Eurovision 30 March

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.

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)

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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Een bericht gedeeld door Gordienko Natalia (@natalitsa)

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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Een bericht gedeeld door LESLEY ROY (@lesroy)

Additional contributions from Renske and Oliver

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OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
22 days ago

I must admit, I find myself quite uncomfortable with the moldovian entry, I like the song but she doesnt seem like “herself”.
Im not being a prude or anything, Im all about women being sexualy liberated and exploring it through their craft, like Maruv back in 2019.
However, this just feels like Russia (Kirkorov) took Moldova under his wing and is just using Natalia as a puppet without taking in consideration her ideas or personal style, maybe Im on the wrong (in which case I will most certainly apologize) but I just feel a sense of uneassiness.

Last edited 22 days ago by OberonYronwood
Rasmus
Rasmus
21 days ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

Philip kirkorov , the russian putin puppet have brainwashed her into his own russian puppet now

Alex
Alex
21 days ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I absolutely agree with you, this is what most of us have noticed. This is a good gig for Natalia but it’s not the right style for her and she’s just doing whatever she’s told to do because Kirkorov is paying for everything. This is why I despise most of the entries that Kirkorov is involved with.

Grft
Grft
22 days ago

Barbara is the most adorable creature

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago

Izhar Cohen (Israel 1979) is pretty dark, had afro hair, from 100% Yemeni origin, and he won 40 years ago

can we stop shouting “racism” just for the sake of it?!

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

He wasnt solo though. He won with group..

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

‘cmon..

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Yes, it is credited as Izhar Cohen and The Alphabeta. You want to take their win away from them?
And pretty dark doesn¨t mean he is black. He is of Middle Eastern origin. That’s not being black which disqualifies him as first.

Last edited 22 days ago by Denis
Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

*YAWN*

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Another thought that I had:

He doesn’t actually mean it.
Think about it for a second, Sweden is obsessed with Eurovision.
Sweden has chosen a bland entry.
Sweden is going to be extremely disappointed with their singer and entry.
He is just preparing an excuse to deflect the imminent criticism that is about to come.
It’s not that he wasn’t good, is that everyone in Europe is racist.
(funny how Malta is topping the odds.. this he does not mention..)

Last edited 22 days ago by Mahi Mahi
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
22 days ago

What a strong argument. Not the song, not the voice, not the performance. The skin color should decide it. So even he knows how weak his song is. And to come with such a sob story when every age group in Sweden pushed him to victory like nobody else before is rich. I’m not buying any of it. I’d rather see Destiny make history. Or Jeangu. Eden could have made one hell of a history, if they hadn’t given her songs that are impossible to win with.

Last edited 22 days ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago

prepare yourself. a new age where singers of color blaming racism in their low score is coming.

Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago

Exactly . If rather the best song wins rather than the best sob story. Anywho of of my favourites is Senhit . And she’s got a better song and San Marino got a better story.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
22 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

Jesus. Of course. I totally forgot. Senhit is my answer, too. I like both singer and song. They just need a good performance now.

acp
acp
22 days ago

OMG you are absolutely right. I was just thinking the same

Euro2018
Euro2018
21 days ago

Who are you to decide which song is “Impossible to win”?

Last edited 21 days ago by Euro2018
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
21 days ago
Reply to  Euro2018

Learn how to read before you address me again with some nonsense.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
21 days ago

You shouldn’t be insulting other people. You aren’t an expert at this anymore than anyone else here.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
21 days ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

What on earth are you talking about?

lol
lol
22 days ago

I dont think its going to be Tusse. Im hopeful for destiny she would also be the first solo black artist to win Eurovision, and her chances are much higer then Tusse’s

Milla
Milla
22 days ago
Reply to  lol

Malta is overrated imo. The song is nothing special and has the same message as Toy. But if she would become the first black person to win.. then fine.

Martyna
Martyna
22 days ago
Reply to  Milla

Destiny’s song may have a similar message to Netta’s song but it does not have the same story. I believe every song has a different story despite having a similar or the same message. But is it wrong though? There are multiple songs with the same/similar meanings, and it’s perfectly fine. Why is it so painful to some people tha Malta might have wanted to convey something similar to Israel? It matters so let’s talk and sing about it, let’s not hate it. (Mills, I’m not talking specifically about you, but there are many people who constantly write hateful comments… Read more »

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
22 days ago
Reply to  Martyna

Toy had 1M per day pre-Eurovision, It trended all around the world. Malta’s song is out there for 2 weeks and only gained 2M votes. I’m not sure these has the same effect as Toy.

Toy was waay more mind-blowing when it came out 3 years ago. this one doesn’t achieve the same “wow” effect.
I’m not buying it that Malta wins this year.

nycforever
nycforever
21 days ago
Reply to  Milla

I also think that Malta is overrated but still found Maltese entry way better than Swedish. Moreover, Destiny is not making accents on skin color to gain points or justify possible failure. If we have this year the first solo black artist to win, I would like Destiny to be it, first of all of course, because her song is better that Tusse’s.

Alex
Alex
21 days ago
Reply to  lol

As far as I know, Destiny is mixed and not 100% black.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
22 days ago

The coat really suits Lesley!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
22 days ago

It made me very happy, and I really enjoyed, seeing the interview with Barbara. When she broke into song halfway through answering a question it really made me smile. A great way to respond when you can’t find the words in another language! The ‘guess the type of instrument’ section was fun too, especially as the interviewer obviously enjoyed it as well.

Thanks for putting this together, Padraig!

American Boy
American Boy
22 days ago

Well Tusse, you won’t be winning.

Esc addict
Esc addict
22 days ago
Reply to  American Boy

Don’t be so rude, I mean why he couldn’t ? He has won the Melfest with the international jury vote by a big margin so everything is still possible, we are not here to discourage the artists but to support them.

Milla
Milla
22 days ago
Reply to  American Boy

It’s okay to have dreams. If Tusse have a chance to become the first black person to win is not entirely our choice is it? Sweden’s entry can be both overrated or underrated imo. We’ll see how it goes.

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  American Boy

Why not? Is there a reason he couldnt win? He won MF by a landslide ,he can just as well win ESC. The point of ESC is after all to inspire to dream, and not to say they cant.

Last edited 22 days ago by Denis
Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Well we can say we don’t like the song , hence you won’t be winning. In this particular case most people do agree the song is not good enough. Tusse can sure win ESC , but with a better song is what *American boy* meant to say.

Denis
Denis
22 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

But who says its bad? Vanilla Bean and others on this site? Do they decide the outcome? Are they judges? If its bad then how come on Youtube its mostly positive comments and people calling it good? Are they wrong?The ones who decide are the casual people watching, not “fans” on this site

Last edited 22 days ago by Denis
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

So good of you to speak on behalf of all the casual people watching. I don’t decide the outcome and you sure as hell don’t, either. And FYI: I don’t read YouTube comments but I’m pretty sure most commentators are not representative of “the casual people watching”. They probably are mostly “fans”, as you call it, like on this site. And yes, I say it’s bad. I speak for myself and I’m not going to let you put words in my mouth, as you keep on trying. Especially not you, since you are the biggest turncoat ever. First repeating yourself… Read more »

Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I can’t speak for someone else , but the song which places last in the Eurovision final is also the “26th best ” song. It’s a matter of comparison now . You compare the likes and dislikes received by “Voices ” to the likes and dislikes of other songs. I did that comparison and came to the conclusion that it’s not the most liked song by the majority. For some people it will be their favourite song but for most it’s not . I didn’t read many calling it ” bad” but I hardly read anyone calling it their favourite… Read more »

Last edited 22 days ago by Kristian
nycforever
nycforever
21 days ago
Reply to  Denis

“The ones who decide are the casual people watching, not “fans” on this site”.
Actually, I think fans decide more. Because they are more likely to vote for their favourite than someone who is watching Eurovision, for example, only on Grand Final just for fun.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
22 days ago
Reply to  Denis

if winning melfest means you win eurovision that means that every single song sweden sends would have won. bet you would have loved that

PP77
PP77
22 days ago

Netherlands 1975, 2019
France 1977, 2021?

Esc addict
Esc addict
22 days ago
Reply to  PP77

If France win or not in May, the french delegation could be proud because they have done the job this year, and a great job, whatever the results.

Alex
Alex
22 days ago

i can’t believe they did not include Soldi and Fuego in that compilation, WTF

I can’t find Imaani too.

Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Yeah , some real random choices . Sweden 2019 over Cyprus 2018 .

Imaani is there on CD 3

T. A.
T. A.
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

It also kinda bothers me that they picked the English versions of many originally non-English songs (come on, Ein Bisschen Frieden will always sound better in German). Besides, Dzuli, the Udo Jurgens songs, Spirit in the Sky and Molitva should definitely have been in there. Also: Scooch and Jamala? Really?

Mauro
Mauro
22 days ago

Barbara is so sweat. I wish her the best.

Kristian
Kristian
22 days ago
Reply to  Mauro

Yes , they should have turned on the AC .