Eurovision News 4 April 2019

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.

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.

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!

Posted by Tulia on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

 

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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oli
oli
1 year ago

Is Conan this year’s cutest guy?? He is for me. Followed by Miki and Mahmood

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
1 year ago
Reply to  oli

Hatari boys are also cute in Adidas train suits. 😉

Anael
Anael
1 year ago
Reply to  oli

Agree with you hot man and genius performer. Go Conan

Sophie
Sophie
1 year ago

Wowww Conan! King

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
1 year ago
Reply to  Sophie

Channelling Osiris! 😀

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  Sophie

Must confess Conan has pure style

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

After seeing and listening all the songs as a test (that’s a possibility on the eurvovision website/douzeorboos), AND finally listening and watching it all one by one, all over again, for me these are the results: 1) Nothing nasty to say about The Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, and Belgium; it all depends on whether they can keep it all together with a perfect staging and a perfect voice. For me, I know at least Greece and The Netherlands are way up there, hearing them live. For me, it should all go between those two; they are the male-famele… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob

Three more things to mention: 1) Slovenia reminds me a little bit about Anouk’s “Birds”. It sounds dark and gloomy. So it could do well, and enter the top 10, possibly. I reckon it will go through to the final, anyhow. 2) What happened to the Nordic countries? Have they gone complacent? Iceland is a tossup for me, because if Lordi can win, so can this. But that’s all I can imagine why this song could win. The other entries are just trying to go on on previous entries, mostly from the late 90’s/early 00’s; bubblegum pop-like songs that are… Read more »

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

How hot does Conan look in that cover photo…..OMG

I think it’s love at this stage.

Aris
Aris
1 year ago

Queen Tamta SLAY

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Aris

Skase Mori kipraia Mas exeis prixei ta paparia

someone111
someone111
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

LOL
File, mono tous fans ton allon horon kataferneis na eknevrizeis…

Aris
Aris
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

Kai si ti zori travas ?
Pali agamitos eisai ?

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Aris

Popo Mia fora kontepsate na kerdisete kai to xete kavalisei to kalamin

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago

Love Conan’s cover magazine!

chr927
chr927
1 year ago

Michela’s Chameleon now on Spotify!! Go MALTA……

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Does anyone know what’s happening with a second release of tickets? I’m sure I read something a while back but not heard anything since….

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

For all these people going around these posts complaining about how some artists get more featured than others, think than they’re made up mostly of social media and news. Some people is more active, some people isn’t. Wiwipeople are just browsing around checking for the best news. My insta is half places I go and half things I craft, if I was one of the participants, yes, I would be posting about my postcard and rehearsals, but also I would still finding time for my crafts. And at the end of the day, what would you think it’s more interesting?… Read more »

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikki

I agree with this entirely, no offense to you and your crocheted lobster

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

No offense taken by me or by Valentina

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikki

I would love to take a look at Valentina! (Not in detriment of Sergey nudes)

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I think the best way to find her would be go to the #joannathelobster tag. Joanna is the original name of the pattern (the designer names every animal, I keep some, I change others). I also have a Francesco the Gorilla, a Conchita the Phoenix, a Saara the Monster and a Netta the Silkie Chicken amongst others

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Nikki

It’s very cute! I wish I had more patience (and less clumsy hands) to try doing something like that. Conchita the Phoenix sounds interesting, especially if it has a beard. 😀

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It’s fiddly, I give you that one, Netta has some techniques which might scare a newbie. But it’s a great hobby, and a studies say that even good for decrease your mental stress.

No One
No One
1 year ago

Since the postcard concept is “Everybody Dance”, did Jurijus dance while jumping down from a plane? Lol if that’s so, it would be epic

(I noticed a really inappropriate comment that was posted this morning is gone now… Has the troll-purging finally started?)

Datme
Datme
1 year ago
Reply to  No One

I mean, some do formations. Formation skydiving or something like that. I think it could definitely count as a type of dancing. 😀

Pok
Pok
1 year ago

Off the topic.
Jeez, just heard the live version of Belgium song. It’s a total train-wreck when he hit the chorus.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

oh. a meh song with a bad live AND a bad running order… maybe next year they will deliver

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

Link ?

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

OMG, and he’s sandwiched between too good vocalists Nevena and Oto.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

I didnt realise Brendan Murray had replaced Eliot! when did this happen?!

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

Um… so, seems Eliot forgot his intonation. It’s still salvageable, but it seems harder to improve comfortably in a short span of time.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

He was very exposed in this acoustic version. I think he’s capable to sing it if he improves. I don’t think it’s impossible to save this.
At ESC he will have the actual recording track and he will not be that exposed.
If he can’t handle the song with the recording track then better get some backing singers to save it.
I just hope people will not shade him just like they did to Blanche 2 years ago.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Unfortunately, the instrumental is not even that captivating. It’ll be a bigger problem when he stays singing with that style in May.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

Maybe he was having a bad day, but… yeah, I’m officially worried about Belgium now.

Marcelo
Marcelo
1 year ago
Reply to  Pok

Belgium just dropped big time on qualification odds from Semi Final 1. Eliot currently sits at #9 and it’s even surpassed by Czech Republic.

Rashad
Rashad
1 year ago

A Eurovision singer sitting in a tank and promoting war is not exactly an appealing image. Armenia is being Armenia again, and being super nationalistic. I don’t understand what they are saying in the video, but we all know who the tank is aiming at.
Anyway, happy birthday Srbuk!

Bossy
Bossy
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad

“promoting war” lmaoo calm down buddy, you’re almost reaching 😀 But no surprises there you’re from Azerbaijan so that’s understandable hah. You look sexy btw if that’s you in the pic 😛

Rashad Guliyev
Rashad Guliyev
1 year ago
Reply to  Bossy

Yeah, it’s true. I’m from Azerbaijan and it understandably makes me uncomfortable to see the Armenian singer sitting in a tank and shooting considering all that my country has had to be through. And thanks for the compliment. 😉

EscPortugal
EscPortugal
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad Guliyev

What’s up with these fake likes Rashad? Lol

KESC
KESC
1 year ago
Reply to  EscPortugal

He just said the truth and got them all 😉

Mika
Mika
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad Guliyev

azeRish stupid idiot!

Ron
Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad

Don’t worry she’s not promoting war. It’s a TV show that takes celebs and teaches them extreme things like driving a tank or jumping from a plane and etc. And, if you’re curious, they didn’t mention Azerbaijan or Turkey once so I wouldn’t get worked up over it.

Mika
Mika
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad

UROD!

Siwine
Siwine
1 year ago
Reply to  Rashad

Dude, sometimes our imagination is our bitter enemy and not humans. Calm down, no one is going to wage a war. If the both country want to be developed in every sphere, and prosper, they must live in peace and harmony. So let’s live in peace, no one wants to live a short life or a life full with fear, uncertainty and enmity. The two nations should break the old stereotypes and start live in peace and harmony.
Peace to your nation?

Yana
Yana
1 year ago

Please wiwi more news about Conan and Mahmood -)

12345
12345
1 year ago

It’s confirmed. You only support the Netherlands, Russia, Greece and italy. The other entries dont exist for you.

alexandros
alexandros
1 year ago
Reply to  12345

i don’t think they are doing that. they post every news they have from all the countries.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  alexandros

Yep, that’s exactly what these posts are for! 😀 We’ve even gone through and looked out for news about the artists who are keeping quieter. Some are barely doing anything other than their postcard shoot, but we are always on the look out and welcome item ideas. 🙂

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  12345

Start writing your own blog, so you can talk solely about acts that are basically doing nothing

Grftn
Grftn
1 year ago

Arcade has also been added to the « New Pop » playlist on Spotify, in #7, which is pretty huge (it’s the first and only eurovision 2019 song to do so)

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

Kobi picture is wonderful and pretty touching. Anyway, Conan boy is pretty boy

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

“You make me naughty girl” cit. Eurotrash 1998

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

He has been in my city (Barcelona) these past days 🙂
He also post yesterday on IG that he’s already thinking about Tel Aviv. And Duncan gave him a like which made my day haha 🙂

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

Aw, but Bilal’s wig from Destination Eurovision was perfect! But well, I trust him, he knows what he’s doing…

Otis
Otis
1 year ago

i agree with the second part of your message 😛

yeah yeah fire
yeah yeah fire
1 year ago

keiino released the music video for spirit in the sky just now!!!

Otis
Otis
1 year ago

Imagine Greece winning Eurovision 2019!! and 2020 Athens or Thessaloniki 😛 Sunny, beach or maybe Mykonos 2020! jajajaj Thessaloniki i think will hold International Gay Pride 2020 too 😛 would be ideal ajjaj

bop-whop-a-lu bop
bop-whop-a-lu bop
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

too imagination

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

#dothelilo

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Okay, but only if Queen Helena (Paparizou ofc) will be an interval act! <3

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago

That viral chart is pretty useless. The actual Spotify chart is pretty hard to get on in Holland though, if you’re not a Dutch rapper or Drake or some other cra.p, so that means that Arcade does have hit potential.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  dutchie

Well that’s the situation in all countries. Not just in Netherlands.
Streaming in our lives. Music has changed a lot recently and people is not hooked by generic pop chorus anymore.
Arcade is amazing and I agree it has hit potential. Maybe Dutch people would steaming more if it was in Dutch (kinda like Als Het Avond Is or Davina Michelle’s songs for example) or maybe just need some time to grow

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

In Sweden, if you win Melfest you’re guaranteed a lot of Spotify streams. That’s not how it works in Holland, people have to really like your song. And apparently they do.

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Als Het Avond Is is a very weak song. Somehow it’s a #1 hit. A lot of songs in the spotify charts are bad. So if you want to be streamed a lot, you just have to make bad music.

dutchie
dutchie
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisianthus

It’s a good pop song. Btw it’s not no. 1 on Spotify. And it may not be your taste, but there’s way more awful songs on that chart…

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
1 year ago
Reply to  dutchie

It’s #1 in the top 40. It’s a bad Lady Antebellum imitation.

frysk
frysk
1 year ago
Reply to  dutchie

Maybe you should move to the Netherlands!

Jarkko
Jarkko
1 year ago

So, Erasmia and Eugenia literally saved Demy’s ass back in 2017. I’m pretty excited to see how they support an actually great singer this year. This is going to be powerful!

Kyla
Kyla
1 year ago

Srbuk turned 24 not 25

Carola
Carola
1 year ago
Reply to  Kyla

She was born in 1994 though… 1994 + 25= 2019

Otis
Otis
1 year ago

Who agrees that Greece, The Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland are the only countries that can win ESC 2019?

alexandros
alexandros
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

greece is a dark horse. she can easily win or being in top 3 for sure!

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  alexandros

I’ve been saying this. Greece could win the whole thing. That would make me very happy!

Nicky91
Nicky91
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

yep totally agree

Otis
Otis
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

lol.. i was expecting more people to agree in that. jaja i see disagrees 😛 who disagree and why? which country they think can win apart from these 4? jajajaj is funny

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

All 4 are fine (I really love Netherlands) but there are also great and unique Non-English songs this year you know like Italy, Portugal, Iceland or Slovenia 🙂

Otis
Otis
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

yeah is true. i looove slovenia. but i am talking about winning chances 😛 not my personal favourites 😛

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Inclusive Spain have chance

Nna
Nna
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

The bookies agree

frysk
frysk
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

You can not discuss taste. I do not like Greece at all, don’t like her voice either. Russia is too much effort. Again he goes over the top. I liked his song the only one, but the show was distrackting from the song. That’s why he lost and probably will lose again. Switzerland, Netherlands and It will be the top 3 I think. But we’ll see, all depending on the night.

Pepito
Pepito
1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Mini Serhat (Switzerland ) is overrated.
Who guessed Cesar Sampson would be 1st in jury vote?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Otis

Greece has climbed to 6th place with oddschecker passing both Cyprus and Sweden

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

Bilal should have kept that french bob. Overall Bilal doesn’t deserve to be higher than S!sters. I don’t want to see yet another German female singer(s) being last, it’s absurd. Unfortunately I can see him dragging himself a little higher.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Maria

That song is an absurd.

Valentino
Valentino
1 year ago

…Among the highlights, was the unveiling of Bilal’s new wig for the preparty circuit…
What preparty circuit? He probably will be cancelling the London one too.

Rafi
Rafi
1 year ago

Speaking of Conan, here’s a taste of Telele https://youtu.be/ype6SAjg3tw

Ixuxu
Ixuxu
1 year ago

News from the Czech republic: Lake Malawi will have 3 backing vocalists and LEDs frames on stage.

Marios
Marios
1 year ago
Reply to  Ixuxu

That’s sound pretty good. But there are going to be LEDs on the back of the stage anyways, right?