Mustii takes us behind the scenes of Eurovision: “I feel like I’m in a Netflix movie”

Mustii takes us behind the scenes of Eurovision: “I feel like I’m in a Netflix movie”
Mustii takes us behind the scenes of Eurovision: “I feel like I’m in a Netflix movie”

“Chaotic” beginnings

Last week, already, our compatriot discovered theMalmö Arena where he will perform this Thursday evening. “It’s a little an emotional roller coaster since my arrival. There was a lot of stress and emotion before the first rehearsal when I discovered the location. It’s going so fast. There is a whole protocol to follow, it’s a big machine with the delegations following one another. It was difficult to live in the moment and enjoy it in the first days.”

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Accustomed to the stage, Mustii nonetheless remains taken aback by the workings of the program: “After the premiere repetitionI was a little depressed. In the vision room, we have a preview and we have to say all the changes we want in terms of camera, lighting, staging… And there were a lot of things I wasn’t happy with. But, ultimately, it’s normal. Gustaph (the representative of Belgium last year, Editor’s note) told me that it was the same for him and that he had made a mental breakdown. I spoke to 2-3 delegations and it was the same for them. It’s still a bit of a shock because we were still far from the mark.”

Mentally, the promotion preceding the event did not help him gain confidence either: “The pre-shows are a bit chaotic! It’s not Eurovision that organizes them, it’s the fans. Technically, it was very laborious. I had major technical problems London. It really didn’t put me in a good mood. HAS Amsterdam, it was a little better. I hired my own sound engineer. But it took a lot of energy. The important thing is above all what is happening in Sweden. This is where the focus must be placed. It was great to do these pre-shows to already meet people, to be part of Eurovision folklore but it still took up a lot of energy. I remember it very positively for certain things but also darker for others. Some artists decide to only do one or two and that is perhaps not a bad idea to preserve themselves.”

A unique experience

In the country of Loreen and ABBA, which as a reminder this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its victory in the competition, the music is fortunately not the same from one day to the next: “From the second rehearsal, there was immediately a step up because they were able to take our comments into account. For my part, I was able to make my mark. I already knew the place, I understood better how the thing worked. However, it remains intense. I feel like I’m in a Netflix movie. There is a lot of information all over the place. There is obviously pressure but I try to focus on having fun and finding joy in this process. Above all, we must accept that we do not have no control over everything : we are not 100% in control of performance.”

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The stated objective is obviously to cross the threshold of semi-finals. For the rest, the leitmotif is above all fun: “What I am experiencing remains unique. I’m learning a lot about myself and, whatever happens, I’m going to come out of it better. It’s a huge platform for me. People wouldn’t have known me otherwise and I’m proud to enter the competition with this song. It is already a victory In my opinion. I don’t see it as an end in itself.”

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