Every day 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 praying, hitting the shops or just chilling out, this is the Daily Digest for Sunday 24 March.
Carousel’s “That Night” gets an upgrade
We’ve had plenty of revamps throughout the season — Montenegro, Spain, Hungary, to name just three. But perhaps the award for the most low key reworking goes to Latvia’s Carousel. On Friday, the Supernova-winning outfit quietly dropped a new version of “That Night” on streaming and download platforms. With richer instrumentation and enhanced vocals, it’s a lot more polished. The original almost sounds like a demo in comparison. (Padraig)
John Lundvik tops every chart possible
He swept the board at Melodifestivalen 2019, but John Lundvik’s domination extends much farther. For the third-week running, he is number one on the Sverigetopplistan top 100. And that’s not all. As confirmed by the verified Melodifestivalen Twitter account, the “Too Late For Love” crooner is topping every single music chart in Sweden, including iTunes, Spotify and radio airplay. He’s in good company, 19 of this year’s 28 Melfest entries are still inside the Swedish top 100, two weeks after the show concluded. (Padraig)
Congratulations, @JohnLundvik! #Melfest winner "Too Late For Love" is now No. 1 on EVERY pop music chart there is in Sweden: Spotify, Apple Music, Singellistan, Airplay Chart, DigiListan and Svensktoppen! Overview from #Eurovision site @escswedencom: https://t.co/1ULfMEHz9q
— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) March 21, 2019
Mahmood goes double platinum
Italy’s charts are also awash with the sound of Eurovision. Perched on top, we have Mahmood once again. Now in its seventh week of release, “Soldi” has gone double platinum — combined sales and equivalent streams of over 100,000. The FIMI chart is littered with Sanremo acts, with Boomdabash, Ultimo, Irama and Shade and Federica Carta also inside the top ten. Meanwhile, Mahmood’s Gioventù bruciata is at eight on the album chart. (Padraig)
Miki sings at a friend’s concert
As we saw in yesterday’s digest, Miki is busy rehearsing for “La venda” in Tel Aviv. But the Spaniard is also finding time to write music and hang with friends. Sometimes he even manages to mix both activities, like when he performed at Arnau Griso’s concert on Friday. Arnau Griso are a ska-pop duo from Barcelona who have been writing songs with Miki, as we previously reported. He joined them for a spirited performance of “Desamortil”. (Luis)
? Arnau Griso ft Miki Núñez: "Desamortil". Simplemente brutal. pic.twitter.com/c00CzXsMXN
— Miki Núñez España (@MikiNunezES) March 23, 2019
Maruv teases “Siren Song” video
As we all know, Maruv will not be heading to Tel Aviv. But “Siren Song” lives on. The Ukrainian pop diva is working on a new music video which will be released soon. Earlier Maruv revealed that she prefers Duncan Laurence’s Arcade to Sergey Lazarev’s Scream. (Jacintha)
— MARUV Official (@MaruvOfficial) March 23, 2019
Kate goes to a Wedding
On Saturday, Kate Miller-Heidke attended the Melbourne premiere of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. But Kate wasn’t just there to share the red carpet with stars such a Rebel Wilson — she was the guest of honour. Kate and husband Keir Nuttall penned the music and lyrics, turning the Australian comedy classic into an acclaimed musical. And there’s a Eurovision connection: the musical, which centres around ABBA-mad Muriel, also includes a performance of “Waterloo”. (Robyn)
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Aaand we are open. Will never forget the surreal experience of sitting directly behind Rachel Griffiths who could barely contain her excitement (and next to Rachel…Derryn Hinch!). So proud of this brilliant cast/band/creative team – I’ve seen the show dozens of times now and it never fails to make laugh and cry like a total maniac. I’m still on a high today. Congratulations everyone especially @natalieabbott_ and @stefaniejones – you’re both fucking amazing #murielsweddingthemusical #murielswedding
Roko is made over
This week, Roko was told what not to wear when he took part in a celebrity makeover show hosted by Croatian TV personality Boris Kosmac. For one outfit, the fashion guru kitted the “The Dream” singer with a smart green jumper, printed shirt and slacks. He also took Roko to the dentist to have his teeth whitened. Writing on Insta, the Dora winner says “even though I look like I’m dying, I’m afraid nothing hurt!”. We don’t know if he received any advice regarding his angel wings. (Padraig)
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Iako izgledam ka da umirem, virujte mi da nista nije bolilo!? Salu na stranu, kad sam u sigurnim i njeznim rukama naseg Adnana u @adident_dentalcentar , strahu nema mjesta! Hvala najboljem stomatologu dr. Adnanu Šabuli?u i veliko hvala @boriskosmac na pozivu u emisiju Celebrity Makeover by Boris Kosma?! • • • #Repost @adident_dentalcentar • • • Pobjednik ovogodišnje Dore – Roko Blaževi? sredio je zubi?e prije odlaska na Eurosong u Tel Aviv! ? @rokoblazevic_official ??? #adident #zagreb #zoomlaser #izbjeljivanjezuba #osmijeh #teethwhitening #smile #dentalclinic
PAENDA announces sophomore album release date
Last year, Austria’s PAENDA released Evolution I, her 13-track debut LP. And now the sequel is almost upon us. Spread across nine Instagram posts, the blue-haired songstress revealed the cover art for Evolution II along with its release date — 26 April 2019. You can pre-order the record here, and of course one of the tracks — her Eurovision 2019 entry “Limits” — is already available. (Padraig)
Additional contributions from Luis, Robyn and Jacintha.
Are you surprised by the success of “Soldi” and “Too Late For Love”? Did you catch Roko’s makeover? Let us know in the comments.
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