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 Sunday 28 April.

Tamara performs acoustic version of “Proud”

Earlier on this week, we finally got to watch Tamara Todevska give her first live performance of “Proud”. However, it wasn’t the full version we’ll hear on the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv. Instead, Tamara stripped things back and performed an acoustic version, accompanied just by a piano. Negating any concerns that the Macedonian singer might not have been able to pull off the vocals live, it’s clear that Tamara feels every word she is singing. (Jonathan)

Widespread support for John Lundvik

Sweden’s entrant John Lundvik is in his final steps of preparations before taking off to Tel Aviv. And the folks back home are definitely behind him. With “Too Late For Love” topping streaming, radio and the official charts, Swedes have had the chance to hear the song quite a bit. As you can see below, John has been very busy performing for fans of all ages. And they seem to really appreciate it. (Florian)

Luca Hänni finishes rehearsals in Stockholm

Luca Hänni has been spending time in Sweden with master choreographer Sacha Jean Baptiste for his Eurovision rehearsals. He’s teasing his fans, and asking “who is looking forward to see what we’ll do on stage?” with the hashtag #staging. Looking at the picture he tweeted, he appears to have done some serious work in the gym, which could mean we will see a lot of ‘dirty dancing’ from Luca in Tel Aviv. (Jacintha)

Eliot says goodbye to Belgian fans before flying to Tel Aviv

Eliot has met up with his Belgian fans at a venue in Mechelen, Flanders, for a final goodbye before flying to Tel Aviv. About 150 Belgian fans from the OGAE group bid him bon voyage, and gifted him a signed flag. (Jacintha)

Conan Osiris commemorates 45th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution

Conan Osiris has paid tribute to Portugal’s 1974 Carnation Revolution, which saw the country overcome a decades-long dictatorship. He mentioned Paulo de Carvalho’s song — and Portugal’s 1974 Eurovision entry — “Depois do Adeus”. One particular broadcast of the song was used as a secret sign that the revolution was about to start. (Jacintha)

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I am deeply inspired by the way my country overcame our 41 year lasting dictatorship: music, flowers and temperance. A Portuguese Festival da Cançao song contest winning song by the great Paulo de Carvalho called “Depois do Adeus” was secretly agreed to be the safe alarm-song on the radio so the military could prepare to start the revolution. The great late Zeca Afonso’s theme “Grandola, Vila Morena” was the actual military-prompting song and further confirmation that everything would turn out right. Originated in Guinea-Bissau and later architectured in Portugal, The Carnation Revolution got its name due to people starting to place carnations in the military guns‘ barrels. To this day it remains, for me, the most inspiring moment in our history. Thank you for everything,?25/4.

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Michael Rice to perform on the Graham Norton Show next week

The UK’s Michael Rice will make his obligatory stop by the Graham Norton Show next week. The show’s Twitter account revealed that celebrity guests Keanu Reeves, Kylie Minogue, Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and Suranne Jones will appear, and that the “Bigger Than Us” singer will also perform his Eurovision entry. The episode with Michael Rice will be part of episode five, broadcast on May 3. (Jacintha)

Bilal Hassani lands a Spotify billboard in Paris

His debut album “Kingdom” finally got released on Friday (read our review of it here). Bilal held a private release party at Hotel de Ville, and among his guests was Eurovision star Émilie Satt from Madame Monsieur. And to celebrate the incredible day, Spotify put up billboards all over Paris. Bilal was thrilled to have spotted one in a metro station. Happy album release, Bilal Hassani! (Florian)

Jonida Maliqi laughs alone with salad

The Albanian songstress is keeping healthy ahead of Eurovision. The “Ktheju tokës” singer has teamed up with an Albanian meal service company and shared a pic on social media, serving “woman laughing alone with salad” realness. (Robyn)

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@greenonrepeat just for me… Can you try it? ??

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Sergey Lazarev gets Smash!!-ed

Remember Smash!! ? The Russian pop duo Sergey Lazarev and Vlad Topalov was quite the thing back in the early 2000s. They’ve developed a strong friendship over the years and have done special performances every now and then. It’s always amazing to see how old forces reunite! (Florian)

Ester Peony looks stunning in new photoshoot

Our Romanian darling Ester Peony isn’t just slaying on a Sunday. She’s working it every day of the week — and has just gifted us another incredible photoshoot. The singer already served impressive visuals in her Eurovision music video. Her recent shoot now sees her wearing a different outfit that seems both traditional yet modern. Her make-up game is on point! (Florian)

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? #Eurovision #OnaSunday #Easter

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Jubi
1 year ago

25 april 1974 was not a revolution! Was a coup d´etat
the revolution started after that
I wonder what they have to celebrate …3 bailouts in just 33 years its too bad

Laurinda
Laurinda
1 year ago
Reply to  Jubi

Call it what you want but for the Portuguese people it marks the beginning of freedom. Free of not being forced to fight a war most of us didn’t believe in, free to be in a group of people talking in the street without being arrested, to speak out our mind about our political, religious, or whatever opinion, women were finally free to behave and to do what they wanted without having to ask for permission to their husbands, political prisioners were freed from jails (the ones who survived torture), and so on and so on… I don’t know your… Read more »

Holger
Holger
1 year ago

https://www.zdf.de/show/zdf-fernsehgarten/fsg-on-tour-28-april-2019-104.html Netta und Luca Hänni were guests today!
(28:00 Luca Hänni , 1:00:00 Netta)

Loin dici
1 year ago

By the way, is it just me or does Ester look eerily similar to J.Lo in this shot?

Clara
Clara
1 year ago

Dear florian, I enjoy the news about the salad of Jonida or the dancing of luca but can you please tell also about mahmood who did an hit with other singers and producers that is 1 in Italy chart (calipso)? ; he sang yesterday night at forum assago milano this song.
And please can also update about mahmood’s tour Good vibes, that began the 25 th of april in Parma and was a big success, he sang also some unpublished song very beautiful (africa and piramidi) ?
Thank you very much !

startaglia
startaglia
1 year ago
Reply to  Clara

Is there a YouTube video where we can see the unpublished songs that were performed in Parma? I am dying to listen to them!! Btw I love Mahmood’s voice in Calipso

Clara
Clara
1 year ago
Reply to  startaglia

I haven’t found videos of mahmood singing Piramidi and Africa , persons in Parma concert said they were very beautiful…
Maybe you can ask to @mahmoodofficialfanclub or @mahmmod.idol if they have some videos…

Clara
Clara
1 year ago
Reply to  Florian Rahn

Thank you Florian ! You could also comment an interview mahmood gave yesterday I think, where he answers about eurovision, if he will write again about his father, about the artists he’d like to write a song (his idols Frank Ocean and Paolo Conte, and also he names the spanish Rosalía…), how he discovered, after sanremo, there are two Italy’s, one so closed and full of prejudice, the other is his Italy, his Milano, where he never felt different from the others, that is multicultural and where nobody cares or judges about your origines and fluid sexual orientation … The… Read more »

Black eyes
1 year ago

Tamara she is amazing

jmflo
jmflo
1 year ago

Bilal Hassani sang an acoustic version of “Roi” last night in the France 2 “On n’est pas couché” talk show :
https://youtu.be/MYiKg0-bQ_g

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

I’m not a superfan of “Chameleon” but I have to admit that Michaela’s live performance was really good!

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

They should start calling this Monthly Digest

Doris
Doris
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

A liitle harsh, just weekly

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Padraig was running the Daily Digest, but he didn’t have the time to keep doing it. We were going to stop it entirely, but some other wiwbloggers, including Florian, stepped in and picked it up. And here we are! 🙂

Clara
Clara
1 year ago

So thank you Florian !

EuroSluuutty
EuroSluuutty
1 year ago

Mahmood released a new single, which topped the iTunes chart in Italy

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

Tamara totally smashed it, this song gives me the tingles. And Luca looks in need of a hearty dinner

Kris
Kris
1 year ago

Go Florian

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago

Also Slovenia confirmed Lea Sirk as the spokesperson and that staging will be the same as in EMA

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I like Lea Sirk and I liked the staging in EMA. I will not be disappointed!

GUEST
GUEST
1 year ago

Michela performed Chameleon live 😀

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Also, can we point out that Michela sang Chameleon live in Malta for the first time and smashed it!! Malta’s a serious contender this year!!

GUEST
GUEST
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Great minds 🙂

Bob
Bob
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

That’s great news! Where can we see it? 🙂

dave
dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

There are two videos on YouTube so far

Berco
Berco
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

This is the link. By the way, at the end she says good night and walks away na na…
https://youtu.be/3MJ_D74pk7U

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Berco

Haha, that was kinda funny. She’s too cute!

Loin dici
1 year ago

By the way, there are some significant differences in the new betting odds.

Patrick
Patrick
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Like what? I don’t see any….

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Patrick

Some that I can see is Swiss falling into 4th and North Macedonia rising into 17th place, and Belarus slow but steadily rising up.

Koit
Koit
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Yeah what are they?

Doris
Doris
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

The cheater will soon start drifting.

MTD
MTD
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Shhh…there’s nothing more important than bizillion articles about Duncan every day.

I was suprised to find out that there are other countries participating.

Thanks Wiwi. Not.