After tonight’s rehearsal EuroVisionary got the chance to talk to YOHIO, Sean Banan and Ravaillacz about tonight’s performances, participating in Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Song Contest.
How did you feel about your performance tonight?
It felt really good actually, this was the first audience rehearsal so it feels really good to be playing in front of an audience instead of just an empty hall. It’s a completely different feeling.
Why did you want to participate in Melodifestivalen?
I’m newcomer here in Sweden so I thought that this is the perfect thing to be in if you want to be known in Sweden and it happened so it’s a good plan.
Did you think you would qualify to the final?
I didn’t think so in the start because I didn’t know if Sweden would accept my looks and my performance so I was really surprised when I went to the final.
You are an inspiration for many young people, what would you like to say to teenagers out there watching you?
I want to say, stay a kid as long as you can and play around and just do what you want to do. Don’t think about what others say. If you wanna look in some way of if you wanna do something that other people don’t like just screw them and do what you want.
What question that I didn’t ask you would you like to ask yourself and what would the answer be?
Why am I not sleeping right now?
Because I’m working.
What made you want to participate in Melodifestivalen again?
Well you know when you start cooking a banana cake.
No, I don’t know, tell me.
Ok, when you start cooking food, and it’s going to be really good and you’re halfway there and you almost finished the food but you don’t get to serve it to the people. My banana haven’t been served enough for the Swedish people. I’m back, bigger, harder and more yellow.
Tell me about Copacabanana, what’s your message to the viewers?
It’s about my own EUROVISEAN where everybody are winners. Everybody comes on first place except Danny, he comes on the second place. But it’s about you beeing yourself. You can do whatever you wanna do, you can dress the way you want to dress, you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up and you shouldn’t give a beep what everybody else thinks.
It’s a Eurovision Song Contest where everybody is welcome no matter what kind of style or song you have. Everybody are winners.
If you could collaborate with any Swedish artist, who would that be?
Hmm, old school or new school?
You can choose!
If it would choose Carola.
Because in my song last year I said "Carola, not that good". But we could probably bananify her somehow and she will be told she is good.
Sean, what question that I didn’t ask you would you like to ask yourself and what would the answer be?
If you’re finished with Sweden, what would you do with Europe?
If I would be finished with Sweden I would do my best to try to bananify Europe and to help EU to become a better place because there is a lot of problems in Europe right now and I want to help them by showing them that it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to sing differently, it’s okay to look differently and it’s okay to believe in something different. We are all different and we should get used to it.
I want to help Europe to realise that.
Who’s idea was it to put this group together?
Tommy Körberg: Unfortunately it was mine. I’ve been in Eurovision a couple of times before and then when I got this song I said yes
if I can do it in my own way
with some friends of mine. And I called these guys and they said: Dangerous, but okay lets do it. We thought we´d do it once and then go home, just make a statement and now we’re in the final. That was not really what we had in mind.
How does it feel to sing a song that’s kind of a mockery of something many people love?
Tommy Körberg: It’s not a mockery! No no no no.
Johan Rabaeus: It’s not a mockery it’s a tribute!
Claes Malmberg: We cherish the song!
I have a question for Mats. In the future would you consider to participate as a soloartist?
Mats Ronander: Yeah I’ve been doing that for 35 years so I don’t know what I could do really.
Tommy Körberg: But not in Eurovision.
Claes Malmberg: He has been touring with ABBA, as a guitarist.
Claes starts to play with the word guitarist and makes funny words out of that.
I have a question for Claes and Johan as well. What made you participate in a music competition?
Claes Malmberg: Yes because I’m interested in every competition I want to be a professional soccer player and I didn’t be that. And now I’m in the arena and I feel a little bit like a fat Zlatan Ibrahimovic when I stand on this stage. So for me this is a dream coming true and I’m so happy to be here and talking to you as an international journalist. And I want to say that Europe needs to come together as a unit. We are not different people we are one sort, we’re human beings. We want to make love to all the people of the world and tell them that this is a world for all of us
Johan and Tommy: Time out! The time is up!
I have one more question for all of you. What question that I didn’t ask you would you like to ask yourselves and what would the answer be?
EuroVisionary would like to thank YOHIO, Sean Banan and Ravaillacz for their time.