On May 11, wiwibloggs hosted our very own Eurovision party — The Wiwi Jam — at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm. Eurovision and Melodifestivalen stars turned up and turned out, working our red carpet before singing live on stage. It was a night to remember.
Among our hottest guests was pre-contest favourite Sergey Lazarev from Russia. Straight from a performance at the Eurovision Village, he smiled from ear-to-ear as we discussed his Semi-Final 1 performance.
“It was great, to be honest,” he said. “To be on the stage and to feel the audience — I really liked that they liked my performance. But I can do better for sure and I will do my best to raise the level of my performance on Saturday.”
Since Russian politicians introduced a series of anti-LGBT laws in Russia, the Russian contestants at Eurovision have had to deal with a public backlash and at times booing in the arena. But this year the booing stopped, replaced instead with loud cheers for Sergey. Clearly his charm and kindness have won over the masses. He takes nothing for granted.
“I received so much support from audience and fans from different countries texting me and wishing me good luck. I am so happy and proud for that.”
Apart from his Eurovision song “You Are The Only One”, Sergey also sang one of his big hits “Take It Off.”
Standing backstage, we were seriously hoping that he would do just that. Sadly we only got a flash of stomach.
Before leaving the stage Sergey threw “Sergey T-shirts” out to the audience.
He also handed a pair to our hosts — wiwibloggers William and Deban — and you could feel them blushing from a mile away.
Interestingly, Sergey was one of only two acts who decided to come to the Hard Rock earlier in the day — before the party started — to test his sound. He wanted to make sure that everything was perfect for his fans.
William had the chance to get Sergey two drinks — a water and an orange juice — and learned that Sergey doesn’t like ice.
“Serving Sergey juice was like taking fine wine to a king,” he tells me afterwards. “I would be his court jester any day! He’s a king with a massive heart — and some very loyal subjects. J’adore!”
You can watch all of the #wiwijam live performances below.
Who was your favourite?