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. This is the Daily Digest for Wednesday 27 March.
Olá Telavive! Conan Osíris reacts to Roger Waters
From Lisbon to Tel Aviv via TAP Portugal honey! Conan Osíris landed in Israel to record his postcard for Eurovision. KAN didn’t miss the opportunity to interview the Portuguese star and touch on the news that made headlines last week: Roger Waters’ request for a boycott. Yikes! Tiago was visibly uncomfortable — “Well, it’s what you see… Everybody has their content, right?”. They also asked HoD Carla Bugalho if they got instructions in case the bomb sirens rang. It’s all about the music. (Bernardo)
Conan has also been practising the dance for his postcard with seven back-up dancers. In the news bulletin, we see arms and limbs flying everywhere as the group do a wild set of moves that almost seem animalistic in nature. We don’t really know what’s going on, but we sure are intrigued to see the final product in May. (Jonathan)
Mahmood and Italian Deputy PM make peace
Love love, peace, peace ya’ll. Mahmood and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini have made peace on the Maurizio Costanzo Show. Drama arose following Mahmood’s Sanremo victory. Salvini sent out some tweets where he called “Soldi” a “meh” song and claimed that 90% of Italian viewers are “perplexed”. One of his fellow ministers later added that “it shows the distance between the elite and the audience”. But the two men now seem to be on better terms. The episode will air tomorrow on Italy’s Channel 5. (Jacintha)
Giovedì 28 marzo, in seconda serata su Canale 5, torna il #mauriziocostanzoshow. Sul palco: @matteosalvinimi, @Mahmood_Music, #MaraVenier, @GiulioMogol, #FrancescoMonte e @GiuliaSalemi93 pic.twitter.com/YqOZaNriWy
— Musica e Tv 2.0 (@MusicTvOfficial) March 26, 2019
Stream the truth
Another day, another Eurovision 2019 track arrives on streaming platforms. The latest addition is Azerbaijan’s Chingiz Mustafayev. His entry “Truth” was released across streaming platforms yesterday. You can stream all of the songs on wiwibloggs’ dedicated playlist on Spotify. (Angus)
Chingiz works on his vocals
Chingiz has also shared a couple of videos to his Instagram story, showing him working on the vocals for his Eurovision entry “Truth”. The Azerbaijani singer is working with famed vocal coach — and two-time Cypriot Eurovision star — Alex Panayi. It’s the first taste of Chingiz’ live vocals — and it sounds like he’ll have no trouble delivering in Tel Aviv. Alex Panayi has also been working with the Russian team, so both Chingiz and Sergey Lazarev will benefit from the maestro’s talent. (Robyn)
— DewA (@Dew_A__) March 26, 2019
Waffle shop owner tries falafel for the first time
Michael Rice’s trip to Tel Aviv has turned into one of many new experiences. The team at KAN gave the British singer his first taste of falafel (a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas or fava beans). “I like it, I think”, he notes before comparing it to the stuffing he has back in the UK. A score out of ten? Michael initially gives it a seven, though that later rises to an eight. Watch to the end of the video to see how he handles the hot sauce (spoiler: it gets a zero!). If you’d like another mukbang from Michael, he’s also tried his first ever baklava while visiting a local market. Check the video out on Twitter here. (Jonathan)
Fish and chips – OUT! ?
Falafel – IN! ?
— KAN Eurovision Israel (@kaneurovision) March 26, 2019
KEiiNO head to the desert
Their song for Eurovision 2019 channels the icy realness of life beneath the Northern Lights, but KEiiNO are turning up the heat for their postcard. The trio were joined by the Misgav Dance Group in the Israeli desert. They tell fans that they got a little sun burnt, but “it was totally worth it”. (Padraig)
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Done for the day! ? Today we recorded the post card for Eurovision 2019, and it was an amazing experience with the greatest crew and dancers from @misgavdancegroup ! We recorded from the desert, and got a little bit sun burnt – but it was totally worth it ?? So excited to see the result! What a day!
John Lundvik returns to the studio
After the exhausting Melodifestivalen circuit, John Lundvik is off to Malmö to write and record new music. But despite the intensity, “the longing and joy” is growing as he gets closer to Tel Aviv. (Jacintha)
Michela touches down in Tel Aviv
Malta’s Michela may have recently cancelled a couple of pre-party appearances, but she is still busy with preparations for Eurovision. The “Chameleon” singer is in Tel Aviv to shoot her Eurovision postcard. She shared the moment with fans, including a pic showing Michela gazing at a golden Tel Aviv sunset. (Robyn)
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Beautiful sunset here in Tel Aviv? Impressed by the great hospitality we received and can’t wait to discover more about this country and its people. In the meantime @eurovision preparations are in full swing as we shoot the traditional postcard over the next couple of days! Thanks for your constant support, I am forever grateful??
Oto Nemsadze reveals his musical theatre side
While Georgia’s Oto Nemsadze will sing the serious rock ballad “Keep on Going” at Eurovision, he showed a different side on Ranini, the show that doubles as Georgia’s artist selection for Junior Eurovision 2019. Oto joined 13-year-old contestant Nika Petriashvili, duetting on the jaunty “Reviewing the Situation”, from the classic musical Oliver! Oto and Nika were an entertaining pair, and if there was ever to be a Georgian production of Oliver!, they need look no further for casting Fagin and the Artful Dodger. (Robyn)
Joci Pápai launches a photography contest
Broadcaster MTVA has launched an open call for pictures featuring Hungarian fathers. This ties in with Joci’s lyrics, which describe his deep and personal relationship with his father. The team wants to showcase this as part of his Eurovision stage show in May. It is advised to have only the dads appearing in these pictures that need to be submitted to [email protected] before midnight 31 March. Find all the details here. (Barnabas)
Miki gives a laid back performance of “La venda”
Spain’s entry “La venda” is a frenzy of beats and dancing. However, on Tuesday, Miki gave a more laid back performance than what we’re used to. He performed with all the dancers in Fama A Bailar — think a dancing version of Operación Triunfo. On Twitter, Miki said he didn’t even give 0.5% of the energy he will have in Tel Aviv. Still, his vocals were pretty on point: the vocal lessons are paying off! (Luis)
? Aquí tenéis la actuación completa de Miki en Fama. Nunca faltan las ganas de bailar cada vez que escuchamos esta canción. Ha sido increíble, y seguro que no es ni un 1% de lo que hará en Tel Aviv. pic.twitter.com/6vqz9n8lzy
— Miki Núñez España (@MikiNunezES) March 26, 2019
Tamta has a posse
The Cypriot team has revealed that Tamta won’t be alone on stage. She’ll be joined by four male dancers: Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin. Keen-eyed viewers may recognise Lamin (second from left) as being part of Robin Bengtsson’s treadmill-hopping menswear quartet from Kyiv. The lads plus Tamta make five, which suggests there may also be a sixth performer, possibly an off-stage backing singer. (Robyn)
Pleased to welcome Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin to #TeamReplay. These fantastic four dancers are Tamta 's boys on stage #TeamCy
One month ’til coronation
He gave us two new songs on Friday, and we won’t have to wait long for more. Writing on Twitter, Bilal Hassani confirmed that his debut album Kingdom will drop in one month’s time — Friday 26 April. His excitement was palpable:
MON PREMIER ALBUM SORT DANS 1 MOIS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
— Bilal Hassani (@iambilalhassani) March 26, 2019
Has Slovenia’s Gasper misplaced his shirt?
Slovenia is teaching us a lesson one Insta post at a time: Find a man who looks at you like Gasper looks at Zala. Their on-stage love-in at EMA is very much alive in real life. The pair are currently sunning in Lisbon, where they’ve flaunted their romance in a series of photos where Gasper goes shirtless. Apparently aware of his charms, he was recently seen in an Insta Story shirtless in bed and seductively eating a McFlurry (I know that spoon). We hope it was yummy. (William)
Additional contributions from Jacintha, Robyn, Angus, William, Luis and Jonanthan.
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