Eurovision 2019 News 28 March

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 Thursday 28 March.

Katerine serves “Better Love” realness in London

Greece’s Katerine Duska is headed to Tel Aviv to shoot her postcard later this week. But before she heads off the “Better Love” singer squeezed in a trip to London, where she met with wiwibloggs for some green juice and a gossip. We can’t tell you what went down — video interview coming to YouTube soon. But we can say that when a queen arrives you have to treat her like royalty! (William)

Tamara tells fans not to worry about her staging

After several years of questionable staging choices from the country, North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska has told fans that everything will be ok. “I know everyone is concerned about our staging but worry not”, she wrote on Twitter. “We have a great team working with us this year and all I can say right now is that I am #Proud”. It had previously been confirmed that a Swedish team will look after her stageshow, which will feature her and three backing singers. Meanwhile, Tamara is in Tel Aviv filming her postcard. The shoot included a spot of river-dancing. (Padraig)

A productive five minutes

It takes three minutes to hear Serhat’s “Say Na Na Na” in full. But according to the Turkish crooner who is representing San Marino for a second time, it only took him two minutes more to come up with the song — that’s five minutes! Speaking to INFE Cyprus, he says:

To be honest I was not thinking to go back to the contest until San Marino TV asked me. I was too busy with my coming album. My first reaction at the telephone was “If we have a good song, I will do it.” I was in Cologne at that time. After five minutes I called them back and said. “We have the song”. Because I wrote the song directly after this telephone call on the streets of Cologne.

“Bigger Than Us” on Spanish TV

The BBC Eurovision account had quite the surprise on Tuesday. As they explained on Twitter: “A Spanish TV channel promoting a Turkish TV series, using the UK song. That’s #Eurovision.” Yup! Back in February the Spanish TV channel Divinity published a promo clip for their upcoming programming, along with a caption referencing his song: “Our evenings are and will be bigger.” No word on why it took them more than a month to notice. (William)

John Lundvik sings “Bigger Than Us”

It’s not just Spanish TV viewers who are getting an earful of the UK’s entry. On Friday last, one of the songwriters appeared on the Swedish chatshow Skavlan. Y’all may know him, it’s John Lundvick. Of course, John is also representing Sweden and will sing “Too Late For Love” in Tel Aviv. However, he took the opportunity to deliver an a cappella version of the UK track. Michael Rice was suitably excited, tweeting “DUET soon please”. (Padraig)

Chingiz serves more live vocals

If his session with Alex Panayai left you wanting more, then look no further. Azerbaijan’s Chingiz has released yet more footage of him singing “Truth” live. The jazzy studio session comes just as the official music video passes one million views on YouTube. (Padraig)

Bilal meets Tim Burton

The famed-Hollywood director Tim Burton is currently on the promotional circuit for his new blockbuster, a live-action remake of Disney’s classic cartoon Dumbo. And his path has crossed with that of Bilal Hassani. The French Eurovision star is working with Disney too. And to mark the film’s arrival, he and the House of Mouse released a video highlighting the importance of embracing difference and not letting the judgements of others define you. You can watch the French-language vlog here. (Padraig)

Sergey touches down in Israel

He’s spent the last fortnight flitting between the Netherlands and Germany. But last night Russia’s Sergey Lazarev arrived in Israel to begin filming his postcard. His first port of call appeared to be a personal visit to the city of Jerusalem. There he visited the famous Western Wall in the Old City. Next stop Tel Aviv! (Padraig)

Carousel’s debut LP takes shape

As of now, we don’t have much in the line of original material from Latvia’s Carousel. But that problem should be rectified soon. Before Eurovision takes over their lives completely, the four-piece took to the studio and laid down the instrumental for their debut LP. The lyrics are a work in progress, but they’ve promised to share the final product “soon”. (Padraig)

Hatari to join Cardi B and Bob Dylan in Denmark 

First Iceland, next Tel Aviv, and after that Denmark. The anti-capitalistic BDMS techno performance group has just been announced for the Danish Roskilde Festival. They will perform on the first day of the festival, Wednesday 3 July, along with headliners Bob Dylan and Cardi B. But this won’t be Hatari’s only festival appearance this summer. They are on the line-up for the Solstice Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland, one week before Roskilde. (Steinunn)

Roskilde Festival

Posted by Hatari on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Darude gears up for Eurovision

The “Look Away” hitmaker shared a video showing him getting fitted for in-ear monitors. That process involves inserting soft silicone plastic into the ear canal, to ensure a snug fit. Wearing in-ear monitors means that on stage in Tel Aviv, artists will be able to clearly hear the backing track and own vocals, where appropriate. Darude has chosen blue plastic for his in-ears, and performance partner Sebastian can be seen lurking in the background. (Robyn)

 

Additional contributions from Robyn, William and Steinunn.

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ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

I love Serhat for just being funny and entertaining and making people smile on stage 🙂 Ofc I appreciate all artistic songs and high efforts and so on, but sometimes you just need an easy-going number to relax. “Say Na Na Na!” 😀

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

As long as Chingiz can properly channel Aquaman in his performance, he’ll be fine.

Una
Una
1 year ago

Wow, there is an entire industry and know-how for staging. People whose names we wouldn’t know had they not been involved in Eurovision. Choreographers, creative directors. It’s amazing to see how things have changed in Eurovision in the last years.

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago

Am I the only one looking forward to Katerine’s interview?

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

Azerbaijan isn’t one of the few examples in which he should lower the key to sound better. He’s singing falsetto. Unless they plan in having backing singers sing with but chest voice in a lower tone.

Alkisti
Alkisti
1 year ago

5 min – one song… so, fast food music after all. Bon apetit, but I pass

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
1 year ago
Reply to  Alkisti

lol, will.i.am wrote “my humps” in five minutes too

Infinite
Infinite
1 year ago

I like black eyed peas but tbh isn’t my humps basically fast food music?

uwu vision
uwu vision
1 year ago

Ok that danish festival thing must be really surreal, imagine watching the stage go from Cardi B, to Bob Dylan and then to Hatari…

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

and I totally believe he did it in 5 minutes ^^

Loin dici
1 year ago

Aside of these, when would usually the semifinal running order be revealed? I can’t wait to see it, feels like we’re gonna have some weird placements this year.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

As it’s fun to predict stuff, I’m going to predict the running order, having in mind song’s tempos and tendency to ”clear the path” for betting odds favorites: SEMI 1: 1. Cyprus 2. Montenegro 3. Belarus 4. Serbia 5. Hungary 6. Poland 7. Finland 8. Czech Republic 9. Slovenia 10, San Marino 11. Estonia 12. Portugal 13. Belgium 14. Greece 15. Georgia 16. Australia 17. Iceland SEMI 2: 1. Switzerland 2. Moldova 3. Ireland 4. Armenia 5. Austria 6. Denmark 7. Latvia 8. Romania 9. Sweden 10. North Macedonia 11. Norway 12. Russia 13. Lithuania 14. Azerbaijan 15. Croatia 16.… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

My guess is next monday or next week friday.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

LOL. I love predictions.
Colin, I would change Cyprus with Belarus in the first half and San Marino with Australia in SF1. But Australia always gets top spots so that won’t happen.
For SF2: first half – Switzerland with Sweden but that won’t happen because Sweden gets best spots anyways. And for the second half Norway with Malta.
I just don’t see two heavy faves like Cyprus and Switzerland opening the shows.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Sometimes heavy favorites do open the show. Place one has statistically a decent chance of qualifying, unlike places 2 and 3. I don’t see that Belarus (slim chances of qualification) will be put in such a position. You never know, though.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I hope Australia gets the best possible spot! So artistic, meaningful and great! With a different staging the love will even grow! Go Kate! 😀

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Opening semi 1: Belarus
Closing semi1: Iceland

Opening semi 2: Sweden
Closing semi 2: Russia

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Running order will be probably revealed next week. Last year was April 3rd.

Svio
Svio
1 year ago

Michael sings “Bigger than us” much better than John does. Just saying.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 year ago

UK Top 10. Enough said.

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

This Spanish soap opera uses more Eurovision songs for their promo… the UK are the only ones to have picked up on it though.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

This is quite an open year. Besides Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Greece finishing *somewhere* high, everything is up for grabs. UK has a nice ballad with a great voice and with good staging they could pull a top 5 from the juries, which could place them in overall top 10. Experience says that at least one or two of automatic qualifiers will fail to impress. My bet is that Italy ain’t it. UK, Spain and France have a shot as well.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Agreed on everything although probably it will become a tighter year after the rehearsals. See Greece last year when they were top10 until rehearsals and then went downhill.

Anti bad and unfair eurofans
Anti bad and unfair eurofans
1 year ago

Wow meeting with Tim Burton is a huge thing! Well done Bilal!

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

Bilal’s wigs are my spiritual animal

Slytherin's Horcrux
Slytherin's Horcrux
1 year ago

Skavlan is actually Norwegian, but it is a Swedish-Norwegian show

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Just saying, it took Queen and David Bowie about five minutes to come up with Under Pressure. Great things can happen in five minutes.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

You shouldn’t talk about Queen and David Bowie like that.

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

It’s not the first time when you need jokes to be explained to you.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Not sure if youre sarcastic or genuine. I choose to believe the first

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

I feel sorry for people who can’t get into San Marino. It’s so happy I can’t get cynical about it.

Anca
Anca
1 year ago

I like Serhat more and more. 5 minutes can be enough if you have inspiration. Overthinking a song doesn’t make it better, all contrary, you can lose the spark.

Pok
Pok
1 year ago

Adam Levine can’t pull that off live, either. His Super Bowl performance was horrendous, not to mention his live vocals in concerts.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Just what I was thinking. Such an amusing song, but at the same time, it’s undeniably cheesy and simple. I’d probably push him through as a borderline on pure charm.

Pina Colada
Pina Colada
1 year ago

H a t a r i needs to leave home those eyes. BDSM is one thing, but those eyes makes them look like horror cartoons for children.

Fiore
Fiore
1 year ago
Reply to  Pina Colada

I mean that’s their style. They have to look as creepy as possible. They shouldn’t tone it down a bit imo. The reason why they are one of the favorites is because the whole thing is just literally “in your face” and they are not afraid of it.

dan
dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Fiore

They don’t need to tone it down at all, they just have to not be ridiculous, I agree those contact lenses are childish.

Dawid
Dawid
1 year ago
Reply to  dan

Noone had problems with Melovin using it thought.

BlackKava
BlackKava
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawid

Well, as i remember tons of people here were saying how Mélovin lens is childish and ridiculous gimmick,
I never liked it too, but only becouse without lens Mélovin looks much prettier for me lol

DavidR
DavidR
1 year ago

Chingiz’s live vocals are very good. So what was the point of that much autotune in the studio version then? I don’t get it.

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  DavidR

Because that’s not as good as you think.

Nicky91
Nicky91
1 year ago
Reply to  DavidR

i think what you hear as autotune might be more backing vocals, Milanov’s symphonix made sound effects

Azeri HoD had said ”they are gonna recreate the music video on stage in tel aviv, so most likely with the dancers with beautiful dresses alongside him, and something never seen at eurovision before, she (Husniye) also teased

Husniye was HoD before in azerbaijan’s early eurovision years, was also spokesperson for them in 2009, 2010

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicky91

I like the idea, but filling the stage with dancers can possibly made the focus shift from Chingiz. He isn’t even the focus on his music video, for all honesty.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicky91

I think there will be some holograms or new technology

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicky91

Azerbaijan always puts on a great show so I expect something really good in Tel Aviv.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

They better 🙂 after Aisel last year. I am still hurting.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

But to be fair, even Aisel had interesting staging!

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  DavidR

Something in this song is overproduced. The chorus is just very loud, whether it’s background singers, instrumental, autotune or all of the above. Chingiz’s vocals are just drowning in all that and the lyrics become less understandable. The video does a great job in being a dazzling distraction and I’m sure the staging will do so too.

Otis
Otis
1 year ago

WOW! this masterpiece of Serhat only 5 minutes? ahahha
Actually i do believe it. It does not need so much time and inspiration to write a song like NANANA! :p

Okan idu?
Okan idu?
1 year ago

For some reason I dont have a hard time believing Serhat came up with that song only in 5 minutes

Nicky91
Nicky91
1 year ago

Chingiz’s live vocals FAB 🙂

cheska
cheska
1 year ago

I really do hope Macedonia’s staging would be as good as advertised. I am still bitter at how they completely ruined two great songs in a row. They both deserved better.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  cheska

Not to mention Autumn Leaves, their best song. To this day Im wondering what the staging was about…

Tom
Tom
1 year ago
Reply to  cheska

Well Jana was pregnant at this time in Kiev …and last year they were in harder semi ..

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Ira Losco was pregnant too and did well with the jury in 2016.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

I want macedonia to qualify so badly. I’d probably cheer harder than for my own country since our qualification is expected xD