Eurovision 1 April

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Haha loved Duncan’s simple response. I hope he sings ‘Last Night’ or ‘Umbrella’.

Dawid
Dawid
5 months ago

Inb4 Duncan says “not a new song, just a song” xd

GrantK
GrantK
5 months ago

Kirkorov photo bombing yet again… gross

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago

I’m sorry but I don’t understand .

If he is singing a new song , but it’s not a single , so he’s singing a double (like a mash-up song ) ? Is that what this means ?

Dawid
Dawid
5 months ago
Reply to  Kristian

There are singles and songs released as part of the albums. What you hear in radio are singles and songs promoting albums

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Ah , as in standalone release vs one released as part of an album ?

So they’re both basically songs but released differently

Nick
Nick
5 months ago

Can EBU invite Loreen, Jamala or Lena as interval acts next year, thanks

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Nick

Hallelujah !! We’re glorious ……

Rotkiw
Rotkiw
5 months ago

Are we sure Duncan not performing a single on Eurovision is not just April Fools? It just does not make sense tbh. Why would you perform on the biggest stage in the world and do a random song from a new album or EP?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

Isn’t Sylvana Simons from the party DENK?

Nevermind. She left DENK in 2016..

Last edited 5 months ago by GojoSatoru
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

No DENK is lead by Farid Azarkan and Tunahan Kuzu and is basically the Dutch akp party. They say they fight against discrimination but they mostly fight for islamic rights in the netherlands + other party members have been ditched for having too ‘progressive views’ which their followers didn’t like in the past.

Sylvana simons is Party leader of her own created ‘bij1’ and therefore now has a seat in the house of representatives. She focuses more on equality in general and appeals more to young people of color and women

Last edited 5 months ago by Frisian esc
Jofty
Jofty
5 months ago

Maybe Stephane and 3G could make a comeback for Georgia next year with your comment the name of their song?

Trina
Trina
5 months ago

Kirkorov has a LONG and storied history of being a perv, and of being incredibly disrespectful of and verbally abusive toward women. I wish the guy would just go away.

Fionn
Fionn
5 months ago

oh and he’s gay like 100%

Fun or ban?
Fun or ban?
5 months ago

I am tired of Mans

Branko86
Branko86
5 months ago
Reply to  Fun or ban?

Aren’t we all since 2015?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

The song which Duncan will sing could be Ice Age, Lighthouse or another song of the non-released album he had in 2019.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

True, definitely true.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Breaking news! Kazakhstan is scheduled to join ESC 2021 after all! They will be represented by Maruv with a song called “Prvi Travanj”. 😉

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

If you would’ve mentioned this tomorrow, I would’ve believed you, but it is April Fools Day. So..

SexyMama456
SexyMama456
5 months ago

Queen Nati living her best life, yasss

Gianni
Gianni
5 months ago

@Team Wiwibloggs: a post maybe on Patrick Juvet, Swiss representative in 1973 and major international disco star in the 70’s and 80’s, who passed away today??

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

According to https://www.babybytes.nl/namen/meisjes/Natalia, Natalia means “being born on Christmas day” (Natalia is born on December 11th, which is really close to Christmas day). It’s just funny how Kirkorov has a beard and white hair like Santa. The Russian breakthrough Award seems like an early Christmas present now.

Last edited 5 months ago by GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

For those who think I like Kirkorov, I do not like him. I personally just think it is funny how the meaning of Natalia’s name resembles what’s happening with her and Kirkorov right now. That’s why I made this comment.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

I’m defending no one in this conversation, but racism is everywhere. In Africa and South America you will experience racial discrimination when you are white. In America, Europe and Asia, you will experience racial discrimination when you are black. Asians get the most racial discrimination yet it is discussed the least on social media and the news. You are delusional if you think only black people can be affected by racism.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Definitely true. That’s also why I can’t take the Black Lives Matter movement seriously. The creator of that movement should’ve called it Black Lives Matter Too or All Lives Matter. Out of these 2, I think Black Lives Matter Too is the better one. Black Lives Matter sounds like that only black lives matter even though that was obviously not the intention. With Black Lives Matter Too and All Lives Matter you show you are battling for equality.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

That’s not a good enough reason to not take them seriously. Sometimes the comments and upvotes here make me very sad.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

How is it not enough? Black Lives Matter in the USA battles for race equality yet they are causing the opposite.

Btw, were @Daan and @Reus’ comments already removed when you commented?

cami
cami
5 months ago

I got a question? will the artists sing in Rotterdam or will they choose the live-on-tape performances?

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

You looking in the mirror when you say that?

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Just leave this place. We have no room for racists here.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

If you’ll stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for?

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Thankyou. I was once blocked by this site’s moderators for saying that I believe applying the same treatment to people irrespective of skin color is not racist . Atleast people here are supporting you with likes.

I fully endorse that all movements are based on “equal treatment “. and not preferential treatment because they were discriminated in the past.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

I thought I didn’t like the song cuz it sounds bad, but now I’m starting to feel moral indignation on behalf of poor Natalia.

Marc
Marc
5 months ago

Are there any concerns over the French delegation travelling to Rotterdam considering the current Covid situation in France?

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
5 months ago
Reply to  Marc

I feel between Europe at least (even though there are many many covid cases) the situation is more controllable. The biggest problem would be for North Macedonian, Albanian, Moldovan and, especially Russian delegation. By the time the weather is going to improve till May, the cases will be more limited hopefully and with vaccinations this is going to be limited

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Marc

I don’t think so. I feel like they’re all operating on about the same level of caution.

Fred
Fred
5 months ago

Thought The Roop would open it. Guess not. 🙂

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred

They’re opening the first semi.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred

It is a 50% opening 50% not opening as how I see it. Duncan Laurence is the actual opening act, but The Roop is the opening act based of the running order of contestants (what you obviously already knew).

Jofty
Jofty
5 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

So it is not impossible that the first two songs aired will be the 2019 winner followed by the 2021 winner?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Lithuania won’t win tho.

Last edited 5 months ago by GojoSatoru
Reus
Reus
5 months ago

Petition to ban Kirkorov from anything related to Eurovision.

je t'aime
je t'aime
5 months ago
Reply to  Reus

That was random

Rotkiw
Rotkiw
5 months ago
Reply to  Reus

Exactly. Dream team is a disaster.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

Congrats to Natalia!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
5 months ago

somebody help Natalia escape kirkorov, I cant remember the last time I saw her without him standing/sitting way too close to her

Denis
Denis
5 months ago

Glastonbury and Eurovision communicating? It¨s like summer and Christmas at the same time..

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago

Sooo duncan will sing one of his already released songs?

Samo
Samo
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

No, he said it is new song, but it won’t be a single.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Call me dumb but what is the difference between a song and a single? xD
Will the song be a part of a new album

Darren
Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Single would be an official release, on his album/EP whereas it just being a song, won’t necessarily be so.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Yes, it will probably be a new album.

Denis
Denis
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

A single will be released. A song is what you find on an album. But not every song will be a single.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Yes, meaning he will release an album and will sing one of the songs.