Tonight we will know the winner of Melodi Grand Prix who will represent Norway in Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. Ira Konstantinidis is one of the eleven acts who are singing tonight in Oslo Spektrum.
Ira Konstantinidis is a new name not only for Eurovision audience, but also to most Norwegians. And with her participation in Melodi Grand Prix it feels like she’s doing just that. “Music is my life”, she says.
Ira is just 17 years old, but she doesn’t have any doubt what to do in her life. She has already stated that music is her life and “to get a musical life” is a kind of inspiration for her.
Every year we discover some new interesting artists in the Eurovision national pre-selections all over Europe, and Melodi Grand Prix opens its doors to young talents from Norway. This is the reason why Ira decided to apply. “It’s a great chance for a young girl like me”, she believes so.
Ira’s song “We Don’t Worry” was written by Øyvind Blikstad, Bjarte Giske, Ali Pirzad and Julie Bergan especially for MGP. It has been picked as one of the favorites by many Eurovision experts, both in Norway and abroad, but Ira doesn’t know what exactly she feels about it and how it will go. “But I will have fun!”, she adds.
Performance is a very important part of a modern Eurovision act, and Ira intends to take our breath away. “Young and vibrant show”, this is how she describes it.
Many people in Europe watch Eurovision every year. Does Ira have such a tradition? “It’s a good show to watch with my family. We always do that” – she answers.
And another tradition is to have a favorite Eurovision entry. “In Norway Alexander Rybak [Norwegian entry in ESC 2009] has a special place”, Ira agrees with thousands of people who picked her compatriot Alexander Rybak (also a participant of MGP in 2009) as the Eurovision winner in 2009.
And on a lighter note: what is the most Norwegian thing to Ira? “Brunost… Don’t put it on your pizza”, she recommends to us.
Ira, thanks a lot for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions!
Give a listen to Ira Konstantinidis’ song “We Don’t Worry”, an entry for Melodi Grand Prix 2015!