On May 17, just three days after the grand final of Eurovision 2016, wiwibloggers William and Deban were running on fumes. After two weeks of non-stop interviewing, filming, blogging and partying, they were dead. But they weren’t done! Stumbling over their words and struggling to stay awake, they met up in London to discuss their personal highlights from Eurovision 2016.
It’s impossible to discuss all of the amazing moments from Stockholm — a video can only be so long! And naturally everyone’s experience is different. What follows are their top five moments from the fiesta in Sweden — and most of those moments happened off-the-stage rather than on it!
After watching, let us know what YOUR top moments were. Whether you were watching from home or experiencing the action on-the-ground in Stockholm, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Eurovision 2016: Our Personal highlights
1. The Eurovision 2016 voting segment
When SVT announced that it was re-thinking the voting presentation, a lot of fans shrieked WTF?! But when all was said and done, the revelation of televotes after the jury votes led to the most exciting vote reveal in ages.
2. The Wiwi Jam
We threw a party at the Hard Rock Café and the 700 available tickets sold out in 36 hours. We weren’t expecting that. But what we were expecting was for our invited guests to turn up and turn out! From Lisa Ajax’s world premiere of her latest single to Sergey’s show-stopping take on “Take it Off”, the acts really slayed.
3. Studio Eurovision
Lights, camera, Eurovision! Ahead of Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2 and the grand final, Eurovision 2016 host broadcaster SVT aired “Studio Eurovision” — a one-hour long pre-show. Host Gina Dirawi interviewed Eurovision 2016 acts and Swedish superstars from ESC and Melodifestivalen, and guest performers like Wiktoria and Ace Wilder dropped their biggest hits. So you can imagine how excited we were to serve as special guest commentators for all three shows.
4. Eurovision taxi
Countless readers and Eurovision journalists have asked us if the Semi-Final 1 taxi segment was a stitch-up and if we were in on the joke beforehand. The answer is NO! You can watch our segment with Petra Mede below in case you have no idea what we’re talking about.
5. Coming Together
The team behind wiwibloggs spends a lot of time working on this web site and its social media channels. That’s one of the reasons we all feel so close, even if some of us have never actually met in person. Thankfully Eurovision affords an opportunity for lots of us to #ComeTogether. Warm fuzzies, y’all!