Wiwi and Vebooboo were scarfing down cookies and cake when one of the Danish back-up singers (yes, there are actually two hidden on stage!) sat down next to us in the press room. A few minutes of chit-chat led to an interview with Esben and Sebastian from Denmark’s A Friend in London. Here are the […]
For folks living outside of Norway, the country conjures up images of well-to-do white people eating smoked fish and living large off state oil funds. But amid the sea of blonds that color foreign conceptions of the country live Sikhs and Vietnamese, Pakistanis and Poles, and a thriving community of African immigrants. By winning the […]
On a stage where contestants sweat ambition, it’s only fitting that someone would rock up singing a song called “Popular.” Eric Saade, Sweden’s offering at Eurovision 2011, uses his three minutes to convey his desire for pan-European stardom — and the groupies that accompany it. “I’m trying to say that I want to be number […]
John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes and Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes — the Irish twins better known as Jedward — understand the power of self-obsession. It’s a state of mind that has catapulted them from contestants on the X-Factor to the world’s most famous set of identical singing twins. Over the past year […]
Last year Armenia’s Eurovision entry centered its stage act around a 100-lb. replica of an apricot stone. So it wasn’t exactly surprising when, during today’s first dress rehearsal in Düsseldorf, the Armenian delegation wheeled Emmy onto the stage in a larger-than-life boxing glove with her name spelled out in diamonds. With her solid vocals, skimpy […]
In part one of our interview, Stella Mwangi dished on her Eurovision dress and why she wanted to compete at Eurovision 2011. In Part 2 of our interview below, the queen of Norwegian hip-hop explains why she can’t do gangster rap and admits that she’s been taking some singing lessons ahead of Eurovision.
Dana International, the only transsexual ever to win Eurovision, is hoping to reclaim her title in Düsseldorf. This time she’s fighting with a “Ding Dong.” An ode to silent prayer and personal resolve, the song sets perseverance to a mid-tempo dance beat. Its clichéd message that hope springs eternal would normally leave me yawning. But […]
British expatriate David Bryan has made a home for himself in Romania. So much so that Romanian voters chose to send him and his band Hotel FM to Eurovision 2011. David recently spoke with Wiwi about how he ended up in Romania, his love of music and his plans to have plenty of girls […]