GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant

GreenJolly: ‘Our heart is in Europe, our soul in Ukraine!’

Standing in front of Hotel Ukraine at Independence Square, Kyiv, it looks like a square like any other square in big European cities. It was the place where, last year, Ukrainians gathered to protest against the election results. Although the revolution itself is over, the real changes take much more time. We spoke with GreenJolly, the Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest representatives, about the Orange Revolution, their song, their future plans and the upcoming contest!

Roman Kalyn, Roman Kostyuk and Andriy Pisetskyi are the three members of GreenJolly. We met in front of the Monument of Independence at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, better known as Independence Square. Within minutes, people approached them for autographes, which made clear that the group is very popular among the locals.

Razom nas bahato is a song about revolution. What’s the meaning of the song for you guys?
Initially, the song was about revolution. We tried to move away from the political issues to a more freedom supporting song. See it like a European song of freedom! We just returned from our European promotion tour and we found out that no matter their age, people sing along the song. At the end, we feel proud that Ukraine chose this song and we are confident that they made the right decision. Not only for Ukraine, but also for the rest of Europe.

Tell us something about GreenJolly’s recent developments!
The band was founded eight years ago and since we got selected to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Everything went really fast. There is a marketing strategy behind the band, we are working on an album which contains songs we wrote over the past eight years.

The organisation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has not been easy for your country. What is your conclusion on the organisation of this event?
We are confident that everything is okay. The governement and the broadcaster were very short in time, but due to co-operation from the highest level, everything seems to be just fine now. We heard many positive reactions on the stage and the events organised around the contest.

That brings us to the difficult period your country faced over the past months. What do you expect the future to bring to Ukraine?
We do expect big changes, both in terms of economy as well as the mentality, that has to change to make everyone feel free. We hope these changes come quickly!

Your song can be compared with hip-hop and rap songs, which are not considered as typical Eurovision Song Contest styles. Don’t you think that this might have negative effects on your result?
No, we don’t think so. We saw people between 3 and 75 years old singing Razom nas bahato.

Have you heard the songs of your competitors?
We heard them all (laughing). We like the girls about Bosnia & Herzegovina and Spain (we asked about the songs, but never mind). We also like the songs of Cyprus and Moldova. Every song can win theoretically, so you never know!

We learned that Ruslana supports you guys! How is she helping you to make this a success?
RUslsna didn’t help us directly with the entry itself, but she brought us in touch with CFC to take care of our public relations, which was important to us. She also told us about the mistakes she made before and after her victory. Ruslana is a great personality when it comes to the promotion of Ukraine and GreenJolly.

Speaking about Ruslana, could you ever imagine to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest?
Not at all! But we are very happy to be here and we feel very, very proud to represent our country. It’s great to get this opportunity. We hope that after the contest, we can do some tracks with Eminem, Sting, Madonna or Britney (guys are laughing)! Honestly, we are going on promotion tour for our album after the contest.

If you had 30 seconds to address the European audience, what would you say?
Hello Europe! Greets from GreenJolly from Ukraine! With our energetic song we would like to invite you to Ukraine. Our country is free and hospitable, so we are with you! Our hearts are in Europe, our soul is in Ukraine!

Thanks for this interview guys, good luck!

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