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)
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“I won’t fight this burning feeling inside!” ??? Loved hanging with Greece’s #Eurovision 2019 singer @katerineduska in London today. So humble, so open, such a queen ?? Interview coming soon to @wiwibloggs ___________________________________ #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019 #DareToDream #betterlove #greekgoddess #katerineduska
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)
I had the most amazing time today shooting my Eurovision postcard. A big thanks to the entire team for making me feel so welcome. I am so proud to be part of this incredible journey. #proud #teamtamara #esc2019 pic.twitter.com/2CYXS5TbEJ
— Tamara Todevska (@TamaraTodevska) March 27, 2019
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)
— divinity (@divinity_es) February 8, 2019
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)
— Michael Rice (@MichaelRiceOff) March 27, 2019
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)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
KING CHINGIZ SINGS? pic.twitter.com/1wGzJJnr36
— Elmira ???? (@elmiramamedovaa) March 27, 2019
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)
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J’ai eu le privilège de rencontrer Tim Burton pour la sortie du film « Dumbo » , c’était un moment magique ! On a fait une vidéo avec @DisneyFr à l’occasion de la sortie du film , Dumbo a fait de sa différence une force et c’est un exemple parfait qui prouve qu’on ne doit pas se laisser juger par les autres ! Partagez avec moi vos histoires #CommeDumbo en vidéo et je les reposterai ce week-end ??
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)
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Esam ierakst?juši Carousel topoš? debijas albuma instrument?lo da?u un paral?li tam akt?vi top dziesmu teksti. Nevaram vien sagaid?t, kad šo visu nodosim t?l?k – klaus?t?ju rok?s! Tas notiks pavisam dr?z! Tad noteikti aicin?sim ar? uz tikšanos kl?tien? ? _ We have recorded the instrumental part of our debut album and are working on the lyrics. We cannot wait to share all this with you soon! _ #CarouselThatNight #Eurovision2019 #ESC2019 #daretodream _ Style: @banga_liga MUAH: @anete_80kid Set: @agne.menniks Outfit for Sab?ne: @_pixiewontplay Photographer: @aigaredmane
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)
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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