Slovakia’s Daniela and Veronika Nízlová, the singing duo better known as the TWiiNS, want to double your pleasure and double your fun at Eurovision 2011. Known for their barely-there shorts and habit of standing legs akimbo, they’ve never been afraid to cast subtlety aside in the name of YouTube views. But you probably gathered that […]
Stella Mwangi is already a pioneer of Norway’s hip-hop scene, and soon she may become the first black woman ever to win Eurovision. In part one of our two-part interview, Stella discusses her victory at Melodi Grand Prix, and recounts what it was like immigrating to Norway as a little girl.
Take six people with no discernible musical ability. Dress them up in clothes inspired by the Village People. Enter them in your national Eurovision contest. Watch your government fall. That, in short, sums up the journey of Homens da Luta (Men of Struggle), a Portuguese comedy troupe who have all of Portugal chanting rebellion.
When talking to twins, an interview tends to run twice as long. When talking to Jedward, who speak in paragraphs rather than sentences, it runs longer still. So, in order to bring you all the Jedward goodness in digestible chunks, Wiwi has divided the interview into two parts. In part one, below, Jedward tell Wiwi […]
If members of the Soviet Politburo ever produced an adult video, it might have looked something like this. In “I Love Belarus,” Anastasiya Vinnikova suggests that nationalism is sexy, and that loving your motherland will get you some love from its daughters. In the opening bars, the 20-year-old singer–prone to posing provocatively in silhouette–describes herself […]
Under the influence of alcohol, you might mispronounce Azerbaijan as aspiration. You wouldn’t be far off the mark. A fiery patriotism makes doing well at the Eurovision Song Contest a matter of national importance, and that occasionally leaves competitors scratching their heads. In 2010, as Europe tightened its purse strings, Azerbaijan sunk more than $2 […]
From the moment French broadcaster France 3 announced that Amaury Vassili had been selected for Eurovision 2011, Eurovision fans and bookies have been shouting “Ooo la la!” Amaury instantly became the bookies’ favorite, and he’s increasingly seen at or near the top of online voting polls. The French opera star recently spoke with Wiwi about […]
Eric Saade won top marks from the international jury and public televoters at last month’s Melodifestivalen final. But the hard work that catapulted the half-Lebanese singer to stardom started long before that. As the oldest of eight siblings and half siblings, he shouldered grown-up responsibilities when his parents divorced—and when he signed his first record […]