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Sofi Marinova inspired by Lili Ivanova, Michael Jackson and Nikos Verdis

13 March 2012 / 00:03:15  GRReporter
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It was at a fair, when I was 12 years old. You know how it is there - street stalls, sausages, beer, bands, a lot of fun in general. My mum made me get up on the stage to sing a song. I was ashamed and did not want to do it at first. When I got up, I saw the people walking, buying things from the stalls, eating. Everyone was having fun. I chose a song by Dragana Mirkovic as many people in Bulgaria listened to her music at that time. I did not know the sheets of music and the musicians made me sing without accompaniment. I took the microphone and sang, and suddenly, they all turned to the stage to see where this voice was coming from. Everybody came to the stage and when I got down, many people came to greet me and kissed me. It was very nice. My mum was very pleased and said that next time I would have to sing better. Finally, the watermelon seller at the fair said he wanted to give a watermelon as a gift to the child who sang on stage.

You are not a beginner but an established singer. So, is a failure at Eurovision troubling you?

Some people in Bulgaria are really happy that I will represent the country at Eurovision and I do not want to disappoint them. I have been singing in Bulgaria for fifteen years now, I have been on tour with Slavi Trifonov, I sang on great stages, I have the routines, but it is quite different abroad. The contest involves many singers, many professionals from every style of music. They have ballets, choreography - all have tried to give the best of themselves so that I cannot hide that I am a little scared. However, I know I am good. So, let God be with us and enlighten our path to bring Eurovision to Bulgaria.

Who are your favourite performers from the local and the global scene?

My favourite singer from Bulgaria since I was a child is Lili Ivanova. From the world scene, I like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson the most.

What is your dream, what will you strive to achieve from now on?

The most important thing to me now is to win Eurovision for Bulgaria. That would be wonderful and this has been my dream lately. Generally speaking, I dream of becoming world famous one day. I mean, the people in Bulgaria know me. I already have performances abroad in clubs, parties, etc., but I want to become world famous and go on tour in the USA, be invited to MTV like the big stars. Eurovision is giving me a chance and I am very happy. I will start learning English and all of a sudden, I will sing in other countries (she is laughing).

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