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 Måns Zelmerlöw travels to Rotterdam, Duncan Laurence confirms he won’t sing a new single at Eurovision and Barbara Pravi prepares for Spain. But first…
Eurovision news: 1 April
Daði Freyr launches virtual tour
The pandemic might have cancelled a lot of tour and travel plans — but that’s not stopping Daði Freyr from giving the fans what they want. Using the power of augmented reality, Iceland’s Eurovision superstar is embarking on a virtual worldwide tour. Starting in the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, the “Think About Things” hitmaker will perform all over the world with stops in Manchester, Buenos Aires and Tokyo.
Whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or on the peak of a mountain, fans can stream the special concert via mobile and project the Gagnamagnið frontman into any environment imaginable. The possibilities are endless! Check out when Daði is performing near you and scan the QR code over at Road2Rotterdam.com. At the end of the tour, the concert will be available worldwide. (Oliver A)
I’m going on virtual world tour!
You can have me playing in your living room!
Starting tomorrow my virtual self will travel across the world.?Please have me in your personal space <3https://t.co/VimOoAWR3H pic.twitter.com/rlv9RlzT0V
— Daði Freyr ? (@dadimakesmusic) March 31, 2021
Jeangu Macrooy celebrates milestones for his community
On 1 April 2021, it was twenty years since gay marriage was legalised in the Netherlands. To celebrate that, Jeangu — an advocate of LGBTQ+ rights in his birth country Suriname — appeared in the documentary Let Love Rule on NPO3. He also congratulated Dutch MP Sylvana Simons on winning a seat in the Dutch parliament. Simons is the first Dutch party leader of Surinamese descent and the first black female party leader (Renske).
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Blas Cantó to perform “custom” concert in April
On Thursday 8 April, Spain’s Eurovision 2021 star will perform in a special “custom” concert, as part of a collaboration with Imagin. The “Voy a quedarme” singer announced the concert today on his Instagram story, encouraging fans to get involved and tell him what they wanted to see at the show. Fans will be able to vote in a series of polls to customise the show to their liking. Everything from the styling of Blas’ clothes to the song he’ll close the show with is in the hands of the fans. (Oliver A)
Måns Zelmerlöw travels to Rotterdam
Swedish Eurovision 2015 champion Måns Zelmerlöw is currently in Rotterdam. On his Instagram story, the “Heroes” singer shared images of a rooftop stage at night, complete with bright lights and a smoke machine. It’s yet to be confirmed exactly what he’s working on, but it’s very likely to be the recording of his Eurovision interval performance.
In March, Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS and NPO confirmed that the Måns would appear as one of the interval acts during the Eurovision 2021 grand final. Amongst other Eurovision legends like Lenny Kuhr, Helena Paparizou and Lordi, he will “Rock the Roof” with a special performance from the rooftop of Rotterdam’s Hotel New York. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Måns and co have in store for us. (Oliver A)
Natalia Gordienko gets Russian breakthrough award
Fans will have noticed that Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko has been spending a lot of time in Russia recently. And it appears that her hard work is paying off. Just a few short weeks after the glitzy showbiz launch of her Eurovision entry “Sugar”, Natalia has been awarded ‘Breakthrough Of The Year’ by MODA Topical magazine. “My debut award will give me the impetus and strength to conquer the European musical Olympus in Rotterdam”, she writes in a celebratory Instagram post.
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Barbara Pravi to perform in Spain
Following in the footsteps of Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears, Barbara Pravi will also sing her Eurovision song live in Spain. She’ll perform this Sunday following the latest episode of Telecinco’s documentary series Rocío. The broadcaster has already been using “Voilà” to promote the upcoming instalment. (Jordi)
— Luis Mesa ? (@luismesacabello) March 28, 2021
Eurovision and Glastonbury collide
Eurovision and Glastonbury are two of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. But the two rarely cross paths. However, the organisers behind the iconic British festival have confirmed that the usual event will be replaced with a special livestream. And instead of its normal June date, the concert will air on 22 May — the same night as the Eurovision final. However, all’s good between both parties, as evidenced by this Twitter exchange.
A global livestream event
Saturday, 22nd May, 2021
Tickets on sale now, at https://t.co/QTGMwdaW9i
For one night only, the greatest show online pic.twitter.com/ymJLc9RmPJ
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 31, 2021
🤔 tbh we’re a bit busy on that night @Glastonbury… but we’ve ordered new wellies in case September gets the go ahead 🥰
We’re just happy to see more and more live music coming back.
Music first. Always.
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 31, 2021
Aw, thanks guys! (One of our timed streams begins just after Eurovision finishes – we fully advocate people watching both!)
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) March 31, 2021
Duncan Laurence will perform a new song… not a new single at Eurovision 2021
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the reigning Eurovision champ Duncan Laurence will perform during both semi-final one and the grand final of this year’s contest. He’s due to perform a new song as part of his final set. Many assumed that this would be a new single, including ourselves. However, Duncan set us straight on Twitter. The new song will not be a single.
Not a single just a song 🙂
— Duncan Laurence (@dunclaurence) April 1, 2021
Additional contributions from Renske, Oliver and Jordi
Will you watch Barbara’s Spanish performance? Is Glastonbury wise to go up against Eurovision? Let us know in the comments.