Ukraine 2018 🇺🇦 Tayanna reveals who’s Lelya
UKRAINE – The team of oikotimes.com had the pleasure to exchange views on here participation in the 2018 national selection, Vidbir. Tayanna once again this year qualified to the final and once again is the public favourite to win (but let’s see if the jury allows her to get the ticket to Lisbon).
Last year in the 2017 Vidbir, you narrowly lost to O.Torvald. Are you coming back this year with some kind of “revenge spirit”?
Last year my main aim was to share my music with the audience. And I succeeded. It was very inspiring! In spite of everything I took the result as my own victory. Contests make participants stronger, I personally got a colossal experience. This is priceless! Today I feel like a flower in bloom. I am ready to share my music and energy.
Your 2017 and 2018 entries are completely different, from romantic anthemic ballad to an up tempo act. Was presenting a new Tayanna your goal?
All my songs reflect my inner state and perception of the world. I changes much throughout the last year and it was reflected in my songs. “Lelya” as well as my previous entry “I love you” is my own story but it is completely different song. “Lelya” tells the story about unrequited love but this story is without tears or sadness, it’s energetic and positive
The song is called “Леля” (Lelya) which is a girl’s name if I’m not mistaken. Who is she?
Lelya is a name of the Old Slavic goddess of love. Her love was unrequited. The main message of the song is that even if you experience such love – don’t despair! Share love which dives us light in our souls.
Unlike last year, you’ll perform in Ukrainian. Was this your decision? And will the song remain in that language in case of victory?
I write with all the heart. It’s like my soul sings and I just write the words down. “Lelya” was born in the Ukrainian language that’s why this year my song is in the native language. My team and I decided not to translate the song into English. Even the most virtuoso translation won’t express the essence of the song. Ukrainian language is very beautiful and melodic and it deserves to be heard from the European stage
Why are you so eager to represent your country on Eurovision stage?
This year I have something to say via my music. Eurovision Song Contest is a great opportunity to share the music with a lot of people far beyond Ukraine. No matter how the things are going to be, I’ll be happy to meet new people and gain experience. I’ll keep on moving forward, writing new songs and present them to the audience.
Amongst former Ukrainian Eurovision participants, which one would you consider your inspiration?
Talking about singers representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest I enjoyed Jamala’s performance. Her song “1944” is not only the story of her family, that’s why the entry was that profound and got a response from the audience.
INFORMATION ABOUT TAYANNA
Tayanna is an Ukrainian singer. Year 2017 became the most successful in her career. The album “Trymai mene” was named “the best Ukrainian release of the year” by music critics, and the lead-sing “Shkoda” burst into the TV and radio charts. The number of video views has reached the mark of more than 2 million in the shortest time. Last year was marked by Tayanna’s undisputed victory at the prestigious M1 Music Awards, where she received the title “Breakthrough of the Year.”
The unique voice of the singer led her to the international project The Great Gatsby, in which she performed the main vocal part Immortal feeling. “Sold out” performance took place in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnepr and Kazakhstan. Last year at the national selection for Eurovision Song Contest, Tayanna with the ballad “I love you” became a silver medalist.
Recall that 2016 became a turning point in the career of the singer: Tayanna began cooperation with the most-established Ukrainian director and producer Alan Badoev. The first result of their work was the release of the EP “Tayanna. Portraits “. It included five tracks, each of which was filmed by Badoev. Being an experienced vocalist, Tayanna also acts as the author and composer of her own songs.