Eurovision 2019 news 12 April

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 12 April.

“Sebi” in English

Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl took to Instagram yesterday to share a small part from the English version of “Sebi”. We hear a few lines of the chorus with the lyrics “You can’t always see the stars /  Just stay true to who you are / Stop apologising to me”. Fans of the original version needn’t worry though, as the Slovenian duo confirm that the song will stay in Slovene for the actual contest. “This is just a short part for those who don’t speak our language. The message is a very important part of the song and we wish for everyone to be able to understand it.” (Jonathan)

Katerine rehearses with her backing singers

Katerine Duska may have had a shaky performance at Eurovision In Concert, but it’s clear that the Greek singer is making sure her live vocals will be perfect for the contest in Tel Aviv. We see her practising with three backing vocalists – Evgenia Liakou, Eleni Papli and Erasmia Markidi. The harmonies already sound strong, but no doubt the four of them will continue to gel as we get closer to May. (Jonathan)

Leonora the ballerina

When she’s not singing she’s an ice skater. But for the purpose of her postcard, Leonora has become a ballerina. The “Love Is Forever” songstress didn’t share much, but thankfully her makeup artist Karin Dekel was more forthcoming. Her Instagram story was filled with scenes from the shoot, including one where the Danish singer is overrun by a swarm of ballerinas. In another, the swarm fall in line and follow the Eurovision performer’s lead. (Padraig)

Paenda goes acoustic

Like a lot of Eurovision artists, Paenda is keen to show off the depths of her entry. The Austrian artist has released an acoustic version of “Limits”. Paenda performs the song on a grand piano, showing the strength in the song’s simplicity. (Robyn)

“Home” remixed

In the world of Eurovision, even the tamest of entries can become bangers. As is the case with Kobi Marimi’s “Home”. The Israeli entry has been remixed for the Euroclub dance floor courtesy of dj PM, Tomer Maizner and Tomer G. They have plenty of remix experience between them. The first two reworked Imri Ziv’s “I Feel Alive” while Tomer G is the one responsible for the iconic “Te Deum” remix. (Padraig)

12 points from Montenegro go to Montenegro!

Rizo Feratović from D mol has shared his top ten favourite acts from Eurovision 2019. And unsurprisingly, his 12 points go to his own group. Rizo’s other top picks echo fan favourites such as Michela, Luca Hänni and Mahmood, and he also has some neighbourly love for Nevena Božović. (Robyn)

Drag queen in the sky

After Courtney Act’s appearance in Australia Decides, the worlds of Eurovision and RuPaul’s Drag Race are set to meet once more. On Saturday night, in between their gigs in Riga and the London Eurovision Party, Norway’s KEiiNo will join Monique Heart in the famous G-A-Y venue. Today also sees the trio release their acoustic “Spirit In The Sky” on streaming platforms. (Padraig)

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Eliot and Miki sing across borders

The Eurovision pre-party circuit is a way that acts can get to know each other and stay in contact before the big show in May. And it seems that one friendship has already formed. Spanish star Miki joined his Belgium counterpart Eliot in an Instagram live stream. Eliot even got Miki to sing along on the chorus of his Eurovision song “Wake Up”. (Robyn)

Bilal to gig with Bebe Rexha

You might recall that France’s Bilal Hassani pulled out of last weekend’s Eurovision in Concert to perform at the NRJ Music Tour with George Ezra in Lyon. The tour continues this week, landing in the western city of Nantes. Bilal is still on the road, but this time he’s swapped George for the Albanian-American pop star Bebe Rexha and a plethora of French acts, including Eurovision 2016’s Amir. The free gig takes place tonight. (Padraig)

Jurij pays tribute to “Arcade”

Lithuanian singer Jurijus Veklanko took a break from running with the lions and paid tribute to a competing Eurovision song. Jurij shared a short clip on his Instagram stories, singing the chorus of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”. He wrote “This is why I love Eurovision. There are just so many good songs!” And we agree! (Robyn)

Have some Ar-cake!

Earlier in the day, Jurij tried on a party hat and wrote: “Happy Birthday to me”. Seemingly unbeknownst to the man born on 6 July, it was actually Duncan’s birthday! The Dutch singer is currently on songwriting duty in Stockholm, but he did mark his 25th with a rather tasty looking Ar-cake. (Padraig)

Stream and download the Eurovision 2019 album

For those of you still into downloads, or even CDs, the Eurovision 2019 album is now available to purchase. The album isn’t released on streaming platforms, but luckily for y’all we’ve added all 41 songs (plus “Siren Song”) into one playlist. And we’ve even arranged it by the running order! If you’re looking to sing along, the official karaoke album is available everywhere(Padraig)

Additional contributions from Robyn and Jonathan.

What do you think of “Sebi” in English? Would you rather see KEiiNO and Monique or Bilal and Bebe? Let us know in the comments.

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beccaboo1212
1 year ago

When is Jurij gonna film a music video for “Run with the Lions”? Maybe after Eurovision like Emmelie de Forest and Jamala?

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago

Where can we watch the full stream of Eliot and Miki’s collab video?

Jose
Jose
1 year ago
Reply to  INAMOO

There is a youtube video with the entire chat. You can only search Eliot Miki in Google. Its cool.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Why is the Eurovision albums never released on Spotify? I thought Eurovision was modern and up wit the times, not clanging on to the past. Streaming is a thing now..

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

What’s the difference if all the individual songs are in ?

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Because it’s nice to have an album with all the songs. for those who want it. Like Melodifestivalen. Yes you can get all the songs individually but an aIbum is better. I mean if they can make CD, then getting them on streaming services shouldn’t be difficult.
But then again it’s ESC, They have yet to embrace Blu-Ray discs, so why expect streaming..

Loin dici
1 year ago

(Side talk: so apparently the Eurojury result from Australia has been released and I almost died seeng North Macedonia being in the 8/10/12 range.)

Qw34ty
Qw34ty
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Bella Paige is on the jury and she is of Macedonian descent so that could explain why.

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Qw34ty

And, of course, Tania Doko is Albanian 😀

ESC LOU
ESC LOU
1 year ago

I actually really like Sebi in English… oops?

Kostas
Kostas
1 year ago

That reheareal video sounds great tho

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

Ouch! Greece is very, very high in my ranking, but I am still a bit worried about the live performance. Katerine does not sound as confident as she should yet…

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Are you deaf?

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Kkar

No, probably you are

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Watch more videos of Katerine. Don’t just rely on that Eurovision in Concert performance.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

No, Kobi, just no.

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

Brown cow, STUNNING!

Marianne
Marianne
1 year ago

Queen Katerine is coming for revenge

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

I would like the live performances in both SFs and the Grand Final to be subtitled in the language of the channel broadcasting . I mean, adds subtitles in a way that they don’t affect the visuals. This way, casual viewers would be able to understand songs in foreing languages and, therefore, be more willing to vote for it. This will encourage more countries to send more songs in their national language. I love English and I mostly listened to song in English but it would add a bit more diversity.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

I would stop watching the dutch broadcast and switch to the youtube livestream if that happened. I don’t want to read like 34 times the sentence ” ja, je gaat het leuk vinden” under the belarusian performance xD Entries with cheesy lyrics will be very exposed if you read them along the performance. and you can always do it like italy did last year with using the lyrics into the performance, or you just sing one verse/ sentence in english to bring over the message.

Ziv
Ziv
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

I do not think it is a good idea because how can you find, for example, someone in Latvia to accurately translate the Slovene lyrics of Sebi into Latvian? It would end up having very bad translations (or even jokes) for originally good songs. Translating through English would also change the original meanings. Everyone knows how google translate does its job.

Renmei
Renmei
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

Finland actually does this, and the translations are usually hilariously bad 😀

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

OK “Home”‘s remix made me believe in miracles, now I’m waiting for the EDM version of Latvia.

CHUPACABRA
CHUPACABRA
1 year ago

Paenda: Goosebumps! Dark Horse Alert.

P!nk Forever
P!nk Forever
1 year ago

When Zala sings in english she sounds like Lorde. They better keep it original.

Elf
Elf
1 year ago

Eurovision Version of Soldi is out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeCDq8r1CIo

Nguyet Huynh
Nguyet Huynh
1 year ago
Reply to  Elf

There seems to be less “Come va” in the song now. That sounds kinda abrupt to me because I’ve listened to the original version for hundreds of times. I guess I need some time to adjust to this. But overall, the song still sounds good. Thank God!! It’s my winner and I was so afraid that the shorter version might ruin it.

Melody
Melody
1 year ago
Reply to  Nguyet Huynh

Yeah.They have cut the right parts. Song sounds the same even with less come va

A passerby
A passerby
1 year ago
Reply to  Elf

The intro is slightly shortened and there is at least one missing “sai già come vax3”.
My guess though is that there will be a few changes during the final, he said he wanted to change some elements in the song but he probably doesn’t feel like spoiling it now (I think Bilal is doing the same, iirc)

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
1 year ago

I”d love to hear a full English version of ‘Sebi’!

Susi
Susi
1 year ago

Pænda’ acoustic version is fantastic! Goosebumps!
Should be worth an extra arcticle, not just a daily digest mentioning.

Lindon
Lindon
1 year ago
Reply to  Susi

Maybe Padraig wanted to prevent William from getting his back pain again. So let’s hide it.

David
David
1 year ago

WOW!What a voice Katerine-i am sure she will slay in Tel Aviv and Madrid!Such a unique voice!Top 5!

elina
elina
1 year ago

That’s it !!! Top 5 for Greece this year <3

EscLifeStyle
EscLifeStyle
1 year ago

I find the guy from D mol so so cute, for me he saves the group but he is not fair play at all…..it’s sad.
For sure Katerina has to work a lot even if she was sick in Amsterdam.
Keino Miki Bilal Eliot keep slaying!

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

leonora is lookin like zara larsson there…. a glo up !

Loin dici
1 year ago

1. Katerine, SLAY!
2. PAENDA, SLAY!
3. Duncan, I want a piece of that cake.
4. Monique, BROWN COW STUNNING
5. Rizo, is that San Marino or is it just me?

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago

I told you Katerine can sing.
Slay girl!

There’s another rehearsal video btw, check it out
https://youtu.be/1Nw0gTEYwU8

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Kkar

I remember last year and the year before that and the year before that when almost all the greeks said their artist could “SLAY” and win it so this year is not an exeption. Its not the reality with them. In that case Greece should have won 15 years in a row now.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

It could also go the way of Eleni Foureira, people were doubting her vocals before the first rehearsal, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Plus most of the times greeks are the biggest haters when it comes to our own entries and this goes for this year too since most Greek people are hating on the song and Katerine. Which as well proves your comment ain’t a fact

LoveWave
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

We never said that demy and Argo would slay I mean helloooo! Last year was different Greece had a great song but a bad staging we will see!

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Bitter swede strikes again, send kisses to uncle christer

Ugna
Ugna
1 year ago

Jurijus‘ voice is just so annoying to me, sns