Conan Osiris Mahmood Tamta Sarah McTernan Michael Rice Lake Malawi Hatari Katerine Duska Ester Peony John Lundvik Miki Sergey Lazarev

Every morning between now and the grand final in May, the team from wiwibloggs will be rounding up the latest titbits from the world of Eurovision 2019. We’ve trawled through Instagram, Twitter and elsewhere so that y’all don’t have to. Whether you’re commuting to work, sitting on the school bus or still tucked under the covers, this is the Daily Digest for Friday 22 March.

Portugal’s Conan Osíris likes Italy’s “Soldi”

It’s not often one hears Eurovision stars discuss clitoral stimulation bullets. But this week, they were just one of the topics of conversation when Conan called by the 5 to Midnight chat show. Apparently they were the best-selling item the sex shop he used to work in. Eurovision 2018 host Filomena Cautela and Inês Lopes Gonçalves extracted plenty more juicy nuggets from him, including that he likes Mahmood’s “Soldi” and that he’d be ok with finishing last in Tel Aviv. You can watch the subtitled interview below. (Padraig)

John Lundivk slept for 24 hours solid after winning Melfest

Decisive national final victories don’t come easy, just ask Sweden’s John Lunvik. The “Too Late For Love” singer was so drained after sweeping the board at Melodifestivalen 2019 that he went to bed for a whole day. He told his partner and kids that he was going to take a rest and awoke 24 hours later. He made the revelation on the SVT chatshow Skavlan which will be broadcast at 21:00 CET tonight. You can watch a teaser of the Swedish-language interview here(Padraig)

Tamta with Sacha

Last year stage director and choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste helped Cyprus slay their way to second at Eurovision. And the Swedish Eurovision maestro is working with the Mediterranean island again, no doubt hoping to give Cyprus its first win. On Thursday Sacha held her very first rehearsal with Tamta in Athens. The pic below doesn’t give away too much. But we do know that Tamta will be striking a pose. It looks like it might be pretty hot, too. Tamta is staying tool in a sports bra! (William)

Miki starts writing new music

Time is precious and most artists endeavour to keep the Eurovision momentum going after May. That’s exactly what Spain’s Miki is doing: he has already started writing new music. Yesterday, he published an Instagram story with Nil Moliner, the author of “Que nos sigan las luces” — Alfred’s solo effort in last year’s OT Eurovision gala — and “Nadie se salva” — Miki’s track with Natalia. He’s also teamed up with Catalan pop singer Arnau Griso, and they promise that they have a hit in the oven. (Luis)

Hatari gets stitched up

We are loving this Hatari cross-stitch pattern, for all those crafty fans who want to dismantle capitalism as they stitch likenesses of their favourite anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group. The pattern was designed by Icelandic Eurovision fan Sigríður Jóhannsdóttir. (Robyn)

Sergey gushes over Duncan: “Great song and great artist”

He was in Germany earlier this week, and by Wednesday Russia’s Sergey Lazarev had reached the Netherlands. On that evening’s edition of RTL Boulevard, he told Dutch audiences why he wanted to return to Eurovision: “It’s one of the best shows in the world”.  He also shared his hopes for a politics-free contest and heaped praise on Dutch entrant, and his rival at the top of the odds, Duncan Laurence. Watch the mostly-English clip below. (Padraig)

Canadian connections

Fresh from her sojourn in Tel Aviv, Canadian-born Romanian singer Ester Peony was back in Bucharest to welcome Canadian-born Greek singer Katerine Duska. Each lady took on the other’s song, and you can see the result in either of their Instagram stories. (Padraig)

Mahmood bags a major gig

Italy’s Mahmood will be fulfilling a lifelong dream come the end of May. Just one week after his performance at Eurovision, the Italian star will hit Mi Ami. No, not Florida but rather Milan’s Mi Ami music festival. He shared the news on Instagram, saying: “after years of attending as a fan, now I get to perform at Mi Ami”. Dare to dream, y’all! (Luis)

Anglo-Irish love in

Ireland and the UK may be at odds over various issues related to the Irish border and Brexit. But there’s clearly no love lost between their Eurovision stars Sarah McTernan and Michael Rice. They held a live Insta chat recently where they discussed the upcoming song contest and even did a duet of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. There may have been a lag with the connection, but it’s clear their real-life connection is on point(William)

Lake Malawi gorge on Israeli candy

The guys from the Czech Republic recently flew to Tel Aviv to film their postcard. And while they were there they tried some Israel candy — Mishloach Manoch — which is often eaten during Purim (sort of an Israeli Halloween). It’s pretty clear that lead singer Albert likes to eat! And while his bandmates throw themselves in, they are perhaps less enthused by everything that goes in their mouth. At one point one says, “I can taste the chemistry in that…” He likes it all natural apparently! (William)

Eurovision promo ads go live

It’s just under eight weeks until the first semi-final hits TV screens across Europe. But this year’s broadcaster KAN is wasting no time. It’s already begun to show promotional ads for the event. The four hosts set free their fun-sides to the soundtrack of a remixed “Te Deum”. (Padraig)

S!sters go global

Germany’s S!sters — that’s Carlotta and Laurita — have finally made “Sister” available worldwide. Until now it’s only been available in Germany, denying a global audience the chance to stream and download their gorgeous anthem on sisterhood. So to all you in Japan, Honduras, Mongolia and Micronesia, get ready to drop some coins! (William)

Additional contributions from William, Robyn and Luis.

Are you excited for Tamta’s stage show? Will you attempt to stitch Hatari? Let us know in the comments.

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Luis
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Luis

Today we got a glimpse of Portugal’s postcard with Conan Osíris, and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
https://twitter.com/kaneurovision/status/1110579185091862531

Talya
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Talya

hey wiwi, just pointing out that Purim isn’t an ‘Israeli halloween’, as you guys said, but a Jewish holiday, or ‘Jewish halloween’ if you will. Israel is not all Jews, all Jews are not Israel, etc, which I’m sure you all know, and out of respect, it would be appreciated it if you didn’t refer to it that way.

Brian
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Brian

Conan is just super cool.

Whisker
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Whisker

I’m digging Daily Digests.
Conan is such a nice guy.

Lola
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Lola

Conan Osiris worked in a sex shop. Your typical Eurovision Singer lol I see what you did with Conan and Mahomood pictures 😉

Melanie Trump
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Melanie Trump

Global Viral Spotify Chart
#16 Norway
#21 Sweden
#43 Italy

Country by Country Viral Spotify Chart
Austria Viral:
#7 Italy

Belgium:
#4 Italy

Czech:
#32 Italy

Denmark:
#18 Sweden

Estonia:
#32 Eat
#35 Italy

Finland
#6 Italy
#10 Iceland
#14 Sweden
#15 Norway

France
#48 Italy

Germany
#15 Italy

Greece
#5 Italy

Hungary
#8 Italy
#28 Hungary

Iceland
#2 Iceland
#3 Italy
#9 Sweden
#33 France
#44 Portugal

Ireland
#41 Italy

Israel
#4 Italy

Italy
#8 Italy

Lithuania
#1 Italy

Malta
#6 Italy

Netherlands
#7 Italy
#43 Norway

Norway
#1 Norway
#10 Sweden
#16 Italy
#33 Iceland

Poland
#2 Italy
#19 Iceland
#21 Norway

Portugal
#2 Portugal
#8 Italy
#45 Norway

Spain
#12 Italy
#20 Norway
#23 Sweden
#34 Portugal
#35 Estonia

Sweden
#1 See
#6 Ita
#11 Nor
#42 Fra
#45 Cze

Switzerland
#5 Ita

UK
#37 Ita

Country by Country top 50 Spotify chart

Estonia
#37 Estonia
Iceland
#5 Iceland

Italy
#3 Italy

Netherland
#13 Neth

Norway
#12 Norway

Sweden
#2 Sweden

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

O NATAL É CHIC LATTE.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Conan Osíris feat. Nicki Minaj sounds fun, make it happen!

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Same song, same choreographer. Replay Replay Fuego !

Grftn
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Grftn

Bilal Hassani has released 2 songs from his upcoming album 🙂 both are doing great on iTunes FR (#8 and #12)

Snappy
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Snappy

Katerine Duska looking like Iva Adamou’s (iconic La La Love) twin.

Nikki
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Nikki

I have a book about make crochet dolls, if anyone interested in their own mini Hatari ?

Loin dici
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By the way, EuroV*ix mentioned that there will be a new style of vote presentation this year. I hope it’s not a total revamp.

Jo.
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Jo.

Sometimes they post rumours as real news, so I’ll wait for an official statement by EBU.

Joe
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Joe

They’re better on it than Wiwi, bless ’em, but it does slip through sometimes.

A passerby
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A passerby

I think I would pay to see a Conan-Mahmood featuring. I think they would slay together ahahah
Oh, and not sure you mentioned Soldi was certified double platinum… Congrats to him!

Mirko
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Mirko

And on March 29 will start Sanremo giovani world tour, which will be a great opportunity for Mahmood to spread to the world his music and talent. The tour will take place in Tunisi, Tokyo, Sydney (good for eurovision), Buenos Aires, Toronto, Barcelona (even better for eurovision’s sponsorship) and Brussels.
But have you seen a post about this?

A passerby
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A passerby

Of course not. I’ve only seen news about a certain someone else (can’t speak his name or they come after you!) ^^’

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Looks like somebody’s a little bit jelly 😀

Susane
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Susane

I ship them 😛 too bad they both have boyfriends lol
But seriously, Mahmood and Conan ones of very cool artists this year, love them both 🙂

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Only king Salvador can b**** about other songs.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Salvador’s favourite in his year, was Gabbani Occidentali’s karma i can remember that correctly

Alaska
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Alaska

And he also praised Belgium’s “City Lights” and Finland’s “Black Bird”.

Michèle
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Michèle

I remember that too – he actually sang some of it on the red carpet launch of Eurovision in Kiev, much to the amusement of his sister!

Trh
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Trh

God! What an obsession! You must be in love with him and be buttheard because you cannot have him.

Mirko
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Mirko

Last time when someone from Portugal said that italian song was beautiful, we lost next…

João
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Salvador said he liked the lyrics the meaning of the italian song in 2017…nothing more than that

Mirko
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Mirko

And then we lost! So after Conan’s words i just thought “OMG once again, it’s just like a dejavu”. Of course i’m joking 🙂

Alaska
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Alaska

This year is Italy’s year, my friend. “Soldi” is gonna win. Trust me, I’m Portuguese… Haha! 😉

bluelight
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bluelight

Do you want another coincidence? Both representants from Italy as the same horoscope sign, the same happens with representants from Portugal.

I want Italy to win this time and of course I wish a good result for Conan Osiris.

Love love Peace piece
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Love love Peace piece

Lmao!

Mirko
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Mirko

That’s so strange! 🙂
I’ve been wishing for an italian victory for a long time. Fingers crossed! 🙂

Aris
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Aris

Replay THE SLAY
Queens Sasha & Tamta!

Nicky91
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Nicky91

yeah yeah fire, 2 years in a row bringing that fire to eurovision GO Cyprus

Maclaren
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Maclaren

Second live performance from Sergey; recording quality is so much better
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSXJj9lOSe/?hl=en

OohHoney
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OohHoney

S!sters still not available in Australia..ugh. Not that I’m excited to listen to it. I just want to listen to them all

Una
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Una

OohHoney – maybe you could check reaction videos on youtube. Even if you’ll not be able the entire song, you could get some pieces from different reactions. There are many reaction video channels out there.

It's me
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It's me

You guys remember Isaura from last year’s Portugal? A bit off topic, but I found her new song, and it’s AWESOME! What do you think? Here’s the link https://youtu.be/1y86Arl69ig

Evridiki
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Evridiki

Thanks for sharing this <3

Love love Peace piece
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Love love Peace piece

It’s ok, I don’t care for the lyrics.