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 Thursday the 9th of May.

Rehearsals day 5: Roll on the second rehearsals!

Today the competing acts of the first semi-final have their second rehearsal. Time to check out what’s being changed and — of course — get an impression of what it’ll look like on your TV screens next Tuesday. You don’t wanna miss out all the content coming up on our social media throughout the day! (Florian)

Darude and Sebastian Rejman put on a show in their hotel lobby

Earlier in the week, while enjoying some downtime after their first rehearsal, Finland’s Darude and Sebastian Rejman got busy in their hotel lobby. The duo, along with their backing singers and dancer, delivered a live version of “Look Away”, sounding better than ever. (Robyn)

S!sters arrive in Tel Aviv

They’re one of the final acts to make their way to Tel Aviv. Ahead of their first rehearsal on Friday, Germany’s S!sters arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon. Of course, they’ve already been to Israel to shoot their postcard! (Florian)

Find your vibe with Azerbaijan’s Chingiz!

We’ve already seen Chingiz – a man of many talents – give an acoustic edit of “Truth”. Or effortlessly playing traditional drums. And today, a video on the official Eurovision channel reveals what they’ve been working on! Follow Chingiz in a vibrant journey in his home country playing all sorts of instruments. Hand it to him — he knows how to get it done! (Florian) 

Victor Crone claims he’s Hatari’s biggest fan

Iceland Music News was in attendance at a Eurovision party held earlier this week. Reporter Dísa followed the excitement around Hatari, who showed up in their finest mesh and latex attire. Iceland Music News also spoke to partygoers to gauge their feelings about Hatari. Estonia’s Victor Crone deadpanned that he is the biggest fan of Hatari and claimed he came to Tel Aviv just to meet them. (Robyn)

Lake Malawi meets the Dead Sea

It was the meeting of two great bodies of water: Lake Malawi and the Dead Sea. The Czech trio took a trip out to the intensely salty lake and experienced the effects of its ultra buoyant water. The lads used the opportunity to relax a little before their second rehearsal today. (Robyn)

Zala & Gašper continue to be #couplegoals

While other Eurovision stars are working the promo trail hard, Slovenian sweethearts Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl are just enjoying each other’s company. The loved-up couple shared a photo of them enjoying the Tel Aviv sunshine. Aww, you guys! (Robyn)

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Borrowed Ana’s beach hat today ?

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Zena goes acoustic

The Belarus teen star has dropped an acoustic performance of her entry “Like It”. Joined by her three backing vocalists and a guitar player, Zena delivers a stripped-back version but with no less attitude than what she’s been bringing to the Expo Tel Aviv stage. (Robyn)

New music from John Lundvik tomorrow

Sweden’s John Lundvik already has achieved one of the biggest hits of the year in his home country Sweden as “Too Late For Love” basically topped all domestic charts. And now, he’s ready to give us new material as a new EP titled My Turn — which will include his two Melodifestivalen entries — is set for a release this Friday. (Florian) 

Follow our YouTube livestreams

While rehearsals, meet and greets and interviews take place at the Expo in Tel Aviv, you can watch our lovely Suzanne Adams and other wiwibloggers talk about the rehearsals while also answering everything you want to know. It’s basically your full-day Eurovision livestream where you’ll hear stuff first. Following the Memorial Day break within the rehearsal schedule, make sure to tune in again today for all the latest news on today’s rehearsals!

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