Today (June 1), the episode of the official Eurovision podcast with Cornelia dropped on all podcast services. She talked about her Eurovision experience of course. It’s very interesting. You can listen to the full episode on Spotify below. You can also watch a small video clip from the interview. (If you’re reading from frontpage, click on continue reading to find the clip.)
“Hold Me Closer” was one of the winners of this year’s Marcel Bezençon Awards 2022 during Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Marcel Bezençon Awards is an annual mini award show with three awards named after Marcel Bezençon (the creator of Eurovision Song Contest). The composers, press, commentors voted on by all of the participating composers at this year’s Contest. Cornelia, Isa Molin and David Zandén was presented as this year’s winners of the Composer Award.
Last Saturday (May 14), it was time for the Eurovision 2022 grand final. All Swedes were so proud of Cornelia for placing fourth in the final scoreboard, and the jury’s second. Even though we hoped for a victory, but it’s Sweden’s best placing in Eurovision since Måns Zelmerlöw won back in 2015. Good job Cornelia and the whole Swedish delegation! It has been a pleasure to follow your journey in Turin.
I know this post is late but I spent hours on translations and stuff that took my time. I also added photos from the broadcast in the gallery. If you want to check them out!
Featured Photos: Corinne Cumming/EBU, Yara Nardi/Reuters
Three important routines – and a quote from the skating champion Nils van der Poel – that’s what Cornelia Jakobs takes with her before Saturday’s Eurovision final to find the same feeling as in the semi-final.
– I don’t remember anything from the stage. It was just a white light and then I know it went well.
Cornelia Jakobs is finally in the final. Acclaimed by many but without carrying the absolute favorite. Together with Italy and the United Kingdom, Sweden can sneak behind Ukraine.
It suits Cornelia Jakobs. The competition is one thing. But for her, the focus is on the balance between work and recovery.
– My inner performance person wants to think that I’m a superwoman who can work really hard and say yes to everything, but that’s not the case. I get exhausted and then I don’t work.
Cornelia Jakobs has previously told about the way back from her fatigue depression and about the importance of recovery. But when she’s working, then it’s full speed.
At the press conference after the semi-final, she exclaimed “I get to sleep when I’m dead” and when the draw for the running order in the final was to be at the same time, she wrestled down the Italian presenter in a sudden whim of improvisational theater.
Met the Swedish media at night
When Thursday passed on Friday, Cornelia Jakobs is still in a trance and bounces down on a sofa to meet Swedish journalists. She tries to sum up the happiness of having grazed the semi-final, everything else would have been disappointing, and to now recharge before Saturday’s final.
– I’m satisfied with my performance even if I don’t remember it immediately afterwards. Then I know that I’ve been completely inside the feeling. I remember the first two phrases, when I put my voice to it, and then it’s just like a white light. That’s where I want to be, she explains.
Almost twenty relatives and friends will be on place for the final, but Cornelia Jakobs, who has been in Turin for two weeks, stays in the bubble and tries to stay focused. To improve the chances of winning, but mostly for the sake of her own health.
– It’s actually a pretty simple and absolutely natural thing for me to be on stage and sing this song. It’s life outside that’s the bigger challenge, Cornelia Jakobs told GP a few days earlier.
Last night (May 12), it was finally time for Cornelia to show Europe how talented she is and how good her song is on the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2022. She made it to the grand final tomorrow, I’m so proud of her! It would been a disaster if she didn’t qualify after how good she delivered. All the technological problems she had with the Italian team during the rehearsals to this. I want to give an applause to the broadcaster RAI for fixing the problems.
After months of preparing, Cornelia Jakobs has landed in Turin for the Eurovision Song Contest.
On Thursday, she takes the stage to compete for a place in Saturday’s grand final.
To Expressen, the artist spoke about the phone ban, the support on place from both best friends and boyfriend and the feeling of being one of the competition’s big favorites.
– I understand that now it’s expected that I’ll eventually win here, says Cornelia.
It has been almost two months since Melodifestivalen victory. When Expressen talks to Cornelia Jakobs, 30, she’s sitting in her hotel room in Turin, where preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest are in full swing.
– There’s so much love and energy. It doesn’t really feel like a competition. I met Chanel (Spain’s contribution) down in the lobby and it just feels like a school trip type. I think that is really nice, says Cornelia.
On Thursday night, she takes the stage in Turin during the second semifinal and hopes to qualify to Saturday’s grand final.
“Hope people still vote”
But even before the start of the competition, Cornelia is one of the big favorites to take it all home.
– So far it has felt like such a compliment and I feel very honored and just grateful and happy that my artistry has reached outside Sweden as well. I have received such incredibly nice treatment and support from all possible angles, she says and continues:
Do you feel any pressure to be a favorite?
– I understand the pressure, but I doesn’t feel it and it’s really nice. I understand that now it’s expected that I will eventually win here and you know nothing about that until you’re there. Voting you never know anything about in advance, it has happened before that favorites haven’t won or even reached the top three.
But it also comes with some concern.
– I hope that people don’t think that “we don’t need to vote for her because she is the favorite so I vote for my number two”. Hope that people still vote.
During Melodifestivalen, Cornelia left her phone to avoid thinking about opinions, comments and odds lists.
Before the semi-final, she does the same, a trick to be able to focus.
– Most things are really nice stuff, but that’s exactly what you don’t want to be reminded of, the whole world outside. I think it’s positive to feel that you’re in a bubble, to take in that there are 200 million people watching and how big it’s. It can be damn difficult and can take away the focus from what I have to do. It’s better that I feel that here we’re in our little bubble and not be so reminded of the world outside.
Cornelia and the Eurovision competitor from the UK, Sam Ryder, posted two TikTok videos earlier this afternoon (May 10) of themselves singing “Hold Me Closer” and “Spaceman”. Sam is one my favorites to win after Cornelia, so to get a duet with them is a dream come true. I got goosebumps! I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Last night on May 9, Cornelia performed a few songs live at the Eurovision Village in Parco del Valentino, Turin, Italy. Thanks to bellamarcella for recording all videos for us that couldn’t be there. I have posted photos in the gallery. You can find the link the album down in this post, to be updated when I find more.
The Venaria Reale, a castle in Turin, Italy, was the venue/location of yesterday’s (May 8) Eurovision 2022 opening ceremony and the turquoise carpet. The sheer dress Cornelia wore looked stunning on her. No one would’ve rocked this outfit better than Cornelia. Check out the gallery for pictures from the carpet. The album will likely be updated frequently if new photos are posted during the day.
The live stream from the Eurovision 2022 Opening Ceremony Turquoise Carpet starts at 16:00 CEST tonight. The carpet is placed at The Venaria Reale in Turin, Italy this year. A very beautiful place from what I have seen on social media. Cornelia is planned to arrive between 18:00-18:30. Watch the live stream below!