Eurovision 6 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 Senhit travels to Poland, Stefania and Jeangu Macrooy get immortalised in commerative banknotes and Anxhela Peristeri performs an acoustic version of “Karma”. But first…

Eurovision news: 6 April

TIX reflects on his career in NRK documentary

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has released a documentary looking at TIX’s music career. The “Fallen Angel” singer watches a number of clips, with highlights from his music career and special messages from people including his old school music teacher, Norway’s Minister of Health and American popstress Ava Max. TIX also talks about how he considered withdrawing from Melodi Grand Prix 2021 after “Ut av mørket” was badly received by Norwegian music reviewers. Watch out for the cameo appearance of TIX’s cat Findus! The show is in Norwegian, but you can make English subtitles by turning on Norwegian subtitles and translating to English in your browser. Watch TIX at NRK. (Robyn)

TIX nominated for Norway’s Song of the Year — twice

It’s been a big year for TIX and it’s getting even bigger. The Norwegian singer-songwriter has two songs nominated for Song of the Year at Norway’s Spellemannprisen music awards. TIX’s Paradise Hotel theme “Kaller På Deg” and quarantine song “Karantene” have both been nominated. The winner is decided by public vote so TIX is urging his fans to only vote for “Karantene”. He says the uplifting song “has had a real impact on our society. It is a song that has helped people and put into words a common feeling the whole Norwegian people have been with.” (Robyn)

 

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Victoria set for emotional interview

This Sunday, Victoria will be a guest on the Bulgarian TV show Wanted. In the trailer for the interview, she says “It is really hard that my father is very sick and he is not getting better. I summon everybody to appreciate their families”. This looks set to be the most emotional interview she has ever given. (Cinan)

Stefania and Jeangu get their own commerative banknotes

Last year, the Netherlands released a special commemoration coin for Eurovision’s 65th jubilee edition. This year, the Royal Dutch Mint has unveiled some Eurovision banknotes to the value of €0. The special set consists of three purple-coloured notes which depict the Erasmus Bridge, Netherlands’ singer Jeangu Marcooy and Dutch-born Greek representative Stefania.  But they are not for wider circulation as only 2021 pieces will be distributed. (Renske)

 

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Barbara Pravi meets Blas Cantó

While in Spain preparing for her live performance on Rocío, contar la verdad para seguir viva, the French chanteuse met up with the Spanish cantante for a spot of lunch. Barbara and Blas chatted over coffee and ham sandwiches, and later shared a photo of their farewell moment at Madrid airport. “Thank you my angel for your generosity, the words will be in my heart forever”, the “Voy a quedarme” singer wrote on Instagram. (Oliver A)

 

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Pastora Soler backs Barbara Pravi

After giving Spain a top-ten finish in 2012 with the beloved power ballad “Quédate conmigo”, Pastora Soler has a favourite for Eurovision 2021. The Spanish diva tweeted her support of France’s Barbara Pravi after the chanteuse performed “Voilà” live on Spanish television. Barbara responded, thanking Pastora for the love. Queens supporting queens! (Robyn)

Daði Freyr shows off his “10 Years” robot costume

The Berlin-based Icelandic superstar took to Instagram to give fans a closer look at his robot costume from the “10 Years” music video. Within the video’s narrative, the robot is piloted by the six members of Gagnamagnið — each controlling one of the robot’s body parts as they fight off the Kaiju monster. But in reality, it was Daði and his wife Árný beneath the costumes all along. Also, on her own Instagram story Árný shared the process behind creating the monster — its head is made from an upcycled motorcycle helmet! (Oliver A)

 

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Montaigne begins filming “Technicolour” music video

Australia’s Eurovision 2021 star Montaigne is set to begin shooting her “Technicolour” music video tomorrow. She announced the news on Twitter, where she also shared a photo of her Australia Decides 2020 trophy — after finding the base that had been lost for some time! (Oliver A)

Confused local finds tiny house for Eurovision 2021 postcard in his backyard

A citizen of the Eastern Dutch city Nijmegen shared a picture taken from his house near the city’s Handelskade. The house looks over the picturesque Waalhaven, showing luxury estate penthouses and the famous railway bridge. On Monday, the local noticed a rather interesting change of scenery. On the quay, a luminous little house had appeared. Taking to Twitter, the bemused man asked why the tiny house was standing in his back yard. Rather quickly, the Nijmegenaar discovered that it was connected to the Eurovision 2021 postcard recordings. (Renske)

Senhit travels to Poland

Last week, Polish Eurovision star Rafał posted to his Instagram story inviting San Marino’s Senhit to collaborate. And now, the Italian-born superstar seems to be taking him up on the offer. On Instagram, Senhit posted a video of herself in an airport, preparing to travel to Warsaw, Poland. “I can’t wait to come to you Rafał”, she said. “Thank you very much for the invitation, and see you very soon.” Could the “Adrenalina” singer be gearing up for a duet with the “The Ride” crooner? (Oliver A)

 

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Lesley Roy makes the cover of VIP magazine

The “Maps” singer and Eurovision fan favourite from Ireland appear on the cover of the April edition of Irish gossip magazine VIP, out tomorrow. Lesley and her wife Lauren are featured in the celebrity tabloid talking about songwriting, mental health and all things Eurovision. “The next few weeks will be epic!”, the pair say. (Oliver A)

 

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Anxhela Peristeri performs “Karma” acoustic on children’s television

On Monday evening, the Festivali i Këngës winner gave an acoustic performance of “Karma” on Albanian television. Accompanied by just a piano, Anxhela Peristeri sang her Eurovision 2021 song on TV KLAN’s Ne Kurthin e Piter Pan. She also gave a solo violin performance and answered some pressing questions from her young fans. You can watch Anxhela’s performance of “Karma”. (Oliver A)

 

Additional contributions from Robyn, Renske, Cinan and Oliver

Are you excited for Montaigne’s music video? Will you watch the TIX documentary? Let us know in the comments.

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Whisker
Whisker
9 days ago

Why would anyone perform a song like “Karma” on a kids TV show?

Jofty
Jofty
9 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Well children are very advanced these days they even have a 3 to 9 year old voting category in Sweden. I could ask my 4-year old nephew for his view on “Karma”? I have a premonition that I will be voting for it myself.

Whisker
Whisker
9 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

They can’t understand the message of the song. They can vote on visuals and melody at best?
That would be fun, ask him if you want to, but please share his answer!

Lujxk
Lujxk
9 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Is that a problem?

Whisker
Whisker
9 days ago
Reply to  Lujxk

I think it’s utterly useless.

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 days ago

When I saw the robot guy from Iceland, I physically cringed.

Esc addict
Esc addict
10 days ago

Very sad for Victoria I hope his father will be better very soon. Wow on the main picture of this article I thought Lesley had meet Jamala! Her wife looks like so much to Jamala imo! She lives with an eurovision winner! 😉 Blas is an angel too 😉 , and Pastora Soler what a queen with taste! Anxhela always flawless and beautiful Congratulations TIX for the nominations. Looking forward to see the MV of Technicolor, Montaigne is a real artist with her own vision. Dadi is this your outfits to perform on Rotterdam’s stage in May ? 🙂 Senhit… Read more »

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Mr X
Mr X
9 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Anxhela has also the best female voice this year. her song is so underrated in the polls….

Dawid
Dawid
8 days ago
Reply to  Mr X

Maybe she does, but in chorus it sounds as if she struggled a lot with high note. Maybe it’s not supposed to be a high note to begin with, idk, but that’s the impression I get and it’s pretty bad if you’re taking a part in competetion.

Neil
Neil
10 days ago

Idk why Technicolor is so underrated… its my 7th, maybe even more.

Kristian
Kristian
10 days ago
Reply to  Neil

It’s currently not predicted to qualify!
It is in my qualifiers but I see most people not agreeing

Only the jury can help now.

Neil
Neil
10 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

I hope it can pull through, it is Australia after all

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

I don’t know, technicolor does not seem to be a very jury friendly song, which could hurt Australia. Australia’s televote popularity has been declining over the years, and if even the jury won’t back technicolor, Australia could be out for the very first time. I’m not completely pessimist that Australia will be out, but I do think it is a little more vulnerable this year. Maybe Montaigne pull through, but if her vocals are patchy in semi final one, and if this song does not appeal to the jury, g’bye Australia.

Dawid
Dawid
8 days ago
Reply to  Kristian

Squeek teen and drunk auntie qualified, so I’d be shocked if Montaigne with better song failed to qualify.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
9 days ago
Reply to  Neil

Let’s hope that the staging will not be messy, just like ”Don’t break me”. Cause she has potential even though right now the predictions have her more likely out

medo
medo
10 days ago

Blas and Barbara looks like a cute couple. :’)

Fionn
Fionn
9 days ago
Reply to  medo

I think he’s gay…

Patata
Patata
9 days ago
Reply to  Fionn

He’s bi

raylee
raylee
9 days ago
Reply to  Fionn

i wish … is he really ?

Dawid
Dawid
8 days ago
Reply to  medo

Couple of besties 😀