Photo credit: Zija and Pioro.

So we round off our preparation for tonight’s Krajowe Eliminacje 2018 with Ifi!

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?

My name is Ifi Ude. I am a Polish – Nigerian music artist. I am a song and lyrics writer, producer, vocalist and performer. I live in Warsaw.

The song that you will be presenting for the national final in Poland  is “Love Is Stronger”. What can you tell us about the song?

This song is the first thing I have released after taking taking a break. I feel it gives me strength and the hope to do something new after being away from performing. This song is about love in general, whether it be the love between a parent and child, the love between friends, or the love between mankind and the spirit of creation.

What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for Krajowe Eliminacje and Eurovision?

The inspiration comes from my latest experiences – I became a mother! It changed the way I perceive reality. I entered Krajowe Eliminacje just days before the deadline, so it wasn’t made for Eurovision strictly speaking as we released “Love Is Stronger” at the beginning of January.

What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?

I admire last year’s winner from Portugal – Salvador Sobral’s “Amor pelos dois”. I think Eurovision will become a platform for peaceful dialogue between nations.

Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest, where would you dream to do a performance?

At Coachella, Burning Man, Sonic Festival, Exit Festival, Glastonbury, Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), The Royal Opera House in London and Sydney Opera House…. the list goes on!

Has being on TV made you more self-conscious?

It wasn’t a TV appearance that did that actually – in fact it was becoming a mother. I learned to work together with people. I trust people more than before and I am more open to their ideas. I can step back from things more easily – as in take things less personally – and I feel it helps me in my work and improving my talents.

What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?

I love this question! “If you can count, count on yourself” and “If he doesn’t call, it’s because he doesn’t want it”.

What’s your biggest fear?

That my son will grow in a world filled with poverty, war and aggression.

If your life were a song title which one would be?

“Devil got my woman”

Where would we find you on a typical Sunday afternoon?

On the football pitch playing with my son.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Ifi! Best of luck with your performance tonight!

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