Your Queen Is German, I Know That!
(From a Swedish magazine, OKEJ, in 1997.)
After many visits to Sweden and even a tour through the country, we guessed that Blümchen had become a Sweden expert. Forget it! The Little Flower doesn't seem to have watched TV, bought a soft drink or seen the star-decorated, blue EU-ring in the passport control. Is it Deutschland über alles that is everything for her?
We're sitting in the lobby in Hotel Freys in central Stockholm and we're waiting for our favorite German girl: Jasmin Wagner, or Blümchen as she's called. When she bounces in to us, she's eating a Daim ice cream.
"Mmm, this is good," she says on our way to the restaurant.
The little German flower recently released her new single Gib Mir Noch Zeit that surprisingly is a slow song. And we thought that Blümchen only made songs in express speed.
"You were wrong about that," she laughs. "People got to know me through dance music but I sing slow songs, too. That's another part of me. Gib Mir Noch Zeit is one of my older songs. It's a nice song and I wanted to see how people reacted when they heard pop-Blümchen with a slow song. The song became a hit in Germany, and I hope it will be successful here, too. It's a song about feelings, and it doesn't really feel right to sing a song about feelings in a dance song."
"The song isn't for someone special," she continues, "and it's not written from my own experiences. It's about things that people always think about. How would I react in that kind of situation? How would my friends react? Everyone has the same feelings. Everyone can feel hate, love, happiness, pain, and that's something every human has in common. I want people to recognize themselves and think 'but that's me!'"
Rumours have said that you're going to change your artist name Blümchen to your real name Jasmin...?
"My next album will definitely be a Blümchen album, but we will see what happens in the future. It is all about planning. I might change my name if I find one that I like. Maybe if I start or join a band. But everything has its time and everything needs to change. In Germany, they know me as "Jasmin Wagner, also known as Blümchen." I mean, they are both me. My real name and my artist name. We'll see what happens in the future."
There's not so much to say about the new album yet. It is still in the planning stage.
"People are writing songs right now. The CD will hopefully be even better than the last one! But right now there's a lot of work left."
Blümchen looks a little terrified when we tell her that we are going to give her a Sweden test. She doesn't think it will go too well, even if she has been here many times. But we'll give it a try anyway.
1. How many people live in Sweden?
2. How many Swedish TV channels do we have in Sweden - not including the cable channels?
3. After Stockholm, wich cities are Sweden's biggest?
4. Let's move on. What is our prime minister called?
5. Name a Swedish vodka or a Swedish beer.
6. Name three hotels in Stockholm.
7. Name two Swedish car producers.
8. A swedish airline?
9. Name three big Swedish artists.
10. Name a Swedish gas staion.
11. What's worth more - the Danish mark or the Swedish crown?
12. Are we a part of the EU?
13. Does Sweden have a king or a president?
14. How much does a Coca-Cola cost in a normal Swedish shop?
15. How old is OKEJ this year?
16. What is the airport in Stockholm named?
The results are: 8.5 failures, 5.5 passes, one passed well and one passed very well.