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 Monday 25 March.
Srbuk gives first live performance of “Walking Out”
Armenia was the first to reveal its artist for Eurovision 2019 but one of the last to make its entry public. This left next to no time for Srbuk to deliver a live performance of her number. But over the weekend, the Armenian songstress performed her Eurovision song live for the first time during an intimate concert. The location didn’t stop her from giving it her all. We’ve seen in the past that Srbuk is an extremely competent vocalist but it is always reassuring to see an artist give a solid performance, especially when one’s song is as challenging as “Walking Out”. (Oliver)
Hatari’s Matthías reports on a shipyard dispute
The fact that many of Iceland’s stars double job is nothing new. Pollapönk included teachers and politicians while the director of the “Never Forget” music video from 2012 was also the country’s goalkeeper during Euro 2016. The latest example involves Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson. He is, to use BDSM terms, the dom of the group. But also works as a reporter in RÚV’s newsroom. In Saturday’s bulletin he covered a dispute between a shipyard and the nation’s road authority and a campaign by a women’s association to highlight clothes wastage. You can watch the reports at 12:16 and 18:19 respectively. (Padraig)
Eurovision “terrorist comedy” is put on hold
Israeli broadcaster KAN’s plans to screen a comedy series featuring a gay French Muslim singer who is involved with a terrorism plot at Eurovision have been put on hold. The show was due to screen in the run-up to May’s contest. It will now be shown at a later date. Similarities with real-life events — France are sending the gay Muslim singer Bilal Hassani to Tel Aviv — drew consternation and allegedly created tensions between the French and Israeli delegations, forcing the EBU to intevene. (Padraig)
Tulia sing “Fire of Love (Pali Się)” live
Last week, Tulia headed to the TVP Polonia studios. The channel is part of Poland’s state broadcaster and is targeted at Polish-speaking audiences outside of the country. While they were there, they took the opportunity to sing their Eurovision entry “Fire of Love (Pali Się)”. The ladies donned red and pink traditional costumes with flower head pieces, and gave us a taste of how their song might sound live when they hit the stage in Tel Aviv. (Jonathan)
Show me Teller Avivv
The UK’s Michael Rice endeared himself to fans with his unusual pronunciation of Tel Aviv. And on Sunday, he finally made it to the city. Just like his fellow competitors, Michael is there on Eurovision business. Filming for his postcard starts tomorrow, and the “Bigger Than Us” crooner is already excited: “apperantly I’ve got some dancers”. In other news, he’s due in Croatia next Saturday to perform on the Zvijezde Pjevaju TV show. (Jacintha)
— BBC Eurovision?? (@bbceurovision) March 24, 2019
Sergey won’t be focusing on the odds
In a eurovision.tv interview from Amsterdam, Sergey was asked what piece of advice his 2016 self would give to him now in 2019. He jokingly responded “Don’t look at the bookmakers”. After being number one in the odds for almost the entirety of the run-up to the contest in Stockholm, this time around the Russian singer wants to focus on his performance and not what others have to say. Check out the rest of the interview below, where he also discusses his love for Eurovision and why he decided “Scream” was the perfect song to return to the contest with. (Jonathan)
S!sters discuss a lyrical connection
Germany’s S!sters have spoken about how they personally connected with the lyrics of their Eurovision entry “Sister”. In an interview with eurovision.tv, Carlotta mentions that the competition between women is something she experiences frequently as a singer. “Normally you get that in high school…but especially as a singer you get in touch with lots of girls competing…it happens a lot and it’s really close to my heart”. Meanwhile, Laurita explains that the lyrics talk about “the feeling that you should feel for every woman on this Earth; even for the one’s that you don’t really understand, so you’ve got to give them love because they need it”. The rest of the interview sees the girls discussing what it was like to first sing the song together, and how they use the lyrics as memes for their everyday life. (Jonathan)
Slowly but surely, the last of the Eurovision 2019 batch are starting to infiltrate international streaming and download platforms. The latest to take the plunge is Serbia’s Nevena Bozovic with “Kruna”. The revamped song first debuted on YouTube late last week. Listen to all the songs available so far in our Spotify playlist. (Padraig)
Sports are forever
Denmark’s Leonora is one competitive lady. When she’s not singing competitively, she’s participating in ice skating competitions. But last week, for once, she could relax. The Copenhagen suburb of Gentofte held its annual ceremony to honour its best and brightest athletes and Leonora was the star guest. She, of course, treated the audience to a rendition of her Eurovision entry “Love Is Forever”. (Padraig).
Last night I played “Love is forever” and one song I wrote myself at Gentofte City Hall as part of the yearly…
Zumba, zumba chameleon
Malta has been in a sweat ever since Michela reached the Top 10 of the Eurovision 2019 bettings odds. And now fitness instructor Zumba Dru is getting in on the act by working out his clients to the beat of “Chameleon”. You can watch him leading his ladies to Malta’s Eurovision song below. (William)
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Chameleons are known to scale walls. And now they are doing Zumba! @dimamalta has filmed @zumbadru slaying a workout to @michelamusicofficial’s “Chameloen”. Google “Chameleon” and “D&D production” and “Zumba Dru” to check out the full routine ?? #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision #eurovision2019
More acts confirmed for Eurovision in Concert
They just keep coming. Following hot on the heels of Hatari, Dana International and more, Poland’s TULIA and Serbia’s Nevena Bozovic have also confirmed their presence for the Amsterdam event. (Jacintha)
The Polish representatives have been added to the line up of Eurovision in Concert too! Welcome Tulia; Welcome Poland! ????#EurovisioninConcert #EiC2019 #eurovision #songfestival #amsterdam #afaslive #poland #polska #tulia pic.twitter.com/KGUVDERUPY
— EurovisionInConcert (@ESCinConcert) March 24, 2019
Additional contributions from Jacintha, Jonathan, Oliver and William.
What Eurovision 2019 song would you zumba to? Would you watch the news more often if your country’s act did the reporting? Let us know in the comments.