Following the dry run-through of the second semi-final (and an unfortunate move from our hotel to a rundown hostel), Wiwi and Vebooboo booked it over to the Russia Party at Euroclub hosted by Alexey Vorobyov. Our main goals, as always, were to get free food and drinks so we wouldn’t have to pay for dinner.
All the regulars turned up at the first semi-final press conference at Eurovision 2011: the contestants sweating ambition, the journalists asking stupid questions and the photographers taking pictures of folks obscured by microphones. Wiwi and Vebooboo sat through the madness so you wouldn’t have to. Here are the highlights.
It’s late in Dusseldorf, but Wiwi and Vebooboo are working hard to report how things went down in Semi-Final 1.
Six acts competing at Eurovision 2011 have performed on Europe’s biggest stage before. And two of them—Dana International and Lena—have already tasted victory. But does a second trip to Eurovision make them likely victors—or does it make them tired and stale? (Let’s not forget what happened to Malta’s Chiara Siracusa in 2009? Sad.)
Yohanna, the Icelander who most resembles Scarlett Johansson, managed to place second at Eurovision in 2008 despite performing before a creepy Scientology-inspired backdrop and wearing a dress made of dead blue birds. Apparently the island nation still has faith in the singer, as they voted her through the second semi-final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, the Icelandic […]
Sigurjón Brink, who was due to compete in the third semi-final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsin on January 29, died unexpectedly last night at his home in Garðabæ. Initial reports suggest that he passed away following a heart attack.
The Icelanders put the financial crisis behind them, collected a few kroners, and last night managed to stage the first semi-final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsin 2011, their Eurovision selection contest. Fans gave two contestants the green light for the February 12 final.
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has released the artists performing in the first semi-final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, the Icelandic national selection, on January 15. Here they are. Who do you think has the best shot out of these entries?