Boggie, a nickname for successful Hungarian jazz singer Boglarka, will represent her nation with the earnest stripped back peace anthem 'War’s for Nothing'. This hymnal ballad may struggle against stronger entries in the first semi-final but that should not take away from the positive message of the song. This entry promises a quieter moment on the Vienna stage that will have us all considering the futility and absurdity of conflict.
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4 Questions with Boggie
What is an interesting aspect about your entry?
My song is against the institution of wars. It's a hymnal ballad which was composed by three composers: Áron Sebestyén, Sára Helene Bori and me. We have different personal stories behind it. Personally I am easily touched by any human suffering and nowadays we have more and more of that near and far. The three of us would like to raise people’s attention towards this issue.
What are some impressive facts about you?
My music is a mixture of all the styles I learnt: pop, jazz, French chanson, country, folk and classical. It is something that I call high-quality pop. I think it is really important to start to compose your own songs because it defines your character and it helps you to find your own voice. There will come a time when you will see that it was worth it. My full name is Boglárka which has no equivalent in any other language. That's why I decided to use my nickname as an artist name: Boggie.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Every time before I go on stage I try to clear my mind. I focus on the message and I forget everything. I am really in the song.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Besides feeling lucky and blessed to represent Hungary, I also truly believe that through music we can make the world a better place.