Last year it announced its arrival with a fierce line-up of Eurovision acts, a super-long red carpet and a pre-party that drew fans from all over Europe. And in 2018 the ESPreparty in Madrid is ready to turn up the volume yet again with its second edition on April 20 and 21.
Last year’s show drew 21 international acts — including Kristian Kostov and Robin Bengtsson — and 11 Spanish artists including host Ruth Lorenzo, and fellow stars Brequette and Mirela. Bai la la la la! Given its success in 2017, we’ve no doubt this year will be even hotter.
You can read full details about the party on the eurovision-spain web site. But for now, why not relive the red carpet event below? You can also scroll down to see a playlist with some of our interviews and the performances themselves.
ESPreparty 2017 red carpet
Turn up. Turn out. It’s a simple rule that celebrities from L.A. to London follow throughout awards show season. And the Eurovision 2017 stars followed the protocol as they walked into Madrid’s Sala La Riviera for the inaugural Eurovision Spain Pre-Party.
Wiwibloggers Bernardo, Jacob, Jordi and Luis worked social media as the stars werked the red carpet and we’re pasting the highlights below — just in case you missed them the first time around.
Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic slipped into something totally outré as he whipped his hair back for fans…
The Czech Republic’s Martina Barta was looking totally fresh-faced and radiant as she stepped into the venue.
Always cheerful, she pleaded for support for all the artists. Baby, you got it!
Hovig kept it simple in an on-trend bomber-jacket and some very trendy aviator sunglasses.
He was taking so many selfies we worried he may not make it inside! But he loves to give back to his fans.
Next it’s a lady in red — Alma from France! Serving that L’Oreal cover girl realness, she looked fiery, but reminded us that she’s very sweet.
“Hello wiwibloggs! I’m sending you lots of love. Thank you for your support because I’m reading all the articles every day and I love it!”
Albanian star Lindita was kind enough to call us her favourite people in the world as she sashayed down the carpet.
Working a pure and pristine look, she put her assets on fine display with a VERY plunging neckline.
Her perfectly manicured nails were painted white, and she wore a gold choker to add extra sex appeal.
She’s the newly crowned Queen of Poland and she’s winning fans in and out of the country.
And Kasia Mos reminded us why as she slipped into an off-the-shoulder black top with a shiny skirt that helped light up the runway.
Fresh-faced and radiant, she perked up to send all y’all love despite being bombarded by fans for selfies.
The guys of SunStroke Project bust out into spontaneous song with their fans.
THAT is how you slay!
Nathan Trent was one of the happiest people at Eurovision 2017, serving non-stop optimism and a can-do attitude that befits his entry “Running on Air”.
The Austrian star cut a casual figure, pairing a white t-shirt with a vintage leather jacket.
He had nothing but love for his Spanish hosts, saying everyone was so kind, and he seemed legitimately touched that so many people know his name. Awww.
Don’t call her Tako! Tamara, one of the biggest divas of the year, strutted down the red carpet holding her mobile phone (she’s got to stay connected) and a bottle of water (which explains why her skin always looks so soft and supple).
Ready to rock out she was kind enough to pause and spread some love.
The red carpet was no match for Valentina Monetta, whose flame red hair was the real standout of the evening.
Her singing partner Jimmie Wilson pulled his shirt down, creating a rather low neckline. As he flexed his pecs we saw some proper décolletage…
Ireland’s Brendan Murray is dying to try — but he looked effortlessly chic as he walked the red carpet in Madrid.
Nodding to the hot summer nights, he wore a breezy white shirt which straddled casual and dressed-up perfectly.
Watch as he kindly poses for photos with the endless throng of fans.
Switzerland’s Miruna made the most of sun-drenched Spain, wearing a low-cut top that showed off her ample assets.
Despite her spilling cleavage all eyes were on her perfect pout and even skin tone, which looked extra matte despite the rising temperatures.
He may be one of the younger acts in this year’s competition, but Kristian Kostov has already developed his own style, working a funky graphic jacket covered in palm frees.
He paired the jacket with a long and flowing black top and some spray-on denim jeans, dancing and jiving all the way up the red carpet.
When they’re angry they don’t yell — they yodel!
And Romania’s Ilinca and Alex Florea did it again on the red carpet. But this time Ilinca — who sizzled in red — performed a special version shouting out to her friends at wiwibloggs.
We love her spontaneity! We also love how Alex contrasted the songstress by wearing all black, adding some much-needed edge and grit to the red carpet. We approve!
Who’s that girl? It’s the beautiful Tijana from Serbia working head-to-toe black!
And right behind her it’s Robin Bengtsson, showing off more cool cat styling with his suit and white turtle neck.
Teen queen Blanche is ready to shine just like her “City Lights”.
She wore a textured velour top which she paired with a pink bottom.