One of the big trends at the 2016 contest is the abundance of male soloists that will take to the stage in Stockholm. No surprise really given that many nations have taken a long hard look at Mans Zelmerlöw’s winning performance from last year and are attempting to replicate some of this winning magic. Copying is the ultimate form of flattery is it not?
This year Hungary have selected husky voiced Freddie to perform “Pioneer” in an attempt to win the glittery top prize and there’s a bit of a buzz about this young man. Freddie’s not all handsome features and expressive eyebrows he’s got a raspy voice and sings “Pioneer” with just the right amount of gusto. Add in a whopping big drum and some whistling backing singers whacking fluorescent light sticks and this entry may tickle the fancy of many across Europe and Australia. Mark under - one to watch.
Watch Freddie's official video for 'Pioneer':
Four Questions with Freddie
What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?
My song is about our inner struggles we have to face day by day and the fact that all the answers lie deep inside of us. A true pioneer faces problems and takes full responsibility for his decisions. Personally, I love how the song unfolds to a massive peak and then comes to that intimate closing which actually feels like a sigh of release.
I do not think there is a high chance of other entries using any kind of whistle. I guess ours is quite a hook, at least it is in our home country and I hope it will work in front of an international audience as well. At least the international reactions have been quite positive so far on that.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- Representing the country I was born in after spending just one year in our national music industry.
- Last year my song Mary Joe was chosen the hit of the year.
- A couple of months ago I was given the Hungarian InStyle Award in the category of "Young Talent”.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I always need a couple of minutes to calm myself down. Just a few minutes of tranquillity while I can sink to the bottom of my soul so that I can sing my heart out to the audience.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
I really cannot imagine any bigger honour than representing my home country. I am shivering in the best sense and I can hardly wait for getting on stage. I am very ambitious and motivated to learn from other countries, it is an excellent opportunity for me to improve. I am really looking forward to meeting you all!