Every weekday, between now and the contest in May, the team from wiwibloggs will round up the latest titbits from the world of Eurovision 2021. We trawl through Instagram, Twitter and elsewhere so that y’all don’t have to. In today’s Daily Digest Barbara Pravi drops in to France 24, Tusse discusses his desire to make history and Now That’s What I Call Music! launches a Eurovision edition. But first…
Eurovision news: 30 March
First acts confirmed for Pre-Party ES 2021
The annual Spanish preview party is going online for a second year. But that hasn’t diminished its pulling power. The first batch of Eurovision stars confirmed for the 24 April event includes Australia’s Montaigne, San Marino’s Senhit, Serbia’s Hurricane and France’s Barbara Pravi.
[ÚLTIMA HORA]¡Barbara Pravi, Hurricane, Montaigne y Senhit, primeras artistas confirmadas de la #PrePartyES21!
Las representantes San Marino?? Australia?? Serbia?? Francia?? abren el cartel del evento del 24 de abril que se verá en E-S y YouTube ?
— Eurovision-Spain.com | PrePartyES (@eurospaincom) March 30, 2021
Barabara Pravi discusses her roots on France 24
Late last week, France’s Barbara Pravi appeared on France 24, the Paris-based international news network. The chanteuse was a guest on the network’s Middle East Matters. In the interview, she teases a future project which may delve into both her Persian and Serbian roots, but her lips are sealed for the moment. Later, the host quizzes Barbara on her knowledge of musical instruments from Iran and the surrounding region.
Tusse wants to make history
Speaking with Norway’s NRK, Sweden’s Tusse shared his desire to become the first black solo artist to win Eurovision. “I think it’s sick that it has not happened before, because Eurovision has really lasted for a while. But it would have been powerful to be a role model, which I do not feel I have had in my life. It would have been so big”, he says. “I have had to deal with and overcome racism, bullying, exclusion, and get on the other side of all this. To find myself and stand for who I am”. Meanwhile, over on Instagram, he shared a behind the scenes look at his pre-performance vocal practice.
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Jeangu Macrooy to be portrayed in wall painting near Rotterdam Ahoy
If you’re in or around the Rotterdam Ahoy area in May, you might see a large wall painting of the Netherlands’ Eurovision 2021 hopeful Jeangu Macrooy. Artist Tymon de Laat is set to create the artwork between 5 and 19 April. De Laat told RTL Nieuws: “Jeangu’s gaze of hope is central to the horizon and the future, where the light of a new day will touch his face”. In the meantime, the man himself has been busy promoting “Birth Of A New Age” on Dutch radio stations. Last week he performed the song on 3FM’s Live Box. (Renske)
NOW That’s What I Call Eurovision: Compilation album coming in April
It’s the long-running compilation album series that’s a must-have for parties and road trips. Next month, the NOW That’s What I Call Music series continues with a special record dedicated to Eurovision. The three-disc set includes 70 Eurovision classics, with winning tracks from ABBA, Loreen and Johnny Logan, as well as fan favourites like Verka Serduchka, John Lundvik and Daði Freyr. Originating in the UK, NOW‘s upcoming release seems to be targeting the British audience and features a large number of UK Eurovision entries. NOW That’s What I Call Eurovision hits shelves on Friday 30 April. (Oliver A)
Get ready for the ultimate celebration of ?@Eurovision ? coming your way on 30/4/21. This unique album features 70 of the most memorable songs from the competition.
Pre order: https://t.co/Kyfxa3M2FS pic.twitter.com/V9VRmzErKT
— NOW That's What I Call Music (@NOWMusic) March 30, 2021
Playtesters wanted for Daði og Gagnamagnið video game
In the “10 Years” music video, Iceland’s new favourite band teased a project they’ve been working on — a Daði og Gagnamagnið video game. The game looks to be a 2D side-scrolling platformers, inspired by the SNES titles from which the band draw much of their aesthetic. Today, Gagnamagnið member and video game developer Jóhann Sigurður took to his Instagram story calling for playtesters to demo the game ahead of release.
Users interested in testing out the mobile game should contact Jóhann via Instagram, detailing their e-mail address and which mobile operating system they use (i.e. iOS or Android) — but be mindful, there’s a limited number of spaces. The game is currently planned only for a mobile release, but the group are hoping to bring the game to Steam at a later date. (Oliver A)
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Natalia Gordienko tells fans not to be afraid to experiment
Moldova’s sweet Natalia took to Instagram to share a new picture from her “Sugar” promo photoshoot. Feeling inspired by her transformation to Eurovision pop star, the singer told writing in Russian: “Friends, changing is great. It’s a process of life. With the years, a huge experience comes to us, and therefore we cannot be the same as five or ten years ago. Today, I feel beautiful, because I understood that changes are inevitable and must be accepted. Even better is to get acquainted with them and not be afraid of experiments. Here the most important is to receive gratification and harmoniously give into the beauty of your own life.” (Renske)
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Lesley Roy checks the Irish waters one last time
The music video for Lesley Eurovision 2021 song “MAPS” futures the sea quite heavily. Not surprising, because nearly every person travelling to Ireland will have to cross the ocean to touch down on the Emerald Isle. Ahead of her travels to Rotterdam in just over one month, Lesley has gone to the beach once more. On Instagram, she writes: “One last check in at home before we go and Do This!!!! 🇮🇪🗺🏆” (Renske)
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Additional contributions from Renske and Oliver
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