Eurovision 5 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 Barbara Pravi performs in Spain, Tusse declines to be labelled and Fyr & Flamme parody YouTube reactors. But first…

Eurovision news: 5 April

Måneskin give live performance on Radio Italia

As the Sanremo champions and with a new album to promote, Måneskin aren’t standing still. On Friday night, the four-piece rock band gave a live performance on Radio Italia. The group kicked off with their Eurovision 2021 entry “Zitti e buoni” and ran through a selection of new tracks and old favourites. (Robyn)

Eight more acts confirmed for Spain’s Pre-Party ES 2021

Over the past few days, eight more Eurovision 2021 acts have said YAY to Spain’s online Eurovision pre-party. They are Germany’s Jendrik, Bulgaria’s Victoria, Croatia’s Albina, Ukraine’s Go_A, Malta’s Destiny, Ireland’s Lesley Roy, Latvia’s Samanta Tīna and North Macedonia’s Vasil. As Eurovision Spain confirmed in late March, the fifth edition of the #ESPreParty will take place on Saturday 24 April, live on YouTube. (Jordi)

Fyr & Flamme parody Eurovision YouTube reactors

With the rise of YouTube has come the rise of Eurovision reaction videos. Everyone and their dog wants to give an opinion on the songs competing in the contest. Now Denmark’s act Fyr & Flamme have recorded their own reaction video – to themselves. The duo create a parody channel called Utopia and pretend to react to their national final performance from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Unable to speak Danish or pronounce the song’s title, they discuss the track’s retro sound and the performance’s bright colours and costuming. In the end, Carsten and Jukka from Utopia believe that Denmark will sadly not qualify from their semi-final in May. (Jonathan)

 

Senhit meets Anxhela Peristeri

Building bridges! San Marino’s Eurovision icon Senhit continues to make international connections. The “Adrenalina” singer visited Albania, where she met with Eurovision 2021 star Anxhela Peristeri. On Twitter and Instagram, the Festivali i Këngës winner and “Karma” singer shared a photo of the pair embracing, captioned “I really loved meeting you”.(Oliver A)

Blind Channel and The Roop take over Eurovision social media

Stars from Finland and Lithuania took over the official Eurovision Instagram account this weekend. Blind Channel streamed a live question and answer session from a quiet socially-distanced bar, taking shots and serving up good times. Meanwhile, The Roop shared some of their Easter weekend activities. Vaidotas revealed his favourite Eurovision song ever as Salvador Sobral’s “Amar pelos dois”, and explained the origins behind the band’s name: “Roop” is an old English word meaning to scream or cry out loud. (Oliver A)

 

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Jeangu Macrooy performs “Birth of a New Age” on NPO1

On Saturday night, Jeangu Macrooy appeared in a special concert broadcast on NPO1. The show called Als Ik Je Weer Zie — “When will I see you again” — paid tribute to behind-the-scene stars who often stay away from the spotlight and those who are now working from home or have even lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Live from Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome arena, The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2021 star performed “Birth of a New Age”. The show also featured performances from Dutch Eurovision stars O’G3NE and Douwe Bob. (Oliver A)

 

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Victoria spends a beautiful day at the beach

Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 star Victoria spent a deserved day off by beautiful Bulgarian coast. The Varna native took several pictures showing her long amber hair. On Instagram, the “Growing Up Is Getting Old” hitmaker wrote: ““a beautiful day at the beach part 2”✨”. (Renske)

 

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Hooverphonic rehearse for Eurovison 2021 performance

Flemish band Hooverphonic are preparing themselves for their big performance in the first semi-final in Rotterdam. Showing an atmospheric background, the trio wrote on Instagram: Just fifty more days to go, and we’ll be performing our @eurovision entry ‘The Wrong Place’ in Rotterdam. We’re stoked to give it our best. That’s why today’s rehearsal is as crucial as any soundcheck 🎶”. (Renske)

 

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Tusse makes the cover of QX…refuses to be labelled

Tusse is the cover star for this month’s QX, Sweden’s largest LGBTQ+ magazine. The inside interview touches on his Melfest victory and the story of how he fled the Congo as a child. The singer is known for experimenting with gender norms, most notably wearing nail polish during his performances. But despite the interviewer’s best attempts, Tusse won’t be drawn on his sexual identity. “I have always seen personality before gender. Personally, I’m a little wary of putting labels on others”, he says. “Also because I myself am not so fond of others putting labels on me. There is a freedom in that everyone should be allowed to be who they are and be seen for just that. And in the same way, I want to be seen for who I am. I’m simply Tusse”.

 

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Barbara Pravi performs “Voilà” on Spanish television

Following Gjon’s Tears, Barbara Pravi has also travelled to Spain to perform her song live on Telecinco. Like “Tout l’univers”, Barabara’s song “Voilà” is being used on the popular Spanish documentary series Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva. Barbara performed the song standing alone on stage, with graphics showing scenes from the series along with Spanish translations of key lyrics. The Spanish exposure is having an impact — “Voilà” is currently No.1 in Spain’s Viral 50 chart on Spotify. Watch Barbara’s live “Voilà” performance at Telecinco. (Robyn)

Additional contributions from Robyn, Jordi, Renske, Jonathan and Oliver

What do you think of Barbara’s live performance in Spain? Would you subscribe to Fyr & Flamme’s reaction channel? Let us know in the comments.

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nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

Maneskin are fantastic, Barbara is also brilliant. My favorites, wanna see them in TOP 2. Cannot decide who I want to win more. Maybe, leaning a little bit more to Italy just because they desreve it for a so long time.

Manuel de Sousa
Manuel de Sousa
1 month ago

Am tired of potential LGBT role models being like “no labels”

My sexuality isn’t a label, it’s a part of my identity

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

Very that.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

I thought the same, but it’s unfair for us to expect a teenager to answer to a magazine, especially if he hasn’t even figured out the answer for himself yet.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

On the other hand you could ask why is labelling so important for some? As soon as someone who is a bit fluid comes along people must go on and on asking and wondering “gay, bi”, pan, trans” Like does it matter? Why is that an issue to you? Sexuality is private, not something other people use to define you.

Last edited 1 month ago by Denis
Datme
Datme
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Deffo agree, labels can help with finding yourself/understanding your identity better or just finally have that moment of “Oh that’s what it is! And there are people out there just like me!” BUT it’s also not necessary to set strict lines on identities and which words/labels people use to describe themselves. Like, I thought the point was to break out from restrictive roles and labels decided for you by others. That’s my view anyway.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Fyr och flamme are hilarious (it’s sad I don’t like their song :-/)

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

And that same face expression from Barbara.. boring.

ERUS
ERUS
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I can’t deal with these comments sometimes. Ridiculous.

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

You are so right ! Next time she should wear a red clown nose , smile the whole time, make funny faces and then do pole dance.
This would totally fit with the lyrics and the message of her song…
By the way if you do not like someone’s face expression, why do you take time to look at it ?

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

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Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

What is she supposed to do lmaoooo as if Duncan Laurence had many different facial expression during all the Arcade lives. Pathetic comment.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Why this swedish gurl spread her hatred on everything except on what is from Sweden, I can’t….

Una
Una
1 month ago

I *loved* Fyr of Flammme’s reaction vid. Excellent. So funny from beginning to the end. It’s now one of my qualifiers.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Fyr og Flamme are hilarious, I definitely have a soft spot for them. They don’t take themselves so seriously, which is such a breath of fresh air in this day and age. I love their whole package. They have a catchy, light-hearted fun tune and they seem like fun, down-to-earth guys as well. They’ll be getting my vote.

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JulianA
JulianA
1 month ago

Måneskin Italy one love !!!

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  JulianA

ITALY 2021 ESC WINNER !

JulianA
JulianA
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

I wouldn’t mind if it happen. You deserve this victory.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Eurovision-related news…
….and Victoria goes to the beach.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

I can see the Audience who voted for Amar pelos dois can absolutely vote for Voila !

I’m not a fan of the song but I love her accent , lol !

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

Even though Voilà is a beautiful song and Barabara a good singer, there is not this magical atmosphere that was there with Salvador in 2017. He was just out of this world.

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

I’m not a music conosieur. I don’t personally like either of the two songs much. To my ears they sound catering to the same audience . Except Voila sounds more closer to 2021 than Portugal was to 2017. Maybe that’s where Portugal’s charm was or maybe the charm was in the song. I definitely see it as a contender to win .

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

No magical atmosphere…. that’s exactly what she creates each time she performs and she’s better and better each times.
The eurofans have definetely a problem with this song, but this song is mainly made to be more successful outside this bubble.

Bryn Collins
Bryn Collins
1 month ago

In relation to tusse As the wise Katya zamolodkiova once said “Where my pansexuals at? Just one ok”

Kenny03
Kenny03
1 month ago

Love France and Denmark!!!!!

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
1 month ago

That Fyr Flamme video was kinda funny, but also a bit too ironic. After all, these reaction videos are promoting their work, they should be a bit mooore respectful, they made it seem like they thing everyone doing reactions is a bit stupid.

Car
Car
1 month ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

LOL The reaction videos are not promoting their work, they are promoting the people who do them.

Eugenie
Eugenie
1 month ago
Reply to  Car

Actually, they promote both.

Oihubeldarra
Oihubeldarra
1 month ago

Barbara was just wonderful – the performance, the gesture of learning a couple of lines from a Spanish song, her meeting Blas… She keeps growing on me more and more everyday, can’t wait to see her at the PrePartyES.

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  Oihubeldarra

Could someone explain me the down votes?

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Oihubeldarra

Why the downvotes??

Lujxk
Lujxk
1 month ago

Boycott France for their racism!

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Lujxk

Sure Barbara a french having Serbian, Iranian and Polish roots shows very well the big racism of France….

Sami
Sami
1 month ago
Reply to  Lujxk

This is a song contest daim

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Lujxk

What does Barbara have to do with political decisions made in her country …

Last edited 1 month ago by Grft
Arthur
Arthur
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

grft, what political decisions are you talking about anyway? We have the most anti-racist gouvernement we could have…

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Arthur

I think what Lujxk might be touching on is the over application of the concept of “laicete” to bear down on Muslim communities (banning the hijab in schools/outlawing the sale of halal chicken) as well as the general racism that most countries internationally perpetuate.

France certainly isn’t the most racist country participating and political boycotts of entire nations aren’t the best thing to pursue just because any country would probably qualify for violations of human rights and equality, but I would not call the French government an anti racist government either.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Arthur

I think Lujxk was referring to the recent ban for all hijabi mothers to attend school meetings / for all girls under 18 to wear a hijab. Which is, let’s be honest, not the most anti-racist policy to exist. It is not welcomed warmly outside of France. And not so well inside of France either as I’ve understood.

Eugenie
Eugenie
1 month ago
Reply to  Lujxk

It’s funny how XXI century gave us people obsessed with boycotting something. The more I see cancel culture, the more I’m sure that it’s just another way of validation.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Cancel culture has always existed since civilisation did, the only difference now is that the powerful in society can be cancelled too. I mean, the Inquisitions of the 16th century represent states and elements of the Catholic Church trying to cancel Protestants and Jews, sometimes from existence in the most extreme cases.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Victoria would like to go to perform in Spain too now… I don’t know what to think about that but let’s see what will happen, the pre contest is on fire in Spain.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Notice how Tusse’s nail polish had the colours of Swedish flag painted on them? That’s cool..
Also where can you get that suit? Asking for a friend..

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Barbara also met Blas Canto this morning, they shared pictures!

Pachaz
Pachaz
1 month ago

Beautiful Barbara Pravi, Amazing live performance !

Pasadena
Pasadena
1 month ago

Will France be the Portugal of 2017? I wouldn’t mind. And on a different note, you just got to love Fyr & Flamme! 🙂

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
Reply to  Pasadena

I like Denmark !

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr X

Me too 😉

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Pasadena

Like why aren’t people doing this comparison ?

Apparently Je me Casse “is ” Toy
And Tout L’Univers “is” Arcade
Why isn’t Voila = Amar Pelos dois ?
Why isn’t Zitti e buoni = Hard rock hallelujah

If you start looking for similarities you’d find them , but none of them comparisons make the song same. They are all distinctly different and if anything being compared to a winning song can only be a compliment.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

In my ears they are not very original because of these similaries. And that is what everyone is screaming for at this site. It must be so original all the time.. And here we have at least three songs that sound like a former winner. If it’s the message or the sound. However Måneskin does not remind me of Lordi.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristian

« Why aren’t people doing this comparison »……. I mean… people ARE doing this comparison… including you

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

I said , people are specifically comparing the songs of Malta and Switzerland to Former winners.

And Je me Casse doens’t even come close to Toy for me, lol

But some of those same people are calling Voila original. I’m calling out the hypocrisy of the thing. If they are copies , then call them a copy. If they are reminding you of something good , call it a quality . None of the songs are copies .