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)
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You can’t always see the stars, just stay true to who you are, stop apologizing to me … ?? Pesem ostaja v SLOVENŠ?INI, to je le kratek odsek za tiste, ki ne razumejo našega jezika. Sporo?ilo je namre? zelo pomemben del skladbe in si želiva, da bi ga vsi razumeli. ?? The song will stay in SLOVENE, 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.
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)
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@leonorajepsen ??Denmark #eurovision2019 H: @royhobit M: #karindekelmakeupandhair . . . . . . #bride #bridalmakeupartist #weddinginspiration #cosmetics #naturalmakeup #bridalmakeup #beautymakeup #preety #beautiful #glow #bridalupdo #bridalhair # bridalhairstyle #????? #???????? #???? #?????????#wedding #
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)
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)
(Shocking?)News: We're going to Heaven – London! We'll be joining Monique Heart (from RuPaul's Drag Race) on stage…
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)
miki singing wake up ft eliot lol pic.twitter.com/leOLT1ObL8
— robin ???????????? (@SecretlyAnElf) April 11, 2019
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)
DEMAIN on se retrouve pour le NRJ MUSIC TOUR de Nantes omg ??
Jvais être sur une scène avec des gens HUGE ça va être fou, hâte de vous voir mes vies ??????
Révisez bien vos paroles on va leur montrer les queens that we are ? https://t.co/tJzj0mR2EE
— Bilal Hassani (@iambilalhassani) April 11, 2019
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)
— Febry ?????????? (@bESCpositive) April 12, 2019
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)
— dunclaurence (@dunclaurence) April 11, 2019
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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