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 Monday 1 April.
Darude turned down Eurovision in the past
This year wasn’t the first time the artist born as Ville Virtanen was approached to represent Finland at Eurovision. However, previously, Darude was too busy to squeeze the song contest into his schedule. Talking to News Now Finland, the “Look Away” DJ explains:
“My schedule is done for the year. It’s not all Eurovision, but up until May, yes […] I was able to schedule a release where I wanted to, and I was able to push some stuff I was supposed to this spring a little later, so time-wise it fit really well as well”.
He also confirms that he and Sebastian Rejman will keep the Tel Aviv staging consistent with their UMK performance. However, they may still switch up their wardrobe choices. (Padraig)
Jurij Veklenko will keep his national final staging
The Finns aren’t the only ones taking their national final performance to Israel. Speaking to LRT, Lithuania’s Head of Delegation Audrius Giržadas says there will be no dancers or lions on stage: “Everything will be as nationally selected, but more impressive. If everything succeeds as we plan it, the possibilities of the stage will be used to the maximum”. (Padraig)
A Michael Rice and Roko mash-up
On Saturday, Michael Rice made his prime time debut on Croatian TV. Off-stage, he hung out with Croatia’s own Eurovision star Roko. The pair seemed to really hit it off, and even created an impromptu mash-up of their entries “Bigger Than Us” and “The Dream”. (Padraig)
Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl announce Ljubljana send-off
The pair have been inundating their Instagram followers with loved-up holiday snaps recently. But vacation is over, and now Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl have their sights set on Tel Aviv. Before they depart for off to the contest, the “Sebi” duo are holding a send-off concert in Ljubljana’s Klub K4. Interested fans can get tickets for the intimate 18 April gig here. (Padraig)
Mahmood lands in Tunis
The stars of Sanremo Giovani 2018, the little sister of Sanremo proper, are on tour. And amongst them is Mahmood, who, of course, secured his spot in the main contest by winning the second Giovani night. Other names include Einar, Deschema and and La Rua. While the tour will be hitting five continents, Mahmood will only join for the first and last dates in Tunis and Brussels respectively. That Tunisian date took place on Sunday night. The Belgian leg is scheduled for 16 April. Tickets are free and can be ordered here. (Padraig)
Luca Hänni celebrates a milestone
Luca Hänni has recently spent some time in Paris and Berlin, but he also had some news to share with his fans. The music video for “She Got Me” has now reached over 2 million views, making it one of the most popular videos on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. (Robyn)
Oto’s Rocky Horror throwback
His Instagram story shows that Georgia’s Oto Nemsadze was performing at a low-key gig in Tiblisi last night. But looking at his grid, fans might be fooled into thinking that he is in the US. He shared a throwback from a visit to New York’s Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. We see him having fun and posing like a wax figure. Presumably his performance in Tel Aviv will less silly. (Luis)
Additional contributions from Robyn and Luis.
What do you think of Lithuania and Finland’s staging plans? Will you go see Zala and Gaspar live? Let us know in the comments.