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
14 days ago

How old is Deban?

William Lee Adams
Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Jay

60+

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

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

Ben
Ben
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Sjodni
Sjodni
1 month ago

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

AMonsterLikeMe
AMonsterLikeMe
1 month ago

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

Dave
Dave
1 month ago

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

Lala
Lala
1 month 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
1 month ago

Oh Robyn – how you tickle me.

leigh
leigh
1 month ago

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

Last edited 1 month ago by leigh
notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

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

Florence Petit
Florence Petit
1 month ago

Deban is immortal…loving it 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Florence Petit
DonutLover
DonutLover
1 month ago

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

Lloyd
Lloyd
1 month ago

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

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
1 month ago

I’m dying. Thanks for this guys

cmh787
cmh787
1 month ago

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

MariAkki
MariAkki
1 month ago
Reply to  cmh787

Wait, what?

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

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

Nobody
Nobody
1 month ago

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

ReiRei
ReiRei
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

April fools.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

😉

Lucie Zápoto?ná
Lucie Zápoto?ná
1 month ago

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

Last edited 1 month ago by Lucie Zápoto?ná