He’s the vocal coach who has helped elevate some of Eurovision’s finest stars, including Philipp Kirkorov, Sergey Lazarev, Polina Gagarina, Ani Lorak, Helena Paparizou, Anna Vissi, and Sakis Rouvas.
But Alex Panayi is much more than a teacher. He’s also a skilled singer who started his love affair with Eurovision way back in 1989, when he provided backing vocals for Cyprus. He went on to sing with Greece’s Helena Paparizou — helping her snatch the crown in 2005. And let’s not forget, on two occasions he represented Cyprus as a lead star and as one half of a duo. Your kids may know his voice, too. He has directed, sung in and acted in Disney, Fox and Dreamworks movies and series in the Greek language.
The next stop for Alex? The Wiwi Jam on May 15. The beautiful Theatre Club is a thoroughly fitting setting for Eurovision royalty. What will he sing? How will he move? You better snatch a ticket and find out…
Alex joins a growing list of artists who will hit our stage. So far they include Cyprus’ Tamta, France’s Bilal Hassani, Greece’s Katerine Duska, Israel’s premier cabaret act Eurofalsh, Australia’s Kate Miller- Heidke, Slovenia’s Zala & Gasper, Sweden’s John Lundvik, singer-songwriter Laurell Barker, Finland’s Darude & Sebastian Rejman, Estonia’s Victor Crone and San Marino’s Serhat. More names will be revealed in the days ahead. Get ready and get your tickets while they last. Don’t say we haven’t warned you.
The Wiwi Jam 2019 at Theatre Club
Our not-to-miss evening of songs, selfies and slayage returns in 2019 at the stunning Theatre Club. The event will take place on Wednesday May 15 from 22:00 and runs until the sun comes up. If you’re attending the semi-final 2 jury show, there will be PLENTY for you to see afterwards at the Wiwi Jam. As in recent years, we’ll have more than a dozen acts keen to celebrate the fandom. We’ll be spinning non-stop Eurovision tracks in between acts.
The Theatre Club is a large dance club and music venue located in Jaffa, just a five-minute walk from Eurovision Village and Charles Clore Park. The historic building served as a theatre in the early 20th century and today welcomes up to 1,500 people for music events and red carpet celebrations. It should look very familiar to our viewers: it served as host venue of Israel Calling 2016 and 2017.
Tickets for the one-night extravaganza cost 20 euros. That’s 15 euros for the ticket + a small booking fee.
This is the Theatre Club during Israel Calling 2016. And yes that is a wiwiblogger singing along to Nadav at the end.
Theatre Club: 7 Days of Music
The Wiwi Jam is happy to take over the Theatre Club on Wednesday May 15. But we’re just one of seven nights of music being celebrated at the Theatre Club.
Between May 12 and May 18 the club is hosting a series of parties with a Eurovision twist.
Doors open every day at 21:00. They promise…
* The best DJ playing pop and Eurovision hits.
* Live performances from Israeli Eurovision singers (see below).
* Live streaming of the semi finals and final on a big screen, with the best sound system.
* Drag queens shows.
* Reasonably priced drinks (seriously, the best prices in Tel Aviv).
Which Eurovision artists will headline at the Theatre Club?
Sunday 12.5: Mei Feingold (ESC 2014)
Monday 13.5: Moran Mazor (ESC 2013)
Tuesday 14.5: Imri Ziv (ESC 2017) + first semi final live streaming
Wednesday 15.5: Wiwi Jam (More than a dozen ESC stars — past and present)
Thursday 16.5: Madonna PARTY + second semi final live streaming
Friday 17.5: Nadav Guedj (ESC 2015)
Saturday 18.5: FINAL party with Izhar Cohen (ESC 1978+ 1985) + final live streaming
Theatre Club have a lot more surprises for you, but we can’t reveal it just yet.