Exclusive: Sandra Kim – She is still ‘aime la vie’
AARHUS, DENMARK – Marco Boehm got an exclusive interview for oikotimes.com with Sandra Kim during the 60 years celebrations concert in Denmark.
Sandra Kim who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway 1986 was – with her age of 13 – the youngest ESC-winner of all times and will stay after changing the rules to a minimum age of 16 years in 1990. Her song “J’aime La Vie” made it to the billboard charts in many European countries.
At her concert in front of a cheering crowd full of ESC-Fans from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK she didn’t take herself too serious, but the music and fans. She joked with the audience, took two lads up the stage to perform a song with her and took her time for photos and autographs for every single fan. Even more impressive because Sandra Kim is still a big star in Belgium where she is noticed and stopped for a selfie or a few words in every place she stays. But she brought the only ESC victory to Belgium and had a couple of successful releases through the years.
Then I enumerated how often she performed “J’aime La Vie” on stage I came to the estimated number of 5000 times.
After asking, if the still love to perform the song I recognised that she was asked this question far more than 5000 time, but answered very gently that there where times were she didn’t like it too much (if I read between the line as a musician I think she actually meant: “hated it” – just being reduced to one song that swells like wax out of the brain after performing it hundreds of times). But further on she says that she enjoys it now, every single time. And I believe it. Even if she has a great repertoire of good songs this one song made her dateless unique.
“I love travelling”, Sandra Kim says, “so I can combine two passions together”. While the interview there is a flashing in her eyes from time to time that it wasn’t like that all the time in life. But for now it seems that she rests in peace with herself.
My last question was to let her decide which ESC she likes better: 1986 or 2016? She answered quickly having a clear and strong meaning: “I like the way how the ESC has transformed over the years. It is entertaining and made for the masses. But one thing makes the ESC meagre: The missing of a real orchestra playing live with the artist.”
special thanks to Marco Boehm for the contribution