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 Saturday 13 April.
All change for KEiiNO
KEiiNO were in Latvia’s Riga last night for the city’s annual Eurovision PreParty. In the press conference beforehand, the three-piece confirmed that they’re changing all aspects of their stage show for Eurovision. Fans already knew that the six-person rule would eliminate many of the dancers, but Alexandra, Fred and Tom say that it will be an entirely new show with new costumes. Nothing will be the same! As we mentioned in yesterday’s digest, the band have also released an acoustic version of “Spirit In The Sky”. We neglected to share the link, so here you go. (Padraig)
No change for Carousel
Latvia’s Carousel are taking the opposite approach and are keeping almost everything as is. Also speaking at the Riga PreParty, the group suggested that at most there will be a few tweaks to their costumes and perhaps some added choreography. (Padraig)
Posted by Eurovision Club Latvia on Friday, April 12, 2019
We didn’t hear much from Anna Odobescu in the immediate aftermath of her O melodi pentru Europa victory. But preview party seasons seems to have injected some life into the Moldovan’s promo campaign. She ended a week of chatshow appearances by releasing an acoustic rendition of “Stay”. (Padraig)
Mahmood interviewed in Israel
During his stay in Tel Aviv, Mahmood was interviewed by local broadcaster KAN for the evening news. Israeli journalist Shani Nachshon sat with the Italian Eurovision representative for a well-rounded chat starting with his victory in Sanremo, which sparked controversy even from national political parties. The singer said he respects the opinion of the Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini − who tweeted support for Ultimo’s “I tuoi particolari” − “Because it was based on his musical taste”. The performer also explained the meaning of his autobiographical song, which includes a line in Arabic. Mahmood is proud to represent a symbol of culture that unites. The singer was pleasantly surprised by Tel Aviv, which he considers a mix between New York and Cairo. (Cristian)
Too late for a music video?
Sweden always goes all out when it comes to onstage visuals. But the country is often hit and miss when it comes to making music videos for Eurovision. This year, at least, it looks like we’ll have one. On Friday, John Lundvik shared a snap from a music video shoot in Stockholm’s Chicago Swing Dance Studio. We don’t learn much save that John is wearing black and white and standing before a stage curtain. (Padraig)
He’s the Turkish TV personality representing San Marino for a second time. However, Serhat’s vocal rehearsals are currently ongoing in Frankfurt, Germany. From pics released yesterday, we can also see that the “Say Na Na Na” crooner is well stocked up on juice, water and fruit. Serhat’s backing team will be Chantal Hartmann (pictured), Sebastián Millepied, Inés Voha, Giulia Wahn and Frank Monatik. (Padraig)
Cover girl Jonida
Slowly but surely, Eurovision is starting to take over the newsstands of Europe. Albania’s Jonida Maliqi is the latest to grace the cover of a glossy mag. She can be seen flaunting her assets on this month’s Elegance. The publication teases life and musical confessions, Eurovision and surprises. (Padraig)
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Hatari reveal national tour dates
After their Eurovision participation, which could result in one of the most controversial victories in the history of the competition, the techno punk rock band Hatari will return to Iceland for a tour. And we are sure the love of fans will prevail! The BDSM musical ensemble will perform in Reykjavík on 23 May, in Akureyri on 24 May, in 25 Ísafjörður, in Reykjanesbær on 29 May and in Vestmannaeyjar on 30 May. (Cristian)
Posted by Hatari on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
She’s arguably entering the World Cup of music, so it’s appropriate that ZENA has the backing of one of Belarus’ biggest and most successful football teams. Yesterday, the “I Like It” singer was fully kitted out in FC Dynamo Brest gear as the club’s management presented her yet more gifts. They’re the reigning champions of the country’s domestic cup competition, so ZENA will be hoping some of their success rubs off. (Padraig)
D mol’s Rizo hits the gym
Unlike numbers from the likes of Spain or Switzerland, Montenegro’s “Heaven” doesn’t give D mol much opportunity to show off their athleticism. And perhaps it’s a missed opportunity? Because band member Rizo Feratović has been sharing some gym progress pics, and we definitely think he’d be up for some high-intensity choreography. (Padraig)
Additional contributions from Cristian.