was 14 years old and I got my first guitar. I got inspiration from Ed Sheeran and I wanted to become like him.
Thanks for your time. We wish you the best of luck for Eesti Laul. Maybe we will see you in May in Rotterdam!
Thank you so much!
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