Despite winning this year’s very close Eurovision Song Contest – making her the first female artist to win the competition twice and also helping Sweden equal Ireland’s seven Eurovision wins – Loreen is also keen to talk about the role of meditation in her life, and her main priority being to connect with people through her music and inspire others to be creative. Back in Sweden, she chats to Headliner about the magic Moroccan song she played backstage to help her win, writing Tattoo, how creativity might just save the human race, and how she plans to build on this huge moment.
“I took four days off shortly after the competition. Four days!”, Loreen says with a laugh. “So I went to a tiny island in Sweden where there are hardly any people, just me and my dog. I needed to recharge so I can go back out into the world, authentic and present.”
Nature, the art of being present in life and spirituality are Loreen’s favourite things to talk about, but that doesn’t mean she speaks in a slow, veering-on docile style of speech that many stereotype nature and meditation loving-types as having. She is highly animated and speaks with a great degree of presence and melody in her voice, often letting out a hearty laugh mid-sentence — little things that make her such a likeable Eurovision winner.
For the Eurovision artists, it must be a very curious experience, flying out to Liverpool and becoming friends with fellow singers who they are also competing with. The Eurovision final itself is more than four hours long, and it all comes down to a three-to-four minute slot where you perform the song that got you to the final.
Loreen approached this heady madness in a pretty unique way: “If you passed my little room where we were set up, it was like a little meditation studio. It is a mess, being in that arena with so much noise and so much going on! I would be there for very long hours, but I didn’t mind because in the times when there wasn’t preparation or rehearsal, I could go back to my room with my sage and sit in meditation. But for those who don’t like to do that, it can get very intense backstage, most definitely!”