Our beloved Eurovision stars are always making headlines, but it can be easy to miss them when you have a day job. So the team at wiwibloggs.com is scouring the newspapers to bring you the best tidbits you missed while working.
Panties for Engelbert. It’s not as frequent as it used to be, but ageing crooner Engelbert Humperdinck still gets panties throw in his face from time to time when performing live. “It still happens on occasion and I certainly don’t mind,” he told the Bradenton Herald. “But that’s something people did [more frequently] in the ’70s.” He’ll play St. Petersburg, Florida on September 11.
Rapper’s redemption? Stella Mwangi crashed out of Eurovision 2011, so she’s ditched the sweet image and gone hardcore R&B. The artist, whose tracks include “I Shut Shit Down”, has been nominated for the Most Gifted Female Video award at the Channel O Music Video Awards 2013. Here’s the not-so-wholesome video that earned her the nod. You may want to ask your children to leave the room before pressing play…
Bonnie needs a drink. Bonnie Tyler—the singer who experienced a total eclipse of the voice at Eurovision 2013—will perform at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on Sep. 6 and 7. According to the Times of South Africa she’ll spend as much time drinking as she can, and will take day trips to the Cape Winelands, Cape Point and Table Mountain. “We had lunch on top of Table Mountain, enjoying the most magnificent views,” she said of her last trip to Cape Town. “Your local wines were lovely, too. I look forward to enjoying them again. One of your local radio presenters has promised to do a tasting with me.”
Composer stampede in Sweden. The race to win Melodifestivalen 2014 has finally kicked off. Our friends at escunited.com report that composers can submit songs to SVT until September 18. Any bets on how many songs Frederick Kempe and Thomas G:Son will submit between them? Regardless, we imagine they’ll have at least six in the semi-finals.
Dima in motion. On September 3 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan released a new video clip for his song “Malysh (Baby)”. His co-star in the video is Olga Rudyka, a former playmate of the year for Playboy. It’s a sleek video, y’all.
No more suga. Britain’s 2009 Eurovision contestant Jade Ewen has suggested that the Sugababes are no more. She told Digital Spy that the group is “pretty much done,” adding that “Amelle wants to do her own solo stuff, Heidi is doing a Happy Days musical.”
From one chanteuse to another. France’s Patricia Kaas will mark the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s passing with a North American tour from September 12 to 21. Reviewers think it’s totally hot. As one wrote: “By interpreting these songs in her own way, Kaas makes plain that Piaf’s music is not only a root source of inspiration, but a breathing, evolving, entity that defies the limits of time and offers instruction for French chanson as it continues to evolve.” We were seriously gonna say the same thing.