Printre cei 12 finalisti ai selectiei nationale Eurovision 2015, anuntati de TVR, se afla si trupa CEJ, calificati cu melodia „We Were in Love”. Misterul planeaza asupra membrilor trupei, cu atat mai mult cu cat ei nu au fost prezenti nici la conferinta de presa organizata de TVR. Asadar, cine se ascunde sub aceste initiale?
Este vorba de nimeni altii decat membrii fostei trupe suedeze Rednex, mai exact Annika Ljungberg, Jens Sylsjö si Fredrik Jernberg. Trupa si-a schimbat denumirea, in urma unor conflicte contractuale cu producatorii care detin marca „Rednex”. Noua titulatura, CEJ, provine de la „Cotton Eye Joe”, titlul piesei care le-a adus celor trei faima internationala, propulsandu-i pe primul loc in clasamentele din 13 tari!
Star Gossip Magazine a avut onoarea si ocazia de a vorbi cu cei trei CEJ in ultimul interviu in exclusivitate dedicat finalistilor Selectiei Nationale Eurovision 2015!

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Hello CEJ and welcome back! Tell us first of all, why did you choose Romania for the second time to compete for ESC 2015?
WE HAVE VERY STRONG RELATIONS TO ROMANIA AND WE HAVE BEEN TOURING A LITTLE THERE. IT HAS BECOME LIKE OUR SECOND HOME, EVEN IN OUR HEARTS !

Why CEJ and not Rednex? Will you keep this band name from now on?
SINCE 2009 WE TOOK THE DECISION TO WORK WITH THE NAME C E J (COTTON EYE JOE) INSTEAD. WE LOVE IT AND AS PEOPLE SAY; “YOU ARE NOT BIGGER THAN YOUR LAST HIT. AND OUR SINGLE “COTTON EYE JOE” HAVE SOLD LOADS OF MILLIONS. NOW WE HOPE “WE WERE IN LOVE” WILL SELL AS MUCH AS OUR OLD SINGLE. SO YES WILL KEEP THIS NAME !

Tell us more about your song. The producers, the message, etc.
IT IS A STRONG SONG FOR US WITH A VERY DELICATE LYRIC. IT IS A SONG ABOUT ANNIKA AND ANNIKA’S HUSBAND´S DIVORCE. ABOUT HOW THINGS DEVELOP AND HOW HARD IT IS TO SPLIT UP. ESPECIALLY AFTER SO MANY YEARS (15 YEARS).

Which are the chances for a foreign participant to be heard and voted for the country that he represents in Eurovision?
AS WE ARE A GLOBAL BAND WE BELIEVE IT COULD BE AN ADVANTAGE FOR ROMANIA TO SEND US TO REPRESENT ROMANIA SINCE WE HAVE FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD ! SO ROMANIA AND ITS PEOPLE MEAN THE WORLD TO US !!!!

Which is your true opinion about Eurovision? How do you think this contest evolved throughout time?
WE LOVE THE EUROVISION. THE MUSIC CREATES A FOUNDATION WHERE PEOPLE DO, FOR ONCE, THE SAME THING: SINGING AND PLAYING TOGHETHER !

Which of the winning songs until now is your fav?
ABBA WITH WATERLOO…. AFTER ALL WE ARE BORN IN SWEDEN !

Tell us more about the show that you intend to present in Craiova.
IT IS GOING TO BE LOVE AND PAIN ON STAGE !

Which is your opinion about our country and our music industry.
YOU LIVE IN A PASSIONATE COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN HUMAN AND ITS RIGHTS. YOU HAVE EXPORTED SO GREAT MUSIC. WE LOVE YOUR FOLKROOTS. NOBODY CAN PLAY THE FOLKISH VIOLIN LIKE YOU ! AND AS YOU KNOW…YOU ARE A TOPEXPORTING MUSICINDUSTRY. YOU DELIVER LOAD OF HITMUSIC AS WELL. YOU REALLY HAVE AN EXCITING MUSIC INDUSTRY.

What’s next after Eurovision? When will you release a new single?
WE ARE RIGHT NOW RECORDING AND PLANNING IN THE STUDIO. MORE WILL COME…FOR SURE !

Share a message for all your Romanian fans!
FITI ALATURI DE NOI PE 8 MARTIE. VOTATI-NE !!! VA IUBIM !!!
All the best from C E J (Annika Jens Fredrik)

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