For the fifth year now Estonia is using the popular Eesti Laul format to select its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. With the final only days away, we took one last chance to catch up with some of those taking part and today we speak to Indrek Vaheoja who is the lead singer of perhaps the most divisive entries in this year’s contest, Winny Puhh.
escXtra: Hey Indrek, thanks for taking some to speak to us today! Firstly we’d like to congratulate you all on your qualification to the finals of Eesti Laul 2013!
Indrek Vaheoja: Aitäh!
X: Where were you and how did you feel when you found out that you had made it to the Semi-Finals of Eesti Laul? Who found out first?
I: I was at home, heating an oven when producers of Eesti Laul 2013 called me. I was really happy, cheered and called my fellow bandmates right away. So I was the first amongst our band to find out our qualification.
X: What is your song “Meiecundimees Üks Korsakov Läks Eile Lätti” about and was it always intended for Eesti Laul?
I: In English it’s called “Our homeboy Korsakov went to Latvia yesterday” It is about a guy named Korsakov who in a previous life has made some wrong choices and had some really ill fate. A lot of injuries as well. Whatever he chose to do went wrong. But as we showed in the film clip for the song he became a healer and is now helping common people. Our song also has healing power if listened to very loudly at least 10 times a day.
Listeners of this song have also found a lot of hidden meanings- the song is full of surprises for everyone.
X: You qualified to the finals this weekend. How did that feel and did you expect to qualify?
I: We felt quite satisfied because everything went as planned- now we have to take the final and then Malmö of course!
X: Eesti Laul has developed in recent years to be much more than just a Eurovision preselection and in this year’s contest you will be up against many big names in the Estonian music industry as well as several strong newcomers. For you, what does it mean to participate in Eesti Laul?
I: It is a great opportunity to promote our band to the world. Our band is older than some of the other participants (we formed in 1994) so we will beat them with experience and raw power!
X: What are your feelings on the fact that if you win you will be representing your nation at Eurovision in Malmö in May?
I: As we already made our marketing plans- Malmö will be great success for us! There will be a lot of anger there of course, but don’t forget- our song has healing power, so everybody will be healed and satisfied!
X: Are you Eurovision fans, and if so do you have any favourite Eurovision songs? Perhaps a favourite Estonian entry?
I: We are actually not as big Eurovision fans as some of the others. Our own song will be our favourite Eurovision entry soon enough.
X: How did you come together as a band and why did you choose the name ‘Winny Puhh’?
We started as a school band in 28.september 1994. Our name came from our guitarists classmate- seemed a nice choice! And now we have grown from schoolboys to a really aggressive attack unit! Our concerts are full of energy and action and raw power,
X: Now some questions to get to know a little better, how did you spend your Christmas and New Year?
I: I was at home with my family. Nothing special
X: Where is your favourite place in Estonia and/or where would you recommend someone visiting Estonia go see?
I: Estonia is very beautiful. We have a lot of swamps with mosquitos and frogs, probably the best place to feel happy! And of course Estonia during winter- some years we have 6 months with snow and very little daylight and temperatures -20 to – 30 below zero. Then every place in Estonia looks just like in a fairytale.
X: What is your favourite food to cook?
I: Estonian national foods- sült (meat jelly in English) and verivorst (black pudding) But I like to make English breakfast as well
X: If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you choose?
I: Alligators and crocodiles and snakes would be the best pets for me, but unfortunately my family has different opinions about pets…
X: What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I: It probably hasn’t happened yet, but be prepared for Malmö. We will definitely start a riot there!
X: Finally, do you have a message for our readers?
I: Of course- People of Earth, fellow Europeans! Listen to our song really loudly, be healed and send us all your money!
Indrek and Winny Puhh along with 9 other hopefuls take part in Eesti Laul’s grand final this Saturday. Listen to their song ‘Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti’ as well as see the film clip below ! On behalf of all the team at escXtra I would like to thank Indrek for speaking with us and wish him and Winny Puhh all the best with whatever may be next!