On Saturday night they’ll perform in the biggest Eurovision preview event of the year.
But on Friday a handful of the Eurovision 2017 stars turned out early and stayed out late for the Eurovision in Concert 2017 Welcome Party in Amsterdam.
Wiwibloggs was on the scene with our cameras out and our attitude on and enjoyed an evening of live performances and scintillating conversation, which took place high in the sky at the bar of this year’s official hotel (which shall remain nameless to keep the paparazzi at bay). How many Eurovision artists can you spot at the bar in the video below?
Guests — including Austria’s Nathan Trent, Belarus’ Naviband, Macedonia’a Jana Burceska, Ukraine’s O.Torvald and Norway’s JOWST — nibbled on hors d’oeuvres and sipped fine wine, while giving a handful of interviews to international and Dutch media.
San Marino’s Valentina Monetta has more experience at Eurovision than any other performer this year. So it was only natural that she and her duet partner Jimmie Wilson were the first to perform.
They turned the small stage into a club of their own, dropping their euro-dance track “Spirit of the Night”. And let’s just say they definitely had the spirit, with Valentina working her flame red hair and that beautiful voice.
HOVIG — who has previously performed his Eurovision number in Armenia and Greece — delivered an acoustic performance of his song “Gravity”.
Stripped back and pure, it really showcased his vocals, which we’ve been a fan of since he released “Stone in a River” back in 2015.
Afterwards he treated the crowd to a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” — talk about versatile!
You can watch all of the performances on our YouTube playlist at the end of this post. You’ll see Manel Navarro cover Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love”, Claudia Faniello slay “Breathlessly” and HOVIG slam dunk an acoustic version of “Gravity”.
But for now we just have to show you Epic Sax Guy in action. All these years later he’s still thrusting and dancing — we can’t take our eyes off of him!
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) April 7, 2017
Before leaving the bar we pulled Israel’s Imri Ziv to the side for an interview by the elevator shaft.
The “I Feel Alive” singer told us about adopting a street cat, what it was like hosting more than 20 acts at Israel Calling and his love of airplanes and aviation. His heart is as big as his biceps. J’adore!
We’ll upload that in the days ahead. As for now, feast your eyes on him wagging that tongue!
And last, but certainly not least, we finally made contact with DiHaj — one of the edgiest and most avant-garde performers of the year.
Working super-high black platforms and plenty of black leather, the Azerbaijani beauty was serving face and attitude — she is a woman of our own heart.
We’re dying to hear “Skeletons” live and tomorrow we finally will. Dead!
Whose performance are YOU most looking forward to? Which acts remain a mystery to you and which ones are you just gagging to get closer to? Let us know in the comments box below.
And don’t forget: You can watch all of tonight’s performances in the YouTube playlist below.