In the next in our series of profiles of wiwibloggs team members, we get to know Deban Aderemi. He’s a familiar face from wiwibloggs videos, where he joins in with reactions and reviews of the competing songs of Eurovision 2021. But there’s more to Deban than just that. We had a chat with the man himself!

Hi Deban, first up, what was your first experience with Eurovision?

Geneva, 1955. I was sitting at a lakeside café and got talking to a Swiss television producer named Marcel. He told me he was working on an idea for an international television show that would test the limits of live television broadcast technology.

Marcel said they’d been thinking about some sort of sports event. I said, Marcel, honey, the Olympics already own that brand. Think bigger. Look at Italy’s new Sanremo Music Festival. You need a European song competition. And the rest is history!

When did you first attend a Eurovision show? What was the experience like?

Lugano, 1956. Marcel insisted I witness his efforts first-hand. While I was there, I met a young Swiss singer named Lys. She had a little stage fright and I offered her a few words of support. I told her to GO OUT AND SLAY, HONEY.

And guess what? She only went on and won the whole thing. Lys asked me to join her on stage for the winner’s reprise. I couldn’t say no!

Fans love a good bit of Eurovision controversy. What is your favourite controversial moment?

Madrid, 1969. Before the contest, I said to the organisers, listen, you have so many strong acts this year, everyone is going to want to vote for them. You need a tiebreak rule. They said, don’t worry, that will never happen. But guess what? Spanish diva Salomé – 18 points. British diva Lulu – 18 points. Dutch diva Lenny – 18 points. French diva Frida – 18 points. All deserving winners. No way of breaking the tie.

Chaos and disarray, honey! I told them, Salvador Dalí might have designed the 1969 logo, but I don’t want the contest itself to feel like a surrealist landscape!

Costumes are a fun part of the Eurovision experience. What is your favourite costume that has graced the Eurovision stage?

Brighton, 1974. Before the show, I was talking to Björn and he mentioned they had two sets of costumes they couldn’t decide between. One had the men in finely cut dark suits and the women in evening gowns. The other option was wild. I said listen, honey, give me velour, give me satin, give me rhinestones, frills, sequins, chains, and give me golden platform boots. They went with that and they won.

What is your favourite Eurovision interval act?

Dublin, 1994. A group of Irish tap dancers had been called upon to perform as the interval act. They were originally called Emerald Isle Tap-stravaganza ’94, But I said to them, listen, you need a name that will travel. You’ve got dancing and Ireland has rivers. Combine then and what have you got? Riverdance. Riv-er-dance! Game-changing. Life-changing. Move those feet, honeys!

Eurovision events wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the show’s production teams. Do you have any favourite moments from behind-the-scenes?

Düsseldorf, 2011. Jon Ola came to me and said, look, it’s my first ever year and they’re going to come to me on camera to approve the results. He said he needed a catchphrase to strengthen his personal brand. At first I suggested “Let’s do this” but he wasn’t sure if it would work with his cool Nordic demeanour. Then inspiration struck and I said “Jon Ola, you must say: TAKE IT AWAY, HUNTIES!” He loved it.

Deban, your Eurovision memories are going back a lot further than we were expecting….

I never miss a show!

Do you remember Romania’s act in 2013, Cezar? And people joked and said that he looked like a vampire? And vampires are known for their immortality…

Give me that Dracula realness, hunty! As Cezar sang:

It’s my life and I know it’s not forever
It’s my life and I’ll share it all with you
It’s my life, we were meant to be together
I’ll give my life to you

Thank you for taking the time to share your stories, Deban!

You’re welcome.

Special thanks to Wiwibloggs historical photo library archivist Oranie Abbes.

Update: 12:00 GMT, 1 April 2021. It has come to our attention this today is April Fool’s Day and therefore some of the fact in this post may not be entirely correct. We’re not sure which ones, though.

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Jay
Jay
7 months ago

How old is Deban?

Colin
Colin
8 months ago

Deban is a Eurovision legend! This article is gold! 🙂

Ben
Ben
8 months ago

Throughout all of those decades, Deban has barely aged! Good for him! He’ll always be an integral part of Eurovision history.

American Boy
American Boy
8 months ago

I thought this was a real article on Deban. I was left wondering how old is Deban! Then I saw his face inserted on the bodies of different people and I knew it was fake! lol

esc1234
esc1234
8 months ago

Jokes aside, it would be interesting to actually meet the team. You guys do a great job but we know so little about you.

Yannos
Yannos
8 months ago

Deban is iconic! Love his videos! He is such a joy

Sjodni
Sjodni
8 months ago

I love this! Perfect, great April Fools Joke guys!

AMonsterLikeMe
AMonsterLikeMe
8 months ago

debanaderemiwiwibloggsdotcom is one of the most iconic people on this planet, the god of brutal honesty and an immortal legend.

Dave
Dave
8 months ago

Maybe you could do a non April fools version of this? I would love to get to know deban better!!

Lala
Lala
8 months ago

The never ending enigma how old is Deban, but also William’s age is not known. I hope someone someday will tell us the answers.?

Ahoy Alexis
Ahoy Alexis
8 months ago

Oh Robyn – how you tickle me.

leigh
leigh
8 months ago

we just want to know if deban is really 60 !!

Last edited 8 months ago by leigh
notyourtoy
notyourtoy
8 months ago

Hahaha Deban is a Queen like Queen Elizabeth! S-LAY GUURL!

Florence Petit
Florence Petit
8 months ago

Deban is immortal…loving it 🙂

Last edited 8 months ago by Florence Petit
DonutLover
DonutLover
8 months ago

Its a great way to make a joke but also look back at some big historic esc moments!
Good job wiwi!

Lloyd
Lloyd
8 months ago

You could have done something better for april fools. Had the perfect ammunition of the contest is cancelled again

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
8 months ago

I’m dying. Thanks for this guys

cmh787
cmh787
8 months ago

is this april fools prank their reaction to all of us finding out that he’s pushing 60 irl?

MariAkki
MariAkki
8 months ago
Reply to  cmh787

Wait, what?

Fatima
Fatima
8 months ago

Got me going for a couple of pars … for a moment I thought: he was around in 1955?

Nobody
Nobody
8 months ago

First funny april fools joke I’ve seen, congratulations guys! 🙂

ReiRei
ReiRei
8 months ago

Is the Belarus rumor true that they now either submit NAVIBAND or KAZNA as representatives? Wasn‘t there a deadline?

Not fair if you ask me.

Kosey
Kosey
8 months ago

I find it admirable that Deban has the ability to seamlessly flit between displaying the wisdom of a 70 year old and the gay abandon of an 18 year-old. Maybe we could say he is timeless?

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
8 months ago

April fools.

Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago

It’s so easy to imagine Deban as the Eurovision Count of Saint-German – a man who knows everything and never dies.

Lucie Zápotocná
Lucie Zápotocná
8 months ago

Omg I was really thinking about his first answer…btw it’s Sergey Lazarev’s birthday today…so happy birthday!!!

Esc addict
Esc addict
8 months ago

😉

Lucie Zápoto?ná
Lucie Zápoto?ná
8 months ago

Omg I was really thinking about his first answer…btw it’s Sergey Lazarev’s birthday today…so happy birthday!!!

Last edited 8 months ago by Lucie Zápoto?ná