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 4 April.
Katerine Duska reveals her support team
According to the Greek website MIKROFWNO, Katerine Duska will be joined on the Eurovision stage by five others. They are Erasmia Markides, Eugenia Liakou and Eleni Pozantzidou on vocals and dancers Dimitra Vlachou and Fania Grigoriou. Both Erasmia and Eugenia supported Demy back at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.
Press Conference in Paris
French TV held its usual pre-Eurovision press conference yesterday. Our reporter Etienne was there to get the lowdown. Among the highlights, was the unveiling of Bilal’s new wig for the preparty circuit. It’s wavier and longer than the one from Destination Eurovision, but apparently the headpiece for Tel Aviv will surpass it in length. Call him Rapunzel!
Duncan goes viral
He’s slowly creeping up the charts in his native Netherlands, and yesterday Duncan Laurence cracked the Global Viral 50 chart. “Arcade” entered at #14. He is the second Eurovision 2019 act to make the chart. Norway’s KEiiNO peaked at #2 shortly after their Melodi Grand Prix win. Unlike the main chart, the viral countdown is not measured by streams alone. Spotify compiles the list based on information from various social networks, dividing the number of people who shared a song by the number who listened to it.
Tamta slows down
Cypriot broadcaster CyBC are making the most of Tamta while they have her on the island. Following Tuesday evening’s cocktail party, they drafted her in to perform for delegates attending the EBU’s News Contacts Meeting in Limassol. She used the opportunity to take “Replay” in a new direction, swapping the EDM beats for a piano and slowing things down completely.
Tamta performing #Replay at the EBU News Assembly In Limassol #TeamCy #TeamReplay
Posted by CYBC: Eurovision Cyprus on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Jumping from planes
He sings of running with lions. But for his postcard shoot in Tel Aviv, Lithuania’s Jurij Veklenko was jumping from planes. “Today was so awesome!! Spent the entire day on an airstrip making my #eurovision PostCard! Everyone was so nice and professional! It was a blast!!”, he writes.
Postcard shoots continue
The steady flow of Eurovision stars into Tel Aviv continues apace. Italy’s Mahmood, Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke and Estonia’s Victor Crone are now all in situ. Homeboy Kobi Marimi was also working on his postcard, filming scenes at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
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@kobimarimi isn’t leaving the #promisedland. He shot his postcard earlier today at the #westernwall of #Jerusalem. A faithful and devoted gentleman that loves #Eurovision…wow! This #israelisinger has many great qualities ? . #daretodream #eurovisionsongcontest #israelcalling #kotel
Cover boy Conan
Portugal’s Conan Osíris is the latest 2019 cast member to grace newsstands. From Friday, Portuguese readers can pick up copies of CRISTINA which feature a black and white portrait of the “Telemóveis” singer on the cover. An interview will be contained within.
S!sters confirm music video
It’s now several weeks since Laurita Spinelli and Carlotta Truman, aka S!sters, won Germany’s Eurovision selection. And yet there’s still no sign of a music video for their entry “Sister”. Fear not, in her latest YouTube vlog, Carlotta confirms that an official video is in the works. But rather than divulge its contents, she proceeds to tell us about her house-moving travails.
25 years of Srbuk
Armenian songstress Srbuk celebrated her 25th birthday yesterday. And judging from her Instagram stories, it was a party for everybody! Elsewhere, the Armenian delegation published its latest Eurovision diary. In it, 2014 singer Aram MP3 wishes the “Walking Out” singer luck, but asks her not to beat the fourth place record he shares with Sirusho. Our William and Deban also cameo.
Miki on tour
Miki and his fellow Operación Triunfo 2018/2019 cast mates are heading out on tour. The 13-date jaunt begins on 4 May in Pamplona and concludes in Almería on 21 August. Fans needn’t worry about Miki being double-booked, none of the gigs clash with his trip to Tel Aviv.
Chameleon in Concert
Malta’s Michela also announced some concert dates, one on each of the country’s two main islands. On 27 April she’ll perform on Malta itself, before going to Gozo the next night. A selection of her fellow X Factor Malta contestants will join her.
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Finally my concert will be happening on the 27th and 28th of April. Right before my @eurovision adventure begins. ? Joined by my @xfactormalta finalists @owenleuellenofficial , @nicolefrendoofficial , @purplle , @kelsey_bellante , @lukechappellofficial and @petra.official.music, this event is surely not one that should be missed. ?MORE INFO IN BIO ?Tickets available from all @vodafonemalta outlets so hurry up before its too late!
Tulia meet the mayor
On Saturday, they’ll get to meet the mayor of Amsterdam. But before departing for Eurovision in Concert, the ladies of Tulia paid a visit to their own municipal leader. The mayor of their home city Szczecin had them round for some coffee, showering them with floral bouquets and good wishes.
Za nami mi?e popo?udniowe spotkanie z Prezydent Szczecina? Panie prezydencie, dzi?kujemy za zaproszenie! Do us?yszenia (zobaczenia) jak najpr?dzej!
What do you think of “Replay” stripped-back? Which gig would you rather be at — Miki’s or Michela’s? Let us know in the comments.
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