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 Friday 5 April.
Stig Rästa will provide backing vocals for Victor Crone
He’s the Swede representing Estonia at Eurovision 2019. But Victor Crone’s on-stage support team will consist completely of locals. The four backing singers are Kaido Põldma, Dagmar Oja, Kaire Vilgats and Stig Rästa. Of course, Stig co-wrote “Storm” and was centre stage himself at Eurovision 2015.
Notably, Saara Kadak, who featured prominently in the Eesti Laul performance, is no longer in the picture. Estonia’s second-biggest newspaper, the tabloid Õhtuleht, speculates that her absence may be due to marriage plans. It also surmises that our William and Deban will be “clapping joyfully” after they questioned her presence in a reaction video. The rest of the staging is expected to remain largely unchanged, although a fifth backing vocalist may be added.
Proving that Eurovision is more than one night, Victor and Stig have also announced a series of concerts for July. (Padraig)
Give me Spotify, I’m a streamer
After a seemingly never-ending wait, Michela’s “Chameleon” has finally landed on all the major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. But frustratingly, we’re still one song off completing our Eurovision 2019 playlist. Despite being published last week, Oto Nemsadze’s “Keep On Going” is no longer available. (Padraig)
At the start of the week, Viktor Drobysh — composer and producer of ZENA’s “Like It” — caused controversy with comments in support of Brunei’s new anti-gay penal code. He claimed it was dark humour, although his unapologetic apology didn’t convince many. Of course, his views don’t represent those of 16-year-old Zena or the rest of the Belarusian delegation. The songstress hasn’t made any public statement on the matter, but she appeared to make her views clear in an Instagram comment. Mimicking Jamala’s questioning of Maruv during Ukraine’s Vidbir, Insta user nicolasparodybaus wrote “Zena, I have very uncomfy question for u. Belarus and your producer @vdrobysh homophobic??”. Belarus’ Eurovision 2019 star responded with a simple “nooo💕”. (Padraig)
A grand time in Gran Canaria
If you happened to be sunning yourself on Gran Canaria this week, you may have been lucky enough to see a Eurovision star… or five. Germany’s S!sters and Switzerland’s Luca Hänni were on the second biggest Canary island for the recording of German network ZDF’s Fernsehgarten on Tour. The remaing Eurovision quotient consisted of Cesar Sampson (Austria 2018), Netta (Israel 2018) and Il Volo (Italy 2015). Broadcast dates have yet to be confirmed. (Padraig)
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A “Sister” lyric video
Carlotta teased the “Sister” lyric video earlier in the week. And yesterday it arrived on YouTube. The clip shows inspiring images of women sharing time together, which ties in nicely with the meaning of the song. And while it might seem like a music video, it’s not. The official clip is still to come. S!sters don’t do things by halves. (Florian)
Nevena sings for charity
On Tuesday evening, Nevena Bozic performed “Kruna” at the tenth RTS Teleton. The evening’s focus was to raise fund and awareness for the battle against cancer. More than 84,200 calls and text messages were received on the night. Nevena wasn’t the only familiar Eurovision face — Sara Jo (Serbia 2013), Sergej Ćetković (Montenegro 2014) and Jelena Tomašević (Serbia 2008) also made appearances. (Padraig)
Conan also does his part
The charitable spirit is strong amongst the current crop of Eurovision stars. This week also saw Portugal’s Conan Osíris perform “Telemóveis” at a fundraising concert for the victims of last month’s Cyclone Idai. The Hand Given to Mozambique event took place at Lisbon’s Cineteatro Capitólio in Lisbon and was broadcast live on TV. (Padraig)
Kate Miller-Heidke films postcard
She’s since departed for Amsterdam, but it seems like Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke had a howl filming her Eurovision postcard in Tel Aviv. The “Zero Gravity” songstress doesn’t give much away, but her Instagram shows her flexing before dance rehearsals, being spoilt for choice at dinner and posing with her “idol” Netta. (Padraig)
Making of “Proud”
Another day, another behind-the-scenes clip from a music video shoot. This time it’s the turn of North Macedonia. From the footage, we learn that over two days Tamara Todevska’s “Proud” involved lots of coffee, laughs and selfies. (Padraig)
Duncan likes to jam to “Dance You Off”
During an interview with eurovision.tv, Duncan was asked what his favourite Eurovision song of all time was. In what is perhaps a slightly surprising decision, based on the genre of his own entry, he revealed that Sweden’s 2018 song “Dance You Off” by Benjamin Ingrosso is his number one pick. “I know it’s only one year since he was in Eurovision, but I love the track; it’s so funky, vibe-y and his dance moves are great”. The rest of the interview sees him discussing how “Arcade” came together, and that it was Ilse DeLange (Netherlands 2014, as part of The Common Linnets) who first suggested he sent the song to broadcaster AVROTROS for consideration for Eurovision. (Jonathan)
Additional contributions from Jonathan and Florian
Do you have “Chameleon” on repeat? Are you dreaming of Gran Canaria? Let us know in the comments.