Eurovision 31 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 France’s Barbara Pravi does an acoustic version of “Voilà”, The Roop perform a medley of their Eurovision bops and Greece’s Stefania reveals her favourite Dutch entry. But first…

Eurovision news: 31 March

Hurricane score the most-viewed Eurovision video for March

After what seems like an eternity, Russia’s 2020 Eurovision entry “Uno” has been knocked off the number one spot in the official Eurovision channel’s monthly countdown of its most viewed videos. And Serbia’s Hurricane are the ones to take the crown with “Loco Loco”. The rest of the top ten is: 10.Croatia 2021, 9. Netherlands 2019, 8. Switzerland 2021, 7. Malta 2021, 6. Norway 2009, 5. Ukraine 2019, 4. Azerbaijan 2021, 3. Russia 2020 and 2. Russia 2021. It should be noted that the video ranking only includes uploads to the official Eurovision channel. Hence why there’s no sign of Italy’s Måneskin who have racked up 13.4 million views on their own channel. By comparison, the Hurricane video has 6.3 million views.

Barbara Pravi performs “Voilà” on Le Grand Oral

On Tuesday, Eurovision 2021 fan favourite Barbara Pravi appeared on France 2’s Le Grand Oral. The show hosted by Leïla Kaddour-Boudadi aims to find France’s best public speakers. Barbara performed an acoustic version of her Eurovision song “Voilà”, accompanied by Agnès Imbault on piano. She stunned the studio audience and proved that she can create a magically intimate atmosphere even with minimal staging and accompaniment. “Every time I sing it, I’m in a trance”, the chanteuse told Purebreak Charts. “What I really want is to write stories that reach you.” (Oliver A)

Samanta Tina celebrates 32nd birthday

Latvia’s Eurovision 2021 star Samanta Tīna is celebrating her 32nd birthday in style. The “The Moon is Rising” hitmaker shared on Instagram: “My birthday! The day I was sent to earth with the mission of this life! I am still learning something new everysingleday! I learn to forgive and love, to give and not to ask, to ask and not to require! I learn not to fight but trust – in love and at work! I am ready for a new school year!”.  Happy birthday from all of us! (Renske)

 

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Go_A announce their first live solo concert

Ukraine’s Go_A will sing and perform at their first live concert in Kyiv on 17 April. While they’ve performed at lots of events before, this is their first headline gig. The quartet will perform in the Vsi.Svoyi venue between 18:00 and 22:00. The group told their fans that the concert will be in compliance with all the latest health regulations from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. (Renske)

 

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Blind Channel release last episode of Life on the Dark Side documentary

Finland’s rock group Blind Channel has released the “grand finale” of their Life on the Dark Side documentary series. This episode sees the group winning the country’s Eurovision selection UMK and becoming one of Finland’s most popular rock groups at the moment. Additionally, the group revealed that “Dark Side” has been certified gold in Finland. (Renske)

Måneskin goes platinum with “Zitti e buoni”

From Rome to Sanremo to Rotterdam – Måneskin are already conquering the charts in their own country. Their Sanremo-winning song “Zitti e buoni” has been certified platinum by Italy’s FIMI. This means that the song has sold the equivalent to 70,000 digits. Looking stylish as ever, the band celebrated the achievement in black and white. Congratulations! (Renske)

 

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Stefania names “Arcade” as the Best Dutch Eurovision song of all time

She’s representing Greece at Eurovision 2021. But for one night only, Stefania’s focus will be on all things Dutch. The Netherlands’ based starlet will appear alongside the likes of commentator Cornald Maas and Eurovision 1994 singer Willeke Alberti on tonight’s episode of De Vooravond to discuss the best Dutch Eurovision song of all time. Taking to Instagram, Stefania revealed her choice in advance — Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”.

 

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Daði Freyr talks to Russia’s Eurovision commentator Yana Churikova

Iceland’s Daði Freyr talked all things Eurovision with Russia’s commentator Yana Churikova. Topics touched upon include his song for Eurovision 2021, his thoughts on the other entries and the recent Netflix Eurovision movie. Yana is particularly chuffed when Daði reveals that he gets a lot of inspiration from Little Big — the band that was due to represent Russia at Eurovision 2021.

The Roop perform “On Fire” and “Discoteque” at Lithuanian music awards

We’ve already reported on The Roop’s big success at last weekend’s M.A.M.A music award show in Lithuania. Not only did the group scoop several of the main gongs, but they also performed a medley of both their Eurovision songs — “On Fire” and “Discoteque”.

Additional contributions from Oliver and Renske

What do you think of The Roop’s live performance? Do you agree with Stefania? Let us know in the comments.

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Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

Samanta and Barbara are very great – both are born (just like me) in the fire sign of Aries…

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
5 months ago

Stefania reveals her favorite Duch entry ever.
Me (excited): “Amsterdam”?
Her: “Arcade”! 🙂
Me: […] […] […]

Yana
Yana
5 months ago

Italian Måneskin I just adore you!! And u really need to listen another their songs to understand & to feel what this group is. This is for what I like Eurovision, without contest u wouldn’t know them probably:) L ? VE from Ukraine

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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
5 months ago

Yes.

Majesty
Majesty
5 months ago

Lithuania is so ready to host Eurovision.

Last edited 5 months ago by Majesty
Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago
Reply to  Majesty

I´m already looking forward !!!

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

I’ve just watched this Roop medley and was wondering why augmented reality staging is prohibited in Eurovision?! Looks fantastic in my opinion.

Mortiwer
Mortiwer
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Wait what ? Augmented reality is not allowed anymore ? Is that a new rule ?

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago
Reply to  Mortiwer

I’ve read that virtual and augmented reality is not allowed. But that was for live-on-tape recordings, so I’m confused.

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Very fantastic and breathtaking ! They should wear red dresses instead of yellow also at ESC.

AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago

We are on the same page Natalie…I found many songs super beautiful this year…The French ballad is gorgeous, light like a butterfly, but for a francophone person, I believe they heard many similar, better performed or more powerful songs many times before. For example, Natasha St-Pier – Je N’ai Que Mon Ame or our divine Patricia Kaas…it was another league of professionalism….Malta’s song is powerful, catchy and hooky; however, it is like a cocktail of many other songs, lacks integrity and uniqueness…Unfortunately, a great voice and Diva’s presence is not enough…The representative of Switzerland is also amazing this year, but… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

Better performed or more powerful? More professionnalism !? No, Barbara is in the same league sorry, her performances are perfect and powerful 😉

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AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Well this is my subjective opinion…I love Barbara, the melody of this song is incredible; however, I heard it many times before…and for me she doesn’t have this quality of a diva…I don’t know much about her career either to be honest, but she reminds more a young starting artist…

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

No matter how early you reveal the song, MOST Eurovision viewers will be hearing the songs for the first time in May.

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AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Hope so Jamie, fingers crossed x

AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I agree Dear, but I guess this one is more about a momentum, viral moment, a buzz created in the air, gentle pleasant addiction with no side effects lol… when adults do not have other choice, because their children say – ‘VOTE, now’…they managed to create this vibe for On Fire, and fingers crossed they will do the same with Discotheque…

Grft
Grft
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

I think Voilà and Barbara are as professionnal as the two other entries you’re talking about. If not more 🙂

AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago
Reply to  Grft

according to my subjective perception, not even close to the two other mentioned entries’ league…I still hope she will be top 10 this year, taking into account the track record of France over the last decade

Natalie
Natalie
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

I somewhat agree that revealing song early wasn’t the best strategy. Though I love the song in every bit 🙂 I put my hopes that the roop will invest in staging and create the whole new feeling about the song. Though not too sure if being first in the semi final 1 is the best placing for them. Destiny has a fantastic vocal, no doubt, but I don’t find the song as unique. Barbaras song is unfortunately completely not my cup of tea, so I will abstain from commenting.

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Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Natalie

Of course ……

AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago
Reply to  Natalie

Staging can create a miracle indeed, not speaking about his charisma xxx

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

What a terrible bad faith ! Barbara Pravi is a wonderful professional interpreter and as much as Natasha or Patricia. Just because you have other favorites in this Eurovision doesn’t excuse your “opinion”. Barbara is a deep, moving and talented singer. Definitely.

Natalie
Natalie
5 months ago

The roop fantastic! My winners!

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
5 months ago

Barbara’s Voila is just beautiful the more I listen to her sing it live!!

Alaska
Alaska
5 months ago

Did Stefania listen to any of the Dutch entries before 2019? I doubt it.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
5 months ago
Reply to  Alaska

Yeah that was a generic answer – praise the recent winner’s song by saying its your favorite lol

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
5 months ago

Nothing against “Arcade” but Netherlands has a fantastic catalogue of songs ever since the inception of the contest so claiming that “Arcade” is her favorite Dutch entry ever is reduntant if she doesn’t know anything else.

MariAkki
MariAkki
5 months ago
Reply to  Alaska

She was in jesc years ago, pretty sure she at least knows the common linnets as well. She also knows older Greek songs, so she probably watched the contest before.

Mexican eurofan
Mexican eurofan
5 months ago

Omg that really is the best Dutch entry of all times

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

So beautiful !

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago

It’s funny to see how wiwi and others esc medias ignore totally what’s happened and what is happening in Spain, between Telecinco, Gjon’s tears feeling himself an used condom and Barbara Pravi in the middle of that….

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Ben
Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

What does “feeling himself a used condom” mean?

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Ben

To feel used and then rejected I think

Ben
Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Who used Gjon?

chipo clu
chipo clu
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

what happened? tell us please.

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  chipo clu

Lol, really? OK so let’s do this, the producer of a show on Telecinco is an eurofan it seems so Telecinco has said to Gjon that they have chosen his song for their docu show because according to Gjon he was unique for them and the song special, they even invited him to perform live in Spain and so to promote his song, it was cool for him he was 1st on itunes and Shazam in Spain but during the 2nd show the producers have used Barbara’s song to open the show, Gjon was not happy and on his instagram… Read more »

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Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I don’t know if I was really clear but I give my maximum 😉
This thing has been reported by many many big medias in Spain.
and forcefully a little bit in Switzerland and France too. That’s why I’m surprised that some esc related medias remain quiet about it.

Last edited 5 months ago by Esc addict
Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

And to add to this, some spanish eurofans complain because they don’t understand why they don’t use Blas song too, to give a little boost to the spanish entry.

Last edited 5 months ago by Esc addict
Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Really, you could’ve just said, “So, in Spain…” and I could’ve figured it out from there.

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I mean for me too, but I was asked to explain, then I did it kindly, because I’m not so bad 😉
But maybe you as a spanish eurofan (if I’m not wrong) you can correct me if I’m wrong about things or maybe add things, you’re welcome 🙂

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Thank you Esc addict for the explanation. Much appreciated!
Personally I love both Gjon and Barbara’s entries (they’re my 1st and 3rd place respectively), so I’m really not sure how to fully process this drama lol. Personally though, I don’t get why Gjon lashed out like that. If the producers of the show felt that “Voila” should also be incorporated, then I don’t see the problem tbh, as long as they keep their end of their promise to Gjon by playing his song.

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago

You’re welcome! Yeah it’s exactly my thoughts, there’s place for everybody, these songs can be complementary to illustrate the same documentary.

Efraim
Efraim
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Some Spanish media are reporting that Barbara Pravi is performing Sunday on the next broadcast while Gjon apologized for overreacting and Tout l’univers is still the main theme song, so I guess all is well for the time being.

Honestly
Honestly
5 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Lol, so much drama, lol

Esc addict
Esc addict
5 months ago
Reply to  Honestly

Yes I agree lol but an Eurovision without dramas is not Eurovision 😉

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
5 months ago

Just an update the top 10 most watch video this month has updated Ukraine takes 5 place and everything else is moved 1 down under it

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
5 months ago
Reply to  Heartbeater

I’m just saying that Eurovision posted another video because they made a mistake

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

Hemel en aarde is the best Dutch Eurovision song of all time.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes, but I’d put “Arcade” second or third. “Calm After the Storm” would also be up there.

Grft
Grft
5 months ago

Every performance of Voilà is a masterpiece

Okan idu?
Okan idu?
5 months ago

I know nothing about Eurovision if Serbia would finish out of top 5

AmberLynx
AmberLynx
5 months ago

wow, the Roop is mesmerizing…love this band…and they will definitely deliver this year!!!!!

Teddie
Teddie
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

I know right?! They’re amazing!

Fred
Fred
5 months ago
Reply to  AmberLynx

Gotta agree that performance was crazy. Can’t wait for Rotterdam show. 😮

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

I have a really good feeling about France. Every single performance, she’s totally nailed. She has a vibe about her. If France takes it, that’ll only leave poor Spain as the country that’s won multiple times and has had to wait an excruciatingly long time to win again.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Also, add Stefania to the very interesting list of singers who represented another country while competing at a contest hosted in their own country (a list that includes the likes of Ireen Sheer, Elisabeth Andreassen on a technicality, Daniel Kovac, Lise Haavik, Plastic Bertrand, anybody who’s represented Monaco in France more or less, and David Alexandre Winter)

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

(If you really wanted to stir up controversy, you could also say Clodagh Rogers counts, as she’s from Northern Ireland. I also totally forgot about Fionnuala Sherry from Secret Garden!)

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, this is so interesting. I wonder how much support she will have from Dutch televoters

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I imagine how peaceful the French delegation is feeling this year. The song was well received by fans in France and internationally (it’s quite something for a chanson to be that well ranked in online polls where the audience normally rejects traditional entries), Barbara is a flawless performer and they already have a tested and approved staging. Time will tell how well they’ll do in Rotterdam, but they did their homework very well this time.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It’s a total 180 from last year, when the song was almost universally panned, especially by the French. Barbara doesn’t have to perform at the Eiffel Tower for us to know this is authentically French.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yes, this is definitely France’s best effort in years. It’s my favorite of the big five this year, which is completely opposite from last year. I wish Barbara good luck.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

France gets the “Most Improved” award for sure. From my last last year to top three this year. But for once, my number one country (and artist!) has stayed exactly the same two years in a row. As far as I recall, for a non-vintage year, at least.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Who’s that?

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Fortunately ! The performance last year of Tom Leeb was ridicolous and I didn´t like the song at all