The next exchange concert was on VOX’s program on Tuesday evening. In “Sing mein Song” the titles of singer and songwriter Elif (29) were reinterpreted.
Elif had already caused a stir last year: at the “Eurovision Song Contest” competition event “Free ESC” by cult entertainer Stefan Raab (55) last year, she had performed with a made-up violet. She wanted to take a stand against violence against women and LQBTQ members in Turkey.
Ex-boyfriend wanted to destroy Elif’s career
This evening was not just about having fun. After singer Lotte (26) performed the song “Nur mir”, Elif recalled with horror a past toxic relationship – which almost cost her her career: “I met several women who can’t get out of relationships. I wouldn’t have gotten out without a good friend helping me.”
The ex had not begrudge her the success at all: “He had me under control, all my emotions. He really wanted me to stay. He also told me that nobody wants to hear me sing. I think if I hadn’t gotten over that, I would have stopped singing. He talked me into staying at home and not making music anymore. That was really, really vicious. But I’ve already forgiven him.”
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She gives everything on stage: Elif on “Sing my song”Photo: Markus Hertrich/RTL
She has now learned from the experience: “It opened my eyes so blatantly. Why am I falling in love with someone like that?”
Lotte had similar experiences: “When it happened to me, I started to doubt myself. I’ve been wondering: What’s wrong with me that I’m not going? That’s why your song moved me so blatantly, because you left.”
But Elif also uses her childhood experiences in a Turkish family in her compositions. For her, her career as a musician was an escape from the strictly regulated parental home: “I fled from home a bit. I was a different Elif at home than I was outside. Outdoor Elif just does their thing and doesn’t think too much about whether it’s right or wrong.”
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Life between two cultures was not always easy for the singerPhoto: RTL / Markus Hertrich